REVIEW: Liverpool Food & Drink Festival, Sefton Park

South Liverpool was swarming with 40,000 foodies last weekend, as visitors flocked to Sefton Park for the sixth Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. It was a fabulous weekend and no amount of rain was going to spoil the parade. Our reviewer Michelle Bates went along to sample the delights…

Now in its sixth year, the festival saw demos from TV chefs including Gizzi Erskine, Levi Roots and Shelina Permaloo served up alongside the finest fayre from more than 160 local restaurants.

One of the biggest draws for festival goers was the ‘What’s Buggin’ tent, was a show led by Stefan Gates where we could learn more about the practice of ‘entomophagy’, or eating insects, including trying out smoky bacon flavoured mealworms.

For those with weaker stomachs, other attractions included a dedicated Spirit and Wine zone including cocktail-making competitions between mixologists from some of the city’s top bars, a champagne bar, the Heavenly Chocolate Garden. There was also a pop-up restaurant from Pickled Walnut, and a Junior Chef’s Academy where budding young foodies could show off their skills.

The festival got off to a great start on Saturday, despite the queues, the aromas of herbs and spices permeated the air and kept us salivating while we waited. As the only vegetarian in our group I was distracted by the sound of The Leaving of Liverpool being sung in the music tent while the carnivores hovered around Bem Brazil waiting for their meat dishes.

I was distracted again to the wine tasting at Vinea, sampling various red and whites. At the Delifonseca stand you could purchase selections of delicious meats and cheeses for £3 per pack or 4 for a tenner. One of our group shared with me so they had the meat and me the cheese.

My only disappointment of the day was when we were having a crafty Rekorderlig strawberry and lime cider and Levi Roots walked past with a guitar having finished his set, we’d missed him but apart from that the first day was great.

Sunday was my favourite day. I got a couple of goodie bags including one from Love Food which contained pasta measure and rice and flour measure. I love freebies and so do lots of people judging from the amount surrounding the tent.

The heavens opened and we rushed into the music tent as I had heard the sound of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face being sung by the Merseybelles. There was also live music from other local talent John O’Connell and Reckless Elbow. We were lucky enough to be treated to the sounds of a star of tomorrow his name James Smith, a young man who plays like Clapton and writes all of his own songs. Definitely the lad to watch if you love guitar music.

WORDS BY: Michelle Bates


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