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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Chefs will cook up an international feast at Paint the Town Red festival

East will meet west in an explosion of flavour for a cooking show at this year’s Paint the Town Red festival in Workington.

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WORLD OF FOOD: Annette Gibbons and Patricia Vytialingam are offering an East meets West cookery demonstration for Paint the Town Red in Workington

Patricia Vytialingam, a Rotarian from Malaysia, will travel over 6,000 miles to team up with Annette Gibbons, champion of Cumbrian cookery, for two East Meets West cookery demonstrations.

Patricia said: “The wonderful thing about us coming together is that we are doing the same thing within our different cultures, trying to see where we can meet and having a lot of fun on the way.”

The culinary double act will cook lime chicken with spring onions and fried rice and Malaysian beef rendang with bread made from a special blend of flour from Little Salkeld, near Penrith.

They will also use herbs from the Grow West project at Allerby Community Gardens, near Maryport, and River Ellen Herbs of Seaton.

Everyone at the event will get to taste each of the dishes and the pair will talk about the ingredients and their origins.

Annette, of Mawbray, who has written two books on Cumbria food and takes part in cookery demonstrations around the county, said: “We come from diverse cultures but the common thread is the love of food.”

Annette will be trying to source as many of the ingredients as possible locally, including the chicken and beef.

Patricia also has romantic links to the area following her engagement to Workington Rotarian Alan Hoggarth last year.

The couple met when members of Workington Rotary travelled to Cambodia in 2009 to help with a project that Patricia’s Rotary club was involved in.

Patricia said: “Food is such a common thing and it really brings people together.”

Helen Irving, chairman of the festival’s organising committee, said: “We are grateful to the Emmanuel Church, whose members have put themselves forward to help out with the event, and we are hoping the demonstrations will attract lots of interest.”

Paint the Town Red will take place on May 19 in Workington and will raise money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Highlights of the one-day event will include the Red Raw Talent Show, a performance by Strictly Come Dancing stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova and an appearance by stunt driver Russ Swift.

The cookery events will take place at 11am and 2pm in the Emmanuel Church. Tickets are £2.50 and are available from the Times and Star office on Oxford Street, Her Citi in Maryport and Chambers Homecentre, Workington.

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