The first Liverpool Food and Drink Spring Festival has been hailed a success by organiser, SK Events and PR, with a turnout of over 30,000 to the two-day event last weekend.
Over 65 food and drink companies came together in a sunny Sefton Park to serve up a giant feast for the people of Merseyside, with areas dedicated to children’s activities, chocolate, sweets and treats, street food, restaurants, and afternoon teas.
With the spring event taking more of a family focus than the usual September festival there was plenty on offer to keep the little ones busy, including chocolate master classes with Ministry of Chocolate, a Mad Hatter’s tea party with Alice and the gang and a live petting farm where children go to handle lambs, chickens, piglets and rabbits.
Denise Harris, Director of Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, said:
“Our first ever spring festival has gone above and beyond any of our expectations, we worked hard to provide visitors with a fun-filled foodie Easter weekend and we really couldn’t have asked for a better turnout or atmosphere in the park.”
The entertainment tent was packed with visitors up dancing along to acts from Liverpool Media Academy and the Greenroom, co-owned by actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson who attended himself over the weekend. Topping the bill was previous Liverpool Food and Drink Festival hit, Ukebox, a five piece ensemble consisting of five young men and a ukulele, who performed everything from ‘The Beach Boys’ to ‘Beyonce’, as well as UK premier swing singer Asa Murphy who got the crowd going with his timeless tunes.
Adults also took part in a range of masterclasses and demonstrations which included floristry, wine tasting sessions and lemon, lime and apple curd making workshops.
Denise Harris hopes to bring the spring event back to Sefton Park in 2016:
“We couldn’t have done it without all of our amazing exhibitors and sponsors and would like to thank every single one of them for their support. We have been blown away with the response to our first spring festival and hope to bring the event back to Liverpool next year.”
Liverpool Food and Drink Festival returns to Sefton Park 19th and 20th September with the usual mix of celebrity chef demonstrations and extensive selection of local restaurants.
For further information visit www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk or follow @LivFoodDrink on Twitter.