There is so much to celebrate and enjoy at the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, this summer

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The Royal Albert Dock has been included in Lonely Planet’s ‘Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist’ 2019. This iconic book ranks the 500 most memorable and compelling sights and experiences across Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands.  It has become a definitive UK travel hit and wish list. The Dock welcomes over six million people every year, from locals to national and international visitors. Guests can enjoy an impressive food, drink, and retail offering in addition to some of Liverpool’s finest visitor attractions. These include: Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum. All this and the Dock’s Pop-up Cinema and bar, temporary attractions on a floating pontoon, and great fun.

summer activities at Aether
Aether, Liverpool ONE

On Friday 9th August, the celebrated cocktail bar, Aether, just a stone’s throw from the Dock, hosted a summer soiree which was attended by Liverpool’s leading journalists and key people from the food and drink industry. Situated in the heart of the city above Liverpool One, Aether is known for its carefully crafted cocktails and luxurious, tropically inspired interior. Guests enjoyed Fiero Spritz on arrival, along with cocktails from the new summer menu; including a zesty Chilli Chocolate cocktail featuring Santa Teresa rum. The Tanqueray-based Bee Sting cocktail is an almost irresistible force, and a thrill to experience that sting in the tail.

East River, a new restaurant based on Allerton Road which is inspired by the delicatessens of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, provided canapés for the evening. Guests enjoyed succulent lamb skewers, tasty authentic bagels, and fresh salmon bowls.

The Food & Drink Festival, on the Dock, will be the highlight of the summer festivities. Visitors can expect a whole array of entertainment and foodie attractions. These will include everything from interactive chef demos from Docksiders and special guests, masterclasses and tasters. Award-winning celebrity chef and broadcaster, Andi Oliver, will be hosting a series of chef demonstrations. Recognised for being a main judge on the BBC’s Great British Menu and an integral part of the Saturday Kitchen team, Andi has had a rich and varied culinary career.

The chef demos will take place on the floating pontoon by the Colonnades inner quay. Commenting on the new festival, Andi said, “It’s so exciting to be part of such an innovative event at the iconic Albert Dock. Every-time I visit Liverpool I fall in love a little bit more with the city! I’m genuinely impressed with the diverse food and drink scene and friendly people, so it’s an honour to headline this new festival which I’m sure will be a huge success!”.

Over the past year the Albert Dock has welcomed a variety of popular independents, including Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Maray and Lunyalita. This is a beautiful waterside setting in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts being home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country. With sweeping views of Liverpool’s stunning skyline, the Albert Dock is a stunning location for unmissable summer events.

Food and Drink Festival: 7-8th September 2019

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