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Chili Festival At The Lakes District Of Cumbria

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8 Sep 2013 | 04:44 AM

Planning to visit the Lakes District of Cumbria in the UK? August is the best time to go. At that time, the Lakes District is not only a place for romance and poetic inspiration but also a culinary and entertainment attraction as well. It is the month of the annual Chili Festival celebration!

If you are a fan of festivals and fairs, you don't want to miss out on the chili party Cumbria style. Think of the delectable spicy food waiting to be eaten in the fair's countless stalls. You can even take home some of those jams, chutneys, sauces and chili powders. Dishes of unusual combination are up for grabs as well. Spicy chocolate or chili smoothie, anyone? If you don't want anything spicy? Don't fret because there are plenty of yummy food choices available for you as well sans hot spices.

If you are into cooking shows, you'll be glad to know that the festival also features live cooking demonstrations. Check one out and you just might pick up a trick or two on how to cook those mouthwatering Asian and Oriental dishes you love.

Fancy learning the exciting moves of salsa dancing? Salsa dance lessons are offered on location as well. However, if you just want to sit back and be entertained, you will not have a hard time finding a popular street entertainer or a band performing in the area. If you have children tagging along, have their faces painted with famous characters or charming designs. You won't believe how fast they'll settle down for the artist.

If all these are not reason enough for you to go, perhaps you will change your mind knowing that the Festival is usually hosted in the exquisitely beautiful Levens Hall. It is home to a historic house, a world famous topiary and an idyllic park.

Tour the historic house and treat yourself to viewing fine furniture, early English patchworks and what is believed to be one of the best examples of Spanish leather wall coverings in all of Europe.

Of course, Levens Hall Topiary Garden is a must visit! It's history dates back to 1694 but it continues to be one of the best topiaries in the world. The impeccably shaped plants and the beautiful color palette of the garden will surely fascinate you. Do not forget to visit the rose garden and the fountain garden. You can just sit back in blissful silence amidst such natural beauty for hours on end.

If you wish to go for a walk, Levens Hall park is the best place for both laid back walks and energetic strides. It has plenty of towering trees and a fantastic view of the river and watch for scampering deer and goats along the way.

Before you leave this wonderful location, check out Levens Hall farm produce at the Potting Shed gift shop for more appetizing products you can take back to your cottage or hotel to savor and enjoy. Your Chili Festival and Levens Hall experience will surely make a perfect side trip to your Lake District holiday in Cumbria.