The monthly lifestyle title for the lakes, Cumbria Life, is hosting its second annual food and drinks awards tomorrow night at Kendal College.

The host for the evening is the broadcaster Stuart Maconie.

The awards are being staged in partnership with the regional food promotional body tastecumbria.

Richard Eccles

Richard Eccles

CN Magazines publishing director Richard Eccles said that they were expecting over 200 guests this year, primarily comprising top local chefs and leading food producers. Among the expected guests is the award-winning Simon Rogan of Lenclume  who is shortly to open his own restaurant within the Midland hotel in Manchester.

There are 12 categories up for grabs this year together with a new initiative, the Taste Cumbria Gold Awards, which aims to highlight specific foods.

Eccles said that following the success of these awards, he and his colleagues were actively looking at other opportunities to engage with the community by way of events and awards,

Eccles told Prolific North that the 20 year old title, which was relaunched as a monthly around four years ago, is in good shape with an audited readership now above 60,000 which, for a paid-for title costing £3.80 a copy, was testament he said to the quality of the product the CN team is putting out.

He also added that, after four years of essentially the same format, the team was however looking to unveil a new design and some new content in the summer, which would be accompanied by a major marketing campaign across Cumbria.