A DALES primary school turned up the heat at a community food and drink festival by organising a cupcake competition.

Pupils at Sedbergh Primary School competed against classmates with imaginative and delicious designs, including flowers, ice cream and sheep.

It was all part of the town's ten day food and drink festival which is continuing this week and which organisers say has been a great success to date.

"There was a lot of creativity involved with the cupcakes, lots of imagination," said school administrator Joyce Scarr. "We were really impressed with the pupils, both the little ones and the older pupils did really well.

"It's pretty hard for a school to be involved in a food and drink festival, but we were very pleased to be involved."

The cupcake competition winners were: Nursery, James Dawson; Reception, Katherine Hartley; Year one, Jasmine Parley; Year two, Laura Hoggarth; Year three, Kristian Pratt; Year four, Jasmine Sen; Year five,Summer Pike; Year six, Lucy Capstick.

The festival not only celebrates food and drink but also the culture, people and businesses of Sedbergh and the surrounding area.

"The festival has been a great success so far, and several events sold out well in advance," Gemma Suttle, one of the organisers, said. "We are delighted that so many local businesses have taken part this year, offering local people and visitors a wide range of events to enjoy."

So far activities have included cooking masterclasses, a film night and themed Thai and Indian evenings showcasing cuisine from the countries.

The Dalesman pub has hosted Brunches of the World and Farfield Mill is offering a locally-sourced menu called ‘From the Mill Owner’s Table.'

There is also an exhibition on display at the mill's Weaver’s Café about the history of local food and drink put on by Sedbergh Heritage.

Lesley Faulkner, centre manager at Farfield Mill, said: "We have been delighted to help promote this festival through our offering of locally-sourced cheeses from Lockbank Farm, Sedbergh. We have also introduced a range of ‘temperance’ cordials, recognising the history of the temperance movement within the Sedbergh area."

Sedbergh Food and Drink Festival continues until Sunday (June 18).

Visit www.sedberghfoodfestival.co.uk for more information.