Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards 2019

People at the Cumbria Life Food & Drink awards

Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards 2019 

The eighth Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards take place at Kendal College on Thursday, March 21 when the best restaurateurs, hoteliers, chefs, pub landlords, café owners and food and drink producers will compete across 14 categories. 

This year’s host is food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, best known for his long-running appearances on Radio 2’s Drivetime show with Chris Evans and Simon Mayo, when he presented recipes and dishes live on air. 

Nigel, who visits Cumbria several times a year to see friends and family and has many links to the county, is thrilled to be returning in March. 

He said: “I’m delighted to be hosting the Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards, as it’s a region awash with artisan food and drink producers and talented chefs.  

“It’s a part of the world I know really well, having attended Sedbergh School, following in the footsteps of my father and two older brothers.” 

On the awards night, students from Kendal College, which has hosted the event since its inception, will cook a three-course dinner for nominees and guests, overseen by head of school for hospitality Richard Axford. 

The food for the event will be supplied by independent north west retailer Booths, which is generously supporting the awards for the seventh year.