Once again, Southport hosted its Food and Drink Festival and as thousands of guests turned up to enjoy the many things on offer, many have declared that it was the best ever.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Victoria Park was thronged with stalls selling drinks and food from various locations around the world at the event which was free to enter. The Sefton Council’s tourism team was the group being the event. Initially, rains had threatened to spoil things on the first day but the weather soon cleared up and the rest of the weekend was blessed with lots of sunshine.
Children, in particular, had plenty to enjoy this time around as Bouncy Castle Parade provided several bouncy castles. There were also many activities for the children to enjoy such as kite making, sand art, face painting and Punch and Judy shows at the children’s tent.
The rest of the crowd at the event was also kept fully entertained by the amazing singers, live bands and DJs who had been invited to perform in the live music marquee. For many local firms, this festival was a great opportunity to show what they did. Flair ‘n’ Funk managed to draw a large crowd with its fair bar contest. Other firms that were in attendance included The Yoghurt Pot, Diana Celine Photography, Cellar Bar, The Parker Brewery, Remedy, Tap & Bottles and Fab Party Bags.
According to one Stephen Richmond, this year’s event was easily the best this year thanks to the weather, music, food and drinks. Nicole Verite described the three days as amazing because there was plenty for the whole family to do and hopefully, future events would still be free. Angela Valentine commented that it was a shame the event only took place once every year because the festival was amazing and both adults and kids had a lot of fun.
Andrew Johnson stated that he’d attended every single event over the years but this year’s topped the lot. Even his kids enjoyed the Punch and Judy Show. According to Chris Birchall, the event had been very well organized and there were many different things for everyone to enjoy. Emma Howard also noted that this year’s event had been even bigger than last years. Katherine Barton, who volunteered at the NCT Southport, Formby & Ormskirk Baby Feeding and Changing Tent mentioned that they were extra busy this year.