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The UK’s first ever public park, Birkenhead Park is hosting a very special event this weekend. Wirral Food & Drink Festival is a free, two day gastronomical extravaganza which will bring together renowned chefs, local restaurants, producers, microbreweries and live music for a family-friendly day out like no other.
This magnificent Green Flag Park will host in the region of 60 food, drink and lifestyle outlets plus two unmissable concerts after dark. Scroll down and get planning your visit.
The Wirral Food & Drink Festival 2019 takes place at Birkenhead Park on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019. The festival site is located on the Lower Park site, opposite Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre.
The Wirral Food & Drink Festival site is open from 11am until 5pm on both days and is FREE to attend, no ticket needed.
Merseyrail operate frequent services to Birkenhead Park train station from right across the Merseyside area. The station is just a ten minute walk from the festival site. Plan your journey with Merseyrail here.
Arriva North West runs a network of local bus services across Merseyside and the Wirral, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. You can buy tickets and plan your journey using the Arriva app, alternatively check online here.
There is parking available at the Wirral Food & Drink Festival site, available on a first come, first served basis. Head to Birkenhead’s Upper Park and follow the signs. This event is already proving very popular so please be patient and where possible, use public transport. Use the postcode CH41 8AU.
Showtime Ice Cream – Whipped and scoop ice cream
Inspiring Wines – Pop-up wine bar
Greek St Food – Greek street food
Amber & Malt – Traditional bar
ERA Trade Ltd – Barista coffee
Thyme Oxton – French style cheese and meat plates
Nova The Outsiders – Chicken shwarma, dirty chips and vegetarian options
Brimstage Brewery – Traditional real ales, local lager and new session IPA
Wirral Distillery – Gin bar and shop
Karma Indian Food – Indian street food
Crack Pot Caterers – Loaded chips, dogs, burgers, nachos
Love Lane Brewing – Love Lane craft beer bar
Yellow Submarine (LFC) – Fish and chips
Muffs of Bromborough – BBQ using local meat
Wirral Food & Drink Festival 2019 is a family friendly event with something for everyone. There is a dedicated Family Zone on The Festival Field full of food & drink related interactive activities for children of all ages to enjoy as well as a fairground behind Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre offering rides and attractions.
Mere Brook House – Home produced honey, apple juice and cider, homemade cakes
KO-CO – Free-from organic brownies
Wirralstone Farm – Artisan dry cured bacon products
Ena Pa – Spices and sauces
Tasty Baker – Artisan breads
The Cheese Counter – Rare cheeses
MOWGS – Handmade baskets from Burma
Costco Chester – Costco memberships
Sally Anne’s Wirral Gifts – Handmade wooden crafts, frames and gifts
Cheshire Wildlife – Trust Local wildlife conservation charity promoting our nature reserves
Wild Scape – Wildlife images on various products
Chip’d – Dutch style chips, dips and snacks
Happy Days – Barista coffee
The Bhaji Box – Indian street food
Joro Vegan Eatery – Hot and cold vegan food
Bakes & Bars – Barista coffee, home-made cakes and prosecco
Thai 2 Go – Thai-Laos street food
Capitol Chinese – Chinese street food Restaurant
The Punch Brew Co. – Yorkshire herbal punch (non-alcoholic)
Silk Road – Pacific and Mediterranean tapas
Following the days foodie fun, there’s another feast for the senses as Birkenhead Park becomes a stage for two unmissable evening concerts. Read on for information and tickets.
On Saturday evening, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will take centre stage for their only outdoor performance as a full orchestra in 2019. This show, featuring mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston will be packed with popular classics, show tunes and exciting film standards such as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Ferry ‘cross the Mersey’, and music from films such as Star Wars and E.T. Get your tickets here.
Iconic Merseyside bands Lightning Seeds, The Christians & China Crisis will take over Birkenhead Park for one night only with a not-to-be-missed musical extravaganza. The ultimate homecoming gig will feature many much loved tracks and anthems in a thrilling finale to an amazing weekend of food, drink, music and memories. Tickets are priced at £19.25 for adults and are available here.
VIP and corporate hospitality packages are available for Saturday and Sunday evening, featuring culinary delights from Chef Paul Askew, drinks and concert tickets. For more information on these all-inclusive events and to book tickets, please email: [email protected].
There are disabled toilets located in Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre and for the evening concerts there is an accessible viewing platform with toilets nearby. Visitors do not need to go on to the grass to get to the accessible viewing platform.
To book tickets call RLPO (0151 709 3789) or Floral Pavilion Box Office (0151 666 0000). Accessible viewing platform places are limited and on a first come, first served basis.
There is blue badge parking available. All parking is in Upper Park with access from Park Rd end of Ashville Drive. Parking will be sign posted with stewards – please alert a steward if you require blue badge parking and they will direct you.
Parking is limited and on a first come, first served basis so arrive early to avoid disappointment. The car park is a 3 – 5 minute walk from the event site.
To make sure everyone enjoys a fabulous day out at Wirral Food & Drink Festival, here’s some frequently asked questions and all important answers to help you plan your visit.
Wirral Food & Drink Festival is free to attend, no need to purchase tickets.
The Lightning Seeds and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are ticketed, scroll up for ticket links.
There are no cash machines or ATM’s on the Wirral Food & Drink Festival site. The nearest ones are at nearby Aldi Birkenhead and Thiaras Convenience Store. Some retailers will have card facilities but it’s best to get your cash out before you visit.
You can bring your dog to the Wirral Food & Drink Festival. Please keep them on a lead and clean up after them.
There is baby changing located at the Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre and a lost child meeting point on the festival site. It’s going to get busy so please keep children in sight at all times.
First Aid is located on the main festival site and there’s a lost property desk at the Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre.
Now is the time to keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly for your visit. No one wants a soggy bottom!
Stay connected across the Wirral Food & Drink Festival weekend by following @ImagineWirral on Twitter for the latest event news. Tag your photos and videos with #Wirral2019 and #MadeForFoodies.
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