The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival is a date that firmly sits in every scousers diary. Held twice a year, April and September in Sefton Park, it’s the best way to celebrate the cities many different restaurants and bars and get to sample the best of the rest across one weekend!
We headed to Sefton Park for the Sunday sitting. Despite hearing horror stories of torrential downpours and masses of mud, we were pleasantly surprised to find it quite dry, quiet and blue skies emerging when we arrived! Now, I’ll hold my hands up and admit it’s the first time I’ve attended the festival, but it defo won’t be the last!
With easy, free parking on the roads surrounding the park, we pulled up and headed on inside with rumbling tummies! The centre of the festival had been overtaken by BMW dealers, Hatfields, so as we moved around the park, checking out the different cuisines on offer, entertainment was also in sight!
With popular bars such as The Alchemist, Red Door and Aperol in attendance plus a Prosecco Bar and Real Ale Tent, staying hydrated wasn’t an issue – trust me! The festival was set out in sections –
- Street food
- Traders – selling homemade pies, sausage rolls, Kendal mint cake liqueur and the best doughnuts I’ve ever tasted!
- Popular restaurants
- Showcase tents – we popped along to the Hairy Bikers Q&A which was just hilarious!
So, the big question – what did we eat?!
Well, quite a lot actually! We stocked up on pastries in doughnut and croissant form and beautifully light yet moreish sweet potato and rosemary samosas. Initially we couldn’t decide where to splash the cash as everything looked and smelt amazing!
Our ‘main dish’ of the day was a chicken and pork gyros from the Greek street food stall. A soft warm pitta, filled with tzatziki and salad was just perfect! Whilst we did consider sampling Piggie Smalls for their hot dogs or an Almost Famous burger, the gyros pipped them at the post!
During the afternoon the sun began to shine and with blue skies emerging over Sefton Park it would have been rude not to take advantage of the buy one, get one free offer at the Aperol stand! Again, it was a toss-up between a prosecco, Liverpool gin or Aperol, but seeing as it was one of the last days of summer, it felt like the perfect drink to indulge with!
Once we’d taken the all-important Insta shot, we headed into the main tent to listen to the Hairy Bikers Q&A. I’ve never really watched their shows before, but I’m defo inclined to do so now! They were honestly hilarious, very down to earth & spoke about food and cookery, like you and I would…real everyday ingredients used to make every day dishes! Defo my kind of cooking!
We had a fab day and I can’t wait for the April festival to roll on round to attend again!
*Huge thank you SK communications for our complimentary tickets to review!