This Easter weekend a group of friends and I attended the Liverpool Food, Drink and Lifestyle Spring Festival. We stepped off the train at 1pm and having only had a hot cross bun for breakfast at 8am my tummy was already growling. We made our way down quirky Lark lane and through the beautifully kept Sefton Park to the festival which was located just by the lake.
The event was already bustling with fellow foodies and there were food stalls as far as they eye could see. The sun was out and the smells were incredible. Now it was the difficult part – deciding what to eat with so many wonderful things on offer. We decided that it would be sensible to walk round all the stalls first and then make a decision. There were delicious barbecued meats and dirty triple fried fries topped with all sorts, Mexican nachos, duck wraps, hot dogs, steak sandwiches, crispy squid, curries, pizzas, waffles and crêpes – how on earth could you just choose one meal!?
We decided it would be best not to stuff ourselves silly and eat little and often! After much deliberation, we ventured off in different directions – Steve decided on a starter of hot wings from Flaming Rooster. Ross and Jade headed towards Piggie Smalls for a hot dog and fries whilst Sara, Ben and I opted for Greek gyros pittas from Greek Street Food.
After enjoying our tasty first courses, we managed to locate table in “Bar” (a trailer converted into an Alpine lodge for the day) and discussed what we’d all be eating next over some beers. As well as the incredible range of foods there were numerous bars as well as beer, gin and prosecco tents. There was an impressive amount of locally owned and independently sourced gins all presented so beautifully in glasses with their complementing fruits.
We spent a good 5 hours at the festival and our only reason for having to leave is that we just couldn’t fit any more food in! Between us we managed to sample a wide range of main courses including:
- Fried squid and sweet potato fries from Squiddly Diddly – the squid was so tasty and perfectly cooked.
- A deliciously juicy pork belly sandwich with slaw and crackling crumbs from Oh So British.
- Amazing Chinese style Duck wraps from Simply Duck.
- Delicious peri-peri spiced chips from Spice Kitchen.
And for dessert:
- Thick, crispy churros served with thick chocolate dipping sauce from Senor Churro.
- Sweet and delicious banoffee topped waffles and Oreo crêpes.
We thoroughly enjoyed the day and can’t wait to go back next year! The festival had something for everybody whether you are an adventurous eater or someone who can be fussy with food. They also have a wide range of vegetarian and gluten-free options. This festival is a must for foodies everywhere and for anyone who enjoys sampling a wide range of delicious food and drink in a vibrant and relaxed setting. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for the next Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.