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


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