PEOPLE ACROSS MERSEYSIDE ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO VOTE FOR THEIR FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANTS, BARS AND PRODUCERS AS THE LIVERPOOL FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL AWARDS RETURN FOR THE 10TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.
The prestigious awards, which form part of Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, were created to recognise talent and flair in the city’s food and drink scene. The annual awards have become a greatly anticipated event on the city’s food and drink calendar and the winners will be announced at a glitzy awards ceremony at Alma de Cuba on 26th September.
There are 11 categories at this year’s Food and Drink Festival Awards including favourite place to eat out, most popular signature cocktail, best interior styling, street food king or queen and best hangout for families.
Trailblazers in the city’s food and drink industry, Dominic Levi (owner of Neon Jamon, Tribeca and Three Piggies), Danny Murphy (owner of Berry and Rye and Jenny’s Bar), Oliver Press and David Williams (the team behind Independent Liverpool and the Baltic Market) have been shortlisted for the outstanding contribution to Liverpool’s Food and Drink Scene award.
The public have until 21st September to cast their votes online.
Isabella Kantor, Festival Manager at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, said: “The city’s food and drink scene is booming and these awards are designed to highlight the talent and dedication of the people who are leading the way.
“When it comes to the best local bars and restaurants, most of us like to have our say and these awards give people a chance to make sure their favourites are recognised. I would encourage anyone who enjoys eating out in our fabulous city to get voting.”
The awards follow on from Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, which returns to Sefton Park on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September. During the weekend festival, the Hairy Bikers, Simon Rimmer, Nisha Katona, Paul Askew, Gary Usher and Aiden Byrne will join local chefs for a giant celebration of the city’s impressive food and drink scene.
Visitors will have the chance to indulge in tasty treats prepared by top TV chefs, as well as talented local chefs and producers, as they eat and drink their way around the pop-up food festival. Food lovers can expect a whole raft of celebrity chef demos, masterclasses, street food stalls and producers’ markets, as well as a gin garden, a TV chef demo and dine arena and a coffee festival with an expresso martini bar.
There will also be a dedicated kids’ village, featuring a food themed laboratory that will be overflowing with fascinating foodie experiments. Budding young foodies will also have the chance to create their own pizzas.
To mark 10 years of Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine will cook up an Asian style banquet in a boho-themed marquee in Sefton Park on 15th September. Just 200 guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the banquet, while iconic Liverpool indie band Lightning Seeds perform a live and intimate acoustic set.
Visit www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk for further information and to vote in the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival Awards.
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