Preparations for Liverpool Spring Festival are in full swing as the pop-up event returns to Sefton Park from 28-29 April with a fun filled weekend for visitors of all ages. The outdoor festival will be packed to the rafters with entertainment and family fun, as well as a huge selection of delicious food and drink.
You’ll also be able to get hold of our Spring print magazine, which will be given away at the event.
Visitors can expect a giant outdoor food court, which will be brimming with international street food and there will be dedicated areas for craft beers, artisan gins, Prosecco and speciality coffees. There will also be a food producers’ market place full of tasty treats such as artisan breads, olives, hand made chocolates, traditional sweets and home made jams and chutneys.
Liverpool Spring Festival also features an artisan market, where visitors can pick up quirky gifts, hand crafted jewellery and original artwork from some of Merseyside’s most talented and creative independent businesses.
The festival includes a whole programme of workshops, offering tips on everything from gardening and growing your own vegetables to exercise, yoga, relaxation and meditation. There will even be a vegan and vegetarian cookery school running classes throughout the weekend.
Young visitors will be entertained with a vintage fairground, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts, donkey rides and a pop-up farm, where little ones can get up close to guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and birds of prey. Children can also help bottle feed baby lambs and goats and there is even a 60 second cow milking challenge with prizes for the person who can produce the most milk from Daisy, the wooden cow.
The festival also features an entertaining sheep show, which is guaranteed to raise a smile as nine different breeds of sheep appear on stage, each with their own theme tune. Visitors will learn about the different breeds of sheep, the wool they produce and there will also be an opportunity to watch the skill involved in sheep shearing.
Isabella Kantor, Liverpool Spring Festival Event Manager, said: “We’re so excited about bringing such a huge celebration of spring to Sefton Park. As we prepare to bring back some of our most popular attractions, we’re also looking forward to hosting some new additions at the event such as the pop-up vegan and vegetarian cookery school and our highly entertaining sheep show, which are both making their debut at this year’s event.
“It’s set to be a fantastic weekend and with so much going on there really will be something for everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing visitors soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the fun.”
- A Giant Outdoor Food Court – serving a tasty selection of international street food including barbecued meats, aromatic duck wraps, Philadephia cheese-steak sandwiches, burritos, Thai street food, tandoori naan breads, gourmet burgers and hotdogs. Local restaurants Neon Jamon and Silk Road will also be cooking up their signature dishes.
- Fish Fayre – fans of seafood will love the delights on offer from Squidly Diddly and Contrast Catering, who will be serving up everything from mouth watering tempura king prawn filled tacos and buttery oysters to fluffy mussels and deep fried crispy calamari rings.
- Food Producers’ Market Place – showcasing a fine selection of artisan meats and cheeses, cakes, breads, pies, coffees, liqueurs, olives, fruits, vegetables and home made jams and chutneys. This is the place to stock up on tasty treats to take home.
- Sweet Treats – there will be plenty on offer to tempt anyone with a sweet tooth, from salted caramel infused doughnuts and deep fried Crème Eggs to sugar-coated churros and chocolate and oozing cheesecake jars. If that’s not enough to whet the appetite, there will also be stalls serving up delicious hand made chocolate and mouth watering waffles and crepes.
- Free From Alternatives – those who follow a meat free, dairy free or gluten free diet will be spoilt for choice with the wide selection of vegan junk food and gluten and dairy free options on offer.
- Craft Beer Tent – a whole marquee dedicated to craft beers.
- Gin Garden – the perfect place to sit back and relax, the gin garden will be serving up some of the finest local botanicals including Formby Gin and Liverpool Gin. Visitors will even be able to select their favourite botanicals from a vintage horsebox that has been lovingly transformed into a gin saloon.
- Wines and Spirits – whatever your tipple, there will be something at Liverpool Spring Festival to suit your taste from whiskey, vodka and rum to artisan liqueurs and delicious cocktails. There will also be an impressive selection of wines from around the world to choose from at several dedicated wine stalls.
- Disco Classical Prosecco Bar – a whole bar dedicated to what has become one of the nation’s favourite drinks. Visitors can get lost in music over a Prosecco as Liverpool Disco Festival DJs, James Morgan and Darryl Marsden, spin some iconic disco tracks during a sneak preview of the highly anticipated Disco Classical Concert, which is set to take place at Manchester Victoria Warehouse on 13 July.
- Coffee Zone – coffee lovers should head straight to the coffee zone, where speciality coffees will be on the menu throughout the weekend from the likes of Space Coffee and Crosby Coffee, who will be showcasing their delectable Iron Men coffee blend.
- Artisan Market – the place to find some of the most wonderful independent local producers based in and around Merseyside. Visitors will find quirky gifts, hand crafted jewellery and original artwork.
- Health and Wellbeing Zone – indulge the mind, body and spirit with aromatherapy, healing crystals, relaxation and meditation.
- Sheep Show – a half hour show, guaranteed to make the audience smile as nine different breeds of sheep appear on stage, each with their own theme tune. Visitors will learn about the different breeds of sheep, the wool they produce and there will also be an opportunity to watch the skill involved in sheep shearing.
- Pop-up Farm – Stockley Farm will be giving little ones the chance to get up close to guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets. Young visitors can also help bottle feed baby lambs and goats before taking part in a cow milking challenge with Daisy, the wooden cow. There will be a prize for the person who can produce the most milk in one minute.
- Birds of Prey – Horus Birds of Prey will be bringing along their full team of birds to give visitors an insight into the fascinating world of birds of prey. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, especially as visitors will have the chance to hold onto the owls using a special glove.
- Nature and Wildlife Themed Activities – Lancashire Wildlife Trust will be running a raft of nature and wildlife themed activities for children of all ages including quizzes, colouring and educational sessions.
- Donkey Rides – throughout the weekend, Alwood Donkeys will be offering children the chance to ride one of their beautiful donkeys.
- Vintage Fairground – featuring a traditional carousel, a helter skelter and swing boats.
- Make a Bird Feeder – the RSPB will be showing young visitors how to make bird feeders from recycled materials and everyday items. There will also be bug bingo and colouring.
- Pizza Making – budding young chefs can create their own pizzas to be cooked in a special Delavita pizza oven. Children can enjoy their pizza creations afterwards.
- Face Painting – no family festival is complete without face painting. Young visitors will have the opportunity to have a glitter and neon paint makeover.
- Storytelling – sessions taking place throughout the festival will capture the imagination of young visitors and keep them entertained.
Masterclasses and Workshops
- Gardening Workshops – visitors of any age can learn how to create their own herb boxes using recycled materials. There will also be seed sowing sessions and participants will be given vegetable seedlings to take away to nurture and grow at home.
- Pop-up Vegan and Vegetarian Cookery School – inspired by the plant-based revolution that is sweeping the country, experts from the Vegetarian Society will be giving people the chance to create their own vegan and vegetarian versions of classic comfort foods such as ‘mac ‘n’ cheese’ and breakfast fry ups. There will also be a step-by-step guide to preparing the hipster street food staple ‘jackfruit kebabs’, which has been described as a tasty vegan alternative to pulled pork. Food prepared during the sessions can be taken away to enjoy afterwards.
The half hour vegan and vegetarian cookery sessions will take place between midday and 5.30pm on Saturday and midday and 4.15 on Sunday. Each session costs £5 to attend (with a festival ticket) and can be pre-booked online in advance.
- Yoga – take part in one of the yoga sessions from teachers at White Wolf Yoga. Choose from energising yoga flow or yoga designed to renew and restore the body and mind. There will also be relaxation and meditation to help visitors de-stress and unwind.
Yoga, relaxation and meditation sessions will take place at midday, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and are included in the ticket price.
- Stress Relieving Massage Workshops – Lush will be running massage workshops to show visitors how to help relieve tension from hard working hands.
Massage workshops will take place at 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday and are included in the ticket price.
- David Lloyd Exercise Classes – experts from David Lloyd will be putting visitors through their paces with everything from Family Boxercise to Body Attack and Broga.
David Lloyd Exercise Classes will take place at 1pm and 5pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday and are included in the ticket price.
Tickets to Liverpool Spring Festival start from £7 and entry for children (under 14) is free. Visit www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk for tickets and further information.