Details revealed for the return of the Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool

Event will be back on the waterfront from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, and will be a celebration of one of the world’s favourite wines. Tony McDonough reports

Paul Askew
Paul Askew, chef-patron of The Art School Liverpool


Details have been revealed for the Bordeaux Wine Festival which is returning to Liverpool for the second year running.

The event will be back on the waterfront from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, and will be a celebration of one of the world’s favourite wines. Eight wine pavilions will offer hundreds of different wines to sample.

And there will experts on hand to talk about winemaking techniques, and how to spot the differences in region and style – perfect for experts or amateurs. To complement the wine, there is a mouth-watering food offer courtesy of acclaimed chef, Liverpool’s own Paul Askew.

The chef-patron of The Art School Liverpool has curated a programme which will feature cookery masterclasses from some of the UK’s most sought-after names in the food industry. He will be hosting demonstrations along with:

  • Ellis Barrie – this Liverpool-born, self-taught chef was a finalist on the BBC’s Great British Menu. He owns an award-winning restaurant in Anglesey and is opening a venue, with his brother, at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
  • Tom Parker – The holder of a much revered Michelin star, Tom is head chef at the award-winning The White Swan at Fence.
  • Nigel Haworth – Winner of the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2009 and now a mentor on the show, Nigel has built a culinary empire and has held a Michelin star for more than 20 years.
  • Tom Brown – Described by critics as one of the best chefs cooking in Britain today, Tom made a name for himself on the Great British Menu and now runs one of London’s most edgy restaurants, Cornerstone in Hackney Wick.

There will also be several food outlets on site, including pizza and street food. Tickets are on sale now and start from £21.50. Click here for more information or to buy tickets

Tom Brown
Tom Brown who runs London restaurant, Cornerstone, in Hackney Wick. Picture by Ed Schofield


The inaugural Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool in 2018 was the first time the event had ever taken place in the UK.

Other than in France, the Fête le Vin has been previously held in Hong Kong, Quebec and Brussels and will take place across the same weekend as River Festival Liverpool.

Director of Culture for Liverpool, Claire McColgan, said: “Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool was an exciting addition to our cultural calendar in 2018, and within a matter of months it had won a national award.

We’re delighted it will return, bigger and better, and our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront will be transformed once again into a festival wine and food, perfect for connoisseurs or those who simply enjoy a good glass of wine.”

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