The Lakes is proud to be sponsoring the first Rheged Food & Drink Show 14th & 15th September

We’re delighted to be the sponsor of the first Rheged Food & Drink Show which is being held just across the road at Rheged on 14th & 15th September. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet local food and drink producers – and chance to see some of our county’s finest chefs and sommeliers in action.

We’ve sent our Laid With Love eggs to the chefs taking part and are looking forward to hearing what they think of them.lakes free range at food event

Entry to the show is £5/day – with lots of free talks and demo’s – and a few extra special ones that you can pay a little more to see. We’re also looking forward to the two lunch experiences – pairing food and drink for those who enjoy fine dining.

From cakes and coffee to butchery and bread demo’s there’s a lot packed into the two days. Have a look at the full itinerary below which you will see, includes Helen Brass in conversation with some of the chefs and demonstrators.

 Saturday 14 September 

11am – Lee Scrimgeour, Stonehouse Smokery (Free)
Lee will be talking about how he got into cooking and how he puts his ethical farming practices into his own Smokery business. He will be demonstrating how they strive to use the best quality ingredients to complement the quality of their meat throughout the different types of charcuterie. In conversation with Helen Brass, Director of the Lakes Free Range Egg Co.

11am – Soulful Baker Julie Jones Watch and Learn masterclass (£25 incl. show entry)

Full of tips and tricks on how to get pastry right, no fancy equipment necessary! In this practical demonstration, Julie will show you how to make pastry like a professional.

Price includes entry into the Food & Drink show, tea or coffee on arrival and some taster treats provided by Julie. Find out more and book here 

12 noon – ‘Whole Carcass Butchery’ with Dave Morland of Westmorland, owners of Tebay Services Farmshop & Kitchen and the Rheged Centre (Free)
How to use a whole carcass of lamb. Dave will also be joined by Marc Pattinson, graduate of the Westmorland Butchery Apprenticeship scheme and Butcher in Tebay Services Farmshop.

12.30pm – Wine Pairing lunch experience (£40 includes show entry and 3 courses paired with wines)

Head chef Scott Fairweather from  The Black Swan at Ravenstonedale and Richard Bracken, wine sommelier from Grapevine, previously from Askham Hall, for a Cumbrian 3 course meal matched with the perfect wines.

  • Crab and Elderflower
  • Pork and Gooseberries
  • Coconut Pavlova

To book: click to go to the Rheged wine pairing event booking page

1pm – Helen Askew, Tipsy Filly (free)
Helen will be mixing up cocktails using various local gins including her very own “Tipsy Filly Gin” to be launched at the show, while showcasing fresh organic fruit from our charitable partner, Growing Well.

2pm – Oli Martin, of Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale (free)
Masterchef finalist Oli Martin will be showcasing the organic produce from our supported charity Growing Well.

3pm – Nick Edgar, of Ryebeck, Windermere
For those who won’t be at the Cumbria Taster lunch on Sunday, you can see what will be served – Nick will be demonstrating the dish he will be serving at our Cumbrian Taster lunch on Sunday; Poached egg, Lemon and lime sabayon, English sweetcorn, hazelnut, chorizo fricassee using Stonehouse Smokery cured meat and our Laid With Love eggs.

Saturday night – see Jay Raynor’s new show – My Last Supper. Tickets (£20)

It’s a 55-minute talk followed by half an hour Q&A. Jay has been a restaurant critic for two decades, written reviews of over 1000 establishments, and if there is one thing he’s learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.

Jay is an award-winning journalist, writer and broadcaster. He has been the Observer newspaper’s restaurant critic for over 20 years, is a regular judge on Masterchef and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet. His latest collection of negative reviews is called Wasted Calories and Ruined Nights. He has a lot of hair and a fine collection of flowery shirts. Interested in this event?  Book Jay Raynor evening

Sunday 15 September 

10.30am – showstopper cake decorating with Laura Johnson – cakes from the Lakes (£25 includes show entry) – create your own chocolate drippy cake to take home

1 ½ hours of cake heaven. Have you ever been wowed by one of the recent on-trend cakes you’ve seen? Well, why not step into the ‘Cake Decorating’ world and give it a go!

You can enjoy a professional demo with step by step instructions, and have a go yourself at creating a ‘Chocolate Drippy Cake’ which you can proudly take home and enjoy with family and friends!

Laura in the Lakes Café and Wholesale Bakery in Keswick produce wonderfully tasty food, boast the biggest and best scones in the lakes and their cake assortment is unrivalled. Find out more and book here 

11am – Luke Whittle, of Forest Side, Grasmere (free)
Luke, from Forest Side,  will be cooking up a delicious Cumbrian breakfast with a twist, while chatting to Helen Brass owner of The Lakes Free Range Egg Co.

12 noon – ‘Whole Carcass Butchery’ with Dave Morland of Westmorland, owners of Tebay Services Farmshop & Kitchen and the Rheged Centre
How to use a whole carcass of lamb. Dave will also be joined by Marc Pattinson, graduate of the Westmorland Butchery Apprenticeship scheme and Butcher in Tebay Services Farmshop.

Special Experience: Sunday Lunch – the Cumbrian Taster Menu

Chefs and demos at food and drink show

6 small plate taster menu matching each course with the perfect drink. Arguably this is the finest of fine dining in Cumbria this weekend. Join a professional collaboration of chefs including Oli Martin, head chef at Hipping Hall and finalist on MasterChef 2018, Ryan Blackburn, head chef at The Old Stamphouse and Nick Edgar from The Ryebeck.

They’ll be creating a six small plate taster menu, with each course perfectly matched with an accompanying drink.

You’ll also have the chance to speak to each chef regarding the menu and ask any foodie questions.

Tickets (£55) for this event and show entry. To book: Click here for the Cumbrian-taster-menu-experience  

1pm – Ben Wilkinson, Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite (free)
Ben Wilkinson Head Chef of Cottage in the Wood at Winlatter will be cooking up Seared Lake District venison, fermented cabbage and charcoal emulsion – making interesting talking points throughout the demo!

2pm – Sharon Heron, Fyne Fish Fishmongers (free)
Making a sushi platter. At the end of the demo, the delicious platter will be auctioned off to raise money for our charity partner, Growing Well

3pm – Ryan Blackburn, owner and chef of The Old Stamphouse, Ambleside & Richard Bracken of Grapevine (free)
Front of House meets the Kitchen! Ryan and Richard will be sharing their food and wine matching secrets.Hens and Lakes