Alice Burns

A visit to the Liverpool Spring Festival 2018

Whether you’re a foodie or not, there’s something here for everyone. From wellness classes to pamper tents, with enough food to feed the 5,000 (and then some), the Liverpool Spring Food and Drink festival offers a whole host of springtime treats right here in Sefton Park.

With around 30,000 visitors flocking to Sefton Park for the Festival this weekend, traders from all around Liverpool and the Northwest are showcasing their culinary genius for the thousands of happy visitors. The Spring Festival is the smaller sister to the Liverpool Food and Drink festival which is happening later on this year. It’s definitely one not to miss with an estimated 50,000 visitors expected to descend on the park once again from 15th-16th September.

For the drinks fans, whether you’re a prosecco lover, beer connoisseur or gin fanatic, there’s plenty of on-site bars and pop up stalls offering a huge variety of artisan distilleries and tipples to suite everyone’s tastes. With toffee vodka and raspberry gin, to home-brewed ciders and Bakewell whisky, the possibilities are endless with the (all-important) free samples!

From Squiddly Diddly’s incredible calamari and sweet potato fries (usually found in the Baltic Triangle), to the chewy deliciousness of Thomas Cookies (pun intended), this year’s foodies upped their game with hundreds of stalls, jam-packed full of fresh, homemade produce from local artisan retailers.

Squiddly Diddly's Sweet Potato Fries and Calamari, own image.

If it’s alternative food you’re after, there’s Buddha bowls and jam-packed salads galore at White Wolf Kitchen (Liverpool’s health advocates, yoga geniuses and green-eating masters.) Or if its veggie and vegan junk food you’re after, there’s a whole host of venders offering everything from veggie breakfasts and loaded mac-n-‘cheese’ to pulled jackfruit kebabs and bursting homemade donuts.

The festival also demonstrated an admirable ecological awareness this year with the encouragement of all traders to reduce their impact on the environment.

Denise Harris, head organiser of the festival at SK Events said:

“At this year’s Liverpool Spring Festival & Liverpool Food & Drink Festival, we are urging all traders to voluntarily replace harmful plastics with more environmentally friendly alternatives. Next year, it will be a mandatory requirement.”

The artisan section in the park, own image.

The plans to reduce the festival’s environmental footprint comes as a refreshing attitude just days after the government’s announcement of their plans to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within the next 25 years. This demonstration proves to be a small but not insignificant step for the events industry, proving that environmental responsibility is key to the sustainability of festivals and our planet alike.

Bring your wellies and a hungry bunch of friends and get ready for September’s festival with tickets available online for just £7 at: www.septemberliverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

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