New food festival coming to Kirkby Lonsdale

Hipping Hall's Head Chef Oli Martin.
Hipping Hall's Head Chef Oli Martin.

Oli Martin, the head chef at Hipping Hall, is set to showcase his talents at this year’s first ever Taste Cumbria Food Festival in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The new festival is designed to be a showcase of all that is great about Cumbria’s food and drink, from artisan producers, brewers and of course chefs.

The latest offering from the taste stable will transform Kirkby Lonsdale into a real foodie’s paradise, as more than 40 top producers set up shop.

The Kirkby Lonsdale beer festival will also get underway and a host of chefs are set to take over the Lunesdale Hall to treat audiences to tips and live cookery demonstrations.

Oli Martin will share some of his recipe secrets and insight to festival-goers when he visits the Lunesdale Hall on Sunday, April 16.

Oli will also be cooking up a storm using a potter’s kiln during the three-day festival on Hipping Hall’s stand in the main square during the Easter Weekend.

Martin, who is no stranger to food festivals, has been busy perfecting his new spring menus.

The chef has worked in restaurant kitchens all over the world; including Nigel Howarth’s Michelin starred restaurant Northcote before he took the helm behind the stoves at Hipping.

Oli said: “We’ve been on an interesting journey with Hipping Hall so far this year, deciding to physically reconnect the restaurant with the landscape in which it sits.

“We’ve used a host of local crafts people to create some amazing things like paint pigments using minerals from the landscape, ironwork reflecting the Hall’s past as a smithy and ceramicists to create an entire service of plates and bowls using local stone from across three counties close to Hipping; Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

“As well as that I’ve been working with a wealth of great local food producers, which gives me everything I need to create tantalising modern British dishes using the freshest possible locally sourced and produced ingredients.”

To get a sneak preview of Oli’s spring menus pop to The Taste Cumbria Food Festival, Kirkby Lonsdale, between April 14-16.