THERE WAS MUCH TO TEMPT FOLK IN TO THIS ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL. THE HAIRY BIKERS WERE DOING A DEMONSTRATION AND A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. THEY ARE FUN, FRANK, AND FABULOUS COOKS.
Words: Jean Hill
Independent merchants and restaurants were out in full force. Simon Rimmer dazzled. Gary Usher demonstrated how to throw a successful dinner party without gas or electricity. It is simple: use a blow torch and a water bath! The wonderful Japanese restaurant Izakaya threw a garden party and impressed with their delicious cocktails. We lunched at Amalia, and the ribs and meat-balls were scrumptious. There are so many exhibitors that is difficult to do them all justice. Neighbourhood were running, seemingly non-stop barista masterclasses. The Alchemist demonstrated mastery in the dark art of mixology cocktails.
We thought this was a perfect time to celebrate all the up and coming independent restaurants making their mark on Merseyside.
Following on from the festival, we intend to feature interviews with inspiring chefs, learn something of their inspirations, and fly the flag for their restaurants.
We’ve met up with Gary Usher, who is about to open Wreckfish in Liverpool, and he proved to be both interesting and inspiring. We have dined at Nova in Heswall, to enjoy classic food, beautifully cooked. Sean Paul Redding is sparing time from his ridiculously hectic schedule to chat about his signature dishes. Talking to such talented chefs is something to get excited about. A feature that is sure to be of interest to foodies will follow shortly on our food & drink page.