Chef to showcase talents at first ever Taste Kirkby Lonsdale Food Festival

Oli Martin, the head chef at Hipping Hall, is set to showcase his talents at this year’s first ever Taste Cumbria Food Festival 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 over 40 top producers set up shop, the Kirkby Lonsdale beer festival will also get underway and a host of top chefs are set to take over the Lunesdale Hall to treat audiences to top tips and live cookery demonstrations.

Visitors are in for a real treat as Oli Martin, Head Chef, at foodie hotspot Hipping Hall, shares some of his recipe secrets and local foodie insight to festival goers when he in the Lunesdale Hall on Sunday 16th April. 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… Intrigued?… well you’ll just have to pop along to find out more about what he’s going to be getting up to…

Martin, who is no stranger to food festivals, has been busy perfecting his new spring menus so audiences are sure to be in for a treat or two this Easter… especially as the Lancastrian has something of a culinary pedigree, having 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. Not just in terms of the food I produce but in terms of the interiors too. 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 dishes 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 14th – 16th April 2017.