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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Guinness World Record holder shares skills at Cumbria country fair

A CUMBRIA fair which showcased a wide range of skills included a cooking demonstration by an award-winning chef.
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The Lakeland Country Fair was held at Torver, near Coniston, today and despite the flash flooding there were a range of activities for people to get involved in, including dog shows, with lurchers and terriers, fell races, a ferret show and children’s sports.

A highlight was watching chef Gary McClure holding cooking demonstrations throughout the day using local products and ingredients.

Mr McClure holds the Guiness World Record for producing the longest Cumberland sausage in the world. He said: “Using local produce is what it’s all about, buying these products helps the local economy grow. Herdwick lamb is what I have been cooking today, and they are a special breed.”

Herdwick sheep were first recognized as a breed in the 1790s and are now bred on 120 hill farms in the central and western Lake District.

Despite the weather, which was a mixture of sun and downpours, many families took to the fields in their waterproof clothing and Wellington boots to taste the local food, meet other farmers, admire the Herdwick and the Swaledale sheep and compete in the dog shows.

One of the stalls was The Smokery from Haverigg, which sells smoked salmon, smoked Cumberland sausage and smoked bacon. Mary Tyson, one of the supervisors from The Smokery was at the Lakeland Country Fair. She said: “It’s one of the best shows for locals, it’s fantastic, everybody here is local and they are all really nice. We make sure we come every year.”

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