AN APRIL food festival in Ulverston is predicted to bring crowds of thousands to the town over the Easter weekend.

The proposal is still in the early stages of planning after Taste Cumbria approached the mayor, Coun Judith Pickthall.

She told last night’s town council meeting that the organisation is keen to have a festival in the area to match the successful Cockermouth event that brings in 30,000 people to the Lake District town.

The first Taste Cumbria Food Festival was in 2010 and saw Cockermouth’s shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs join forces in the weekend-long Cumbrian culinary celebrations and it is now in its fourth year.

Famous chefs including the well-loved Hairy Bikers and Masterchef’s John Torode have taken part over the years.

Coun Pickthall said: “Maria Whitehead from Taste Cumbria came to see us today. They want a festival in South Lakes and would like it to be in Ulverston which is very exciting.

“Eighty to 100 local producers from the town have already said they would be interested in taking part in the weekend event.”

If the festival is to go ahead then it will take place over the weekend of April 19.

A decision is hoped to be announced in the coming weeks.