Liverpool’s Spring Festival Goes Back To The Wild

DEVISED by the organisers of the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, which is nearly in its tenth year, The Liverpool Food, Drink and Lifestyle Spring Festival takes place in Sefton Park on April 23rd and 24th. This year sees the popular Spring event expand into a wider lifestyle offer – now with zones dedicated not only to food and drink, but also homes, gardening, craft and even focusing on body and mind. The festival site, which is located next to the Children’s Playground, will be divided into five separate areas, each with its own look and feel, especially in keeping with the varied terrains. Off the beaten track and away from the street-food village, bars and live music is The Wood Lands and a whole Boy’s Own annual of outdoorsy activities which will be taking place under the leafy canopy of the Park’s mature trees. Here visitors will be able to get back to nature and learn about bush craft, den making and other survival skills. Hosted by Komaru Outdoor Adventure who are based at Knowsley Safari Park, festivalgoers will be able to try new things and experience wilderness living first hand. Experts from local wildlife trusts will be on hand to provide visitors with information on nature conservation including how to identify animal tracks, recognise their calls and to encourage more birds and creatures into urban gardens by creating environments where they can live and thrive. Deeper in The Wood Lands are Liverpool-based company Love Brewing who will be bringing their range of beer making kits along with some expert advice for budding brewers who are wanting to start making their own bottled ales and fruit beers. For those who prefer a stronger tipple, stills and equipment will also be available to order so visitors can rustle up their favourite spirits at home. With all this brewing going on, what could be better to quaff a pint or two of handcrafted beer from than your very own drinking horn? Made in England by The Viking Workshop and fashioned from free ranging cattle horn, there’s a real Game of Thrones feel to their range, which start at a seventh of a pint for mead and liquor, up to the mammoth three and a half pinter.Drink Like a Viking For those who prefer their drinks a little more refined, Givinity and Riverside Gin will be taking visitors through the process of gin-making, its history, how to achieve the perfect serve and giving the lowdown on the botanicals they use in their own blends.
Buffalo Phill
Buffalo Phill
With all of this outdoor activity a little spruce up may be in order before returning to city life. In The Wood Lands you’ll also find Allerton Road’s Buffalo Phill, who will be bringing his own travelling barber and beard grooming shop to the festival – barbering on both the Saturday and Sunday. Talking about the changes for this year’s event, the Festival’s Director Denise Harris said: “We’re very excited about our April festival and know that the public are going to love the new ideas. Whilst there’s still an amazing food and drink offer at its heart, we want festival-goers to really experience each of the different lifestyle areas we’ve created. With some careful programming we’ll hopefully captivate and engage visitors and to charge (and re-charge) minds young and old, in a full day out for all the family” Tickets for the Spring festival are now on sale. To buy day and weekend tickets and for more event information, visit www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk The festival’s chosen charity is Liverpool’s Whitechapel Homeless Centre, a charity that provides solutions to housing and homelessness across the Liverpool region. The charity will have a pop-up shop at the festival, as well as a collection point where visitors can donate items. For more information on how you can help, you can visit the festival website and keep up-to-date with all the latest festival news on Twitter @LivFoodDrink