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Our Guide to the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival 2017

Taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2017 in Sefton Park, the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival returns, championing the city’s exceptional food and drink scene.

From the region’s best producers to street food traders and the UK’s top chefs in between, it promises to be true foodie paradise. There will be a wide variety of sweet and savoury stalls on offer, and those who love a tipple will be well taken care of too.

It’s consistently one of the liveliest and largest food courts in the North, cooking up a storm with a whole variety of sights, sounds and mouth-watering aromas, well known names from across Liverpool will be showcasing their menus as well as signature dishes.

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What’s On

Over the weekend, there will be an eclectic mix of food and drink stalls, as well as plenty of celebrity chef demonstration, masterclasses, themed dining areas, live music and a chance to sample some of the region’s finest flavours.

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The site is divided into a series of clearly defined zones, grouping together producers, brands and food genres that complement each other such as seafood and fizz, and artisan pizzas paired with craft beers – as well as stand-alone favourites including street food, chocolate and spirits.

With more celeb chefs this year than ever before, Kids Village zones and markets where visitors can buy ingredients, cook books and kitchen gadgets, we’ve put together a guide on the best events to attend at this years Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.

Beauty and the Feast featuring the Lightning Seeds – Friday

Kicking off the festival this year is one of the biggest events yet. Hosted by celebrity chef Gizzi Erksine and featuring a live and intimate performance from the Lightning Seeds, LFDF invite you to a candlelit banquet.

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With fire pits and fire flares and a warm ambience, this event will be one of the most memorable from the festival.

Gizzi’s menu for the evening will be Asian inspired and with her banquet parties at Festival no.6 we know we are in for a mouth watering treat. Roasted duck and watermelon salad, lamb spit roast in bao buns and Baked Vietnamese coffee cheesecake with coffee caramel and popcorn are just some of the treats for you on the menu.

The Simon Rimmer Show – Saturday

Wirral-born chef Simon Rimmer, presenter of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, is set to host a culinary show featuring a trio of Merseyside TV chefs at this year’s Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.

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Featuring Aiden Byrne of Manchester House, Nisha Katona founder of Mowgli and Paul Askew from The Art School, these talented chefs will share anecdotes. tips and trade secrets as they show guests how to re-create some of their favourite dishes at home.

Tickets for this show must be booked in advance and visitors are urged to book soon as spaces are limited.

The Hairy Bikers – Sunday

It’s official, the Hairy Bikers are coming to this years Liverpool Food and Drink Festival and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Si King and Dave Myers, best known for travelling in style on their motorbikes and cooking up some tasty dishes, will be showing visitors how to create some of their favourite meals during cookery demonstrations.

The bearded duo will also be answering questions from the public and signing copies of their latest book, The Hairy Dieters Go Veggie.

The Demo Tent

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Whilst the celebs take to the stage there will be regular demos from well known Liverpudlian food outlets such as a Latin cocktail making masterclass from Alma de Cuba, Pit Master pride and joy demo from Red’s True BBQ and Japanese cuisine and culture demonstrations from Izakaya and Squidly Diddly, plus many more.

Top Ten Things You Have to Try

After you’ve watched some demos and heard from the celebs, it’s time to explore the rest of the festival. With 100’s of different food and drink stalls to choose from, we’ve picked our favourite ten dishes or tipples to try.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate from Space Coffee

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Space Coffee are back with their wacky hot drinks and delicious milkshakes. The unicorn coffee is still our favourite though.

Little Furnace Wood Fired Pizza

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One of the regulars on the festival circuit, Little Furance’s wood fired pizzas are nothing short of delicious. Always made fresh to order and inspired by trips to Naples, these pizzas are to die for.

Sirloin Steak Poutine from Caribou

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If you’re looking to try something a little different, look no further than Caribou Poutine. A Canadian inspired cuisine, Poutine is a Quebecois dish made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a variety of different flavours. Take our word for it, it’s delicious.

Sip on Some Elephant Gin

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In keeping with the gin hype, we’ve chosen Elephant Gin as our must for the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival. An award-winning handcrafted premium gin of 45% alcoholic volume, it’s made with rare African botanicals.

A Sushi Platter from Izakaya

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Fancy some sushi? Izakaya arguably serves the best in the city. This little Japanese restaurant will be bringing it’s tasty dishes to the fields of Sefton and we expect the queues will be very long.

Cocktails from Alma de Cuba

Known for its samba dancers, carnival spirit and of course the amazing and imaginative cocktail choices, Alma de Cuba are bringing their best mixologists to the festival to mix up a storm.

Try anything from the classics to one of their signature tipples, the choice is yours!

The Burgers from Almost Famous

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Very famous for their exotic and wacky burgers, this American themed diner will be serving up their best heart stopping concoctions this weekend.

Our particular favourite is the Awesome HQ, pictured above.

Pho’s Delicious Rice Bowls

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If you fancy something a bit oriental, the best place to visit is Pho for one of their scrumptious Vietnamese rice bowls.

Anything from marinated chicken thighs to juicy chargrilled pork, they’ve got everything.

The Doughnut Burger by Midnight Delivery

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Midnight Delivery has taken Liverpool by storm, with a stall in the Baltic Market and having extended their opening hours, there’s no stopping them.

Their latest chocolate coated, sugar rush beauty is the outstanding doughnut burger. Just look at it.

Chorizo Sausage Rolls from Neon Jamon

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Bringing authentic Spanish tapas to the heart of Liverpool, Neon Jamon are always top of the list when it comes to the best restaurants in the city. That’s why we can’t wait to get our hands on their delicious, mouth-watering chorizo sausage rolls.

Stay With Us for the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Look no further than Signature Living for the best party apartments in Liverpool and stylish accommodation.

Ideal for large groups of friends, our spacious apartments and suites are perfect for getting ready before the festival and heading back for a sleepover-style stay.

All of our accomodation is just a short taxi ride away from Sefton Park and a stones throw from the best of Liverpool’s buzzing nightlife scene.

Only a short walk from Liverpool landmarks including the Three Graces, Albert Dock, Liverpool ONE and the city’s famous nightlife scene, our stylish apartments and suites are popular amongst locals and visitors to the city all year round.

Rooms and suites can feature everything from whirlpool baths and plush double beds to TVs and kitchenettes, offering an extra level of flexibility.

Far from a corporate hotel experience, guests can make the most of their stay and host the party within the walls of the room or suite.

To book your stay for the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival get in touch with our team today! 

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

About katie

Katie is a journalism and English graduate who loves to write about anything from music, film, literature and events, to the best places in Liverpool to grab a bite to eat or a cocktail.

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