LIVERPOOL is gearing up for its fourth Global Scouse Day (GSD), a celebration of the city’s culture taking place on Sunday 28th February. Set up in 2013 the day has grown from a little idea of the city’s restaurants putting Scouse on their menu, to a global initiative involving Scousers from around the world. Whilst the official day isn’t until the end of February, Global Scouse Day partners, R Charity, kicked off the month with an attempt to make the world’s largest pan of Scouse. R Charity is the philanthropic arm of the new Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital and is raising money to improve the patient experience. R Charity is also offering their very own fundraising packs ‘Scouse @ R House’ to individuals who want to hold their very own Scouse Day party and raise money for R Charity. The pack includes a quiz from Tony Snell and Scouse recipes from celebrity chef, Simon Rimmer. Laura Worthington, a founder of Global Scouse Day commented: “Every year the day gets bigger and better and I am very proud of how the city have got behind the event and made it what it is, with over 150 restaurants signing up to put Scouse on their menus. This year we’re working with the charity team at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital to raise money for their charity and we can’t wait to see what they have planned after an already exciting world record attempt.” Virgin Trains will be taking part in 2016’s event with a number of initiatives. These include; placing Scouse on the menu across their UK train networks, and events at their Lime Street base. Anfield bakery Home Baked will be working with the train company to offer Scouse pies to fans travelling down south to the Capital One Cup Final. This will be the second year that the national rail operator has got on board with the event. Gary Campbell from Virgin Trains said: “This is a fantastic initiative and I am so glad that Virgin Trains can get involved again. We’re really keen to engage with local community initiatives here in Liverpool and celebrate the city; what better way to do this than through Global Scouse Day. We had a brilliant time taking part in last year’s celebrations and wanted to build on that success.” Calling all mixers, shakers and cocktail makers, the customary Global Scouse Day cocktail competition will take place at Berry and Rye on Wednesday 24th February from 4pm. Berry and Rye are looking for somebody to create a drink that represents the best of Liverpool, combining great taste with quintessential ‘Scouseness’. If you think you can rise to the challenge, submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday 20th February stating the name of your drink, ingredients (including measurements), method, and garnish. Also back with a bang will be the annual ‘Me Ma’s Great Scouse Off’ where locals are encouraged to enter their version of the city’s best loved dish into the competition held at the Liverpool One Bridewell to be judged by a celebrity judging panel. To enter, email Paul@liverpoolonebridewell.com by 20th February. Over 100 bars, cafes and restaurants around the city have signed up to support this year’s event. The winner of both competitions will be given their very own Scouse Passport, packed full of prizes including theatre tickets to see ‘The Ale House’ starring Philip Olivier and Jake Abrahams at the Dome on Mount Pleasant; and a weekend pass to this year’s Liverpool Sound City where headliners include The Coral and Circa Waves. Other events happening around the day include ‘Scouse Off: The Professionals’ a battle between some of the city’s top chefs, an artisan fair at the Palm House in Sefton Park, Liverpool whisky mecca Whisky Business will be holding a whisky tasting session, and the Gin Journey Liverpool will be holding a special Global Scouse Day edition of their hit event. For more information about Global Scouse Day and the events surrounding events, search Facebook ‘Global Scouse Day’ or Twitter @GlobalScouseDay.