Wirral Farm Feast 2014

On Sunday we visited Claremont Farm near Bebington in mid-Wirral for the ‘Farm Feast 2014’, the new name for the Wirral Food and Drink Festival. The festival is held on a working farm and as it had rained hard over the preceding days the fields were a little muddy.  The rain stayed away until late afternoon but you still needed wellies to get around.

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There were hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of locally produced and artisan made foods from across the North West.

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There were also demonstrations by celebrity chefs.  I caught Brendan Lynch a baker and finalist in last year’s BBC TV ‘Great British Bake Off’.  He’d finished his demonstration and was judging a cake making competition.

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This year there were three sound stages featuring a number of artists from around the region.  Whilst I was there Liverpool band City Walls performed on the on the main stage.

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Liverpool folk artist Mikey Kenney was on the Courtyard stage as we sampled the delights of the food and drink stalls in the light drizzle.

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Wirral Food and Drink Festival

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th there was the Wirral Food and Drink Festival taking place at Claremont Farm near Clatterbridge.

Continental Cottage sausages and salami

Chorizo

Sunday was a warm sunny day but I went along on Monday.  By then the weather had changed and it was wet and windy. The weather had certainly had the effect to reduce the numbers turning out.  It was difficult enough just to keep my camera dry to take a few photos.

Empty outdoor food court

Waiting at the Liverpool One Style bus

There was a real variety of stalls selling just about every type of food.

Port of Lancaster Smokehouse

French Corner

French Corner breads

And there were the chef demonstration stages with a range of local head chefs showing their techniques.

Live chef demo stage

Chefs on dispaly

The fields had become muddy and were in parts churned up by the footfall over the festival show ground.

A muddy field…

Umbrellas in the rain

As well as being able to sample and buy good quality local produce and baking there were a range entertainment shows.  The sheep show is a humorous educational live stage show about sheep and wool with the highlight being a live sheep shearing.

Sheep shearing in progress

Sheared sheep

On the Music stage performances from Reckless Elbow, El Squeezebox, the Mockbeggers, the Mersey Morris Men and the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra took place over the two days. I managed to see El Squeezebox and Reckless Elbow.  Unfortunately I missed the legendary Wirral Ukulele Orchestra.

El Squeezebox on stage

El Squeezebox

Reckless Elbow

There was a circus for the children with a chef on stilts drumming up trade in the show ground.

Chef on stilts

The beer tent featured real ales from eight local craft brewers including brews from Birkenhead, Cheshire, St Helens and North Wales.  Given the weather it was probably the best place to be.

The beer tent