Kendal Mint Cake proves to be a big draw for tourists into the town.
Kendal, a growing market town in South Cumbria, is famous around the globe for a product which was found by accident over a century ago. Kendal Mint Cake, a cloudy slab of sugar and peppermint, ships by the van load from a tiny factory in the town. This leads to a huge revenue stream into the town, which boasts a healthy tourist industry. Employment in the retail sector benefits hugely from the famed ‘cake’ and gift shops, cafes etc. Job vacancies and opportunities are also available in the cake factories, albeit on a small scale.
Kendal Mint Cake was taken on the first successful expedition to the summit of Everest, in 1953. Sir Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tenzing Norgay ate Kendal Mint Cake on top of Everest as they gazed at the countryside down below. A member of the expedition wrote, “It was easily the most popular item on our high altitude ration – our only criticism was that we did not have enough of it”!
This has naturally increased sales of mint cake to hikers, climbers and visitors to the Lake District – Kendal Mint Cake can now rank as one of the world’s most travelled sweets!
As is apparent by the popularity and reputation of Kendal Mint Cake, it is one reason for the continued flourishing tourism sector which is basis for many jobs in the Lake District. This is not to be underestimated, as tourism makes up 60% of the economy. This will naturally lead to job vacancies in other areas, be it accountancy, engineering, finance or other…