Food and Drink Festival to return to Liverpool

One of Liverpool’s most popular events is set to return to the city later this month.

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival is set to transform Sefton Park into a food lovers’ paradise from September 16 – 17.

Visitors can expect a weekend of tasty treats with local restaurants, bars and producers joining TV chefs for a giant feast to celebrate the city’s growing food and drink scene.

The Hairy Bikers, Simon Rimmer, Nisha Katona and Paul Askew are among the chefs who will lead the celebrations to mark 10 years of the pop-up festival, which has become a firm favourite on the city’s event calendar.

During the weekend event, there will be many celebrity chef demos, masterclasses and tastings as well as street food stalls, a producers’ market, a gin garden, a prosecco bar and live entertainment throughout the festival including live music by John O’Connell.

Local experts will be giving tips and advice throughout the day with demonstrations from Izakaya, Red’s True Barbecue, Pho, Tandoori and The Alchemist.

There will also be plenty to keep budding young foodies entertained at a dedicated kids’ zone, which includes children’s cookery workshops, biscuit decorating, pizza making and a food themed science lab.

Younger visitors can also enjoy Victorian fairground rides and activities like hook a duck and a coconut shy, as well as traditional pick ’n’ mix and churros.

Isabella Kantor, festival manager at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. The city’s food and drink scene is better than ever and that is definitely reflected in this year’s 10th anniversary event.

“As the final preparations get underway, we are hugely excited about welcoming visitors to the event, which will showcase the best of the city’s food and drink scene.

“There will be plenty to enjoy during the weekend, from making the most of the celebrity chef demos and family fun to simply just soaking up the atmosphere and eating your way around the festival.”

To mark Liverpool Food and Drink Festival’s 10th birthday, there will be a special preview event in a boho-themed marquee in Sefton Park on Friday September 15, featuring music from indie band Lightning Seeds and an Asian style banquet from Gizzi Erskine.