Liverpool is gearing up for a ‘corking’ weekend as the city prepares for the return of the award-winning Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool.
The event – which made its debut last year – will be back on the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June and will be a celebration of one of the world’s favourite wines.
Eight wine pavilions will offer up hundreds of different wines to sample, with experts on hand to talk about winemaking techniques, and how to spot the differences in region and style – perfect for experts or amateurs.
To complement the extraordinary wine, there is a mouth-watering food offer courtesy of acclaimed chef, Liverpool’s own Paul Askew.
The Chef-Patron of The Art School Liverpool has curated an incredible programme which will feature cookery masterclasses from some of the UK’s most sought-after names in the food industry.
Paul will be hosting demonstrations along with:
Ellis Barrie – this Liverpool-born, self-taught chef was a finalist on the BBC’s Great British Menu. He owns an award-winning restaurant in Anglesey and is opening a venue, with his brother, at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
Tom Parker – The holder of a much revered Michelin star, Tom is Head Chef at the award-winning of The White Swan at Fence.
Nigel Haworth – Winner of the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2009 and now a mentor on the show, Nigel has built a culinary empire and has held a Michelin star for more than 20 years.
Tom Brown – Described by critics as one of the best chefs cooking in Britain today, Tom made a name for himself on the Great British Menu and now runs one of London’s most edgy restaurants, Cornerstone in Hackney Wick.
There will also be several food outlets on site, including pizza and street food.
Tickets are on sale now and start from £21.50. Head to www.bwfliverpool.com for more information or to buy tickets.
The inaugural Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool was the first time the event had ever taken place in the UK.
Other than in France, the Fête le Vin has been previously held in Hong Kong, Quebec and Brussels.
It was named ‘Best New Event’ at the prestigious, national NOEA Awards in 2018.
The event will take place across the same weekend as River Festival Liverpool.
Director of Culture for Liverpool, Claire McColgan, said: “Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool was an exciting addition to our cultural calendar in 2018, and within a matter of months it had won a national award.
“We’re delighted it will return, bigger and better, and our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront will be transformed once again into a festival wine and food, perfect for connoisseurs or those who simply enjoy a good glass of wine.
“This year there is the addition of masterclasses with some of the UK’s most exciting chefs – all curated by Liverpool’s very own culinary genius Paul Askew.
“Taking place at the same time as the always-popular River Festival, it will be an unmissable weekend in Liverpool.”
Paul Askewsaid: ““It’s great to be involved in the Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool once again.
“The event was well-received last year and we’ve worked hard developing the food element which will complement the world-beating wine on offer across the weekend.
“I’m dedicated to raising the bar of the food culture in this city – it’s a fantastic time for the industry, and this event really puts Liverpool on the international map.”
Ellis Barrie, said: “Liverpool’s the perfect spot for the Bordeaux Wine Festival. The food and drink scene here is thriving with so many amazing chefs and restaurants throughout the city. My very own sister restaurant to The Marram Grass will be launching here in July on the Albert Dock which I can’t wait for – there’s a very buzzy atmosphere in the city and I can’t wait for locals and tourists to try it!”