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Top local Chef to join line-up in Food Theatre at Cartmel Show

Chef, Mark Satterthwaite

The latest addition to the Food Theatre line-up at this year’s Cartmel Show has been announced as Mark Satterthwaite, resident head chef at the Blacksmith Arms in Broughton Mills.

Cartmel Show takes place annually on the first Wednesday in August, this year being 7th August at the picturesque Cartmel Racecourse, near Grange-over-Sands.

Mark will be keeping the crowds entertained with a chef demonstration using locally sourced ingredients, alongside other local food champions, Garry McClure and award-winning Grange-over-Sands butchers, Higginsons.

Speaking about the forthcoming event, Mark said, “Cartmel is known for being a foodie destination so I’m hoping for a captive audience as I cook. I’m looking forward to having some time to explore the Show too as work usually prevents me from visiting”.

The self-employed Cumbrian chef joined the catering trade after leaving school, working at various establishments before setting up his own private dining business with his wife last year. Mark also competed in Masterchef the professionals in 2018 and despite being beaten to a place in the quarter-final, he has vowed to compete again.

The Cumbrian Food Hall, adjacent to the Food Theatre is always one of the busiest areas of the Show, enticing visitors with stalls stacked high selling the finest local specialities from hand-made pies and cheeses, to chutneys, chocolates and cakes – it is almost impossible to wander through without sampling something.

2018 Show President and Food Hall exhibitor, Stuart Higginson commented, “I have been attending Cartmel Show as a visitor or an exhibitor, sometimes both, for many years now and it genuinely is a highlight of the summer for me. Every year the team of organisers think of something new and exciting to bring to the Show, whist managing the retain that special atmosphere that it has always had.”

He added, “Last year I was honoured to be President of the Show as it celebrated its 135th year. This year the new joint Presidents and the committee will be looking forward to another successful year and hoping for some more sunshine. My team at Higginsons are also putting plans in place for a special butchery demonstration which will take place in the Food Theatre and should be well worth watching”.

As the countdown to show day begins, Show Secretary, Sarah Dickinson said “This year we have had heaps of new trade stands enquiries, which is fantastic! Visitors will be able to enjoy some great shopping at some of our new stalls as well watching the exciting main ring entertainment which includes the Shetland Pony Grand National, who are back by popular demand for the second year”.

“We’re looking forward to meeting the team of Icelandic wrestlers who will be competing against our Westmorland and Cumberland Wrestlers in the ring. For anyone interested in morris dancing, the Furness Morris Dancers will be holding ‘have a go’ sessions as well as their displays through the day.”

Whether it be food, folk dancing or flowers that captures your interest, Cartmel Show certainly offers a superb day out for all generations with entertainment, displays and competitions taking place throughout the day.

Competitor entries are still open and the entry forms can be downloaded from the website, www.cartmelshow.com.

Tickets for sale at the discounted ‘Early Bird’ rate will be available to purchase through the website www.cartmelshow.com until 31st July. Thereafter, standard ticket prices will apply. Tickets can be booked online until the day before the Show and can be purchased on the day at the gate.

For visitors wishing to access the event by train, there will be a free circular shuttle bus to and from Cark railway station.

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