Calling all Liverpool foodies! This summer is about to get a whole brighter (and tastier) as new food and drink festival Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux is set to arrive in the city. Running for four days during the month of June, coinciding with the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration, the festival will see the city’s hospitality sector collaborate with the Bordeaux Wine Council and the French Government, promising to be “the most delicious weekend of 2022.”
Taste Liverpool aims to redefine ‘street food’ as three of the city’s foodie destinations Hope Street, Bold Street and Castle Street will become immersive food experiences with takeovers by local restauranteurs and producers, cookery demonstrations, food inspired cultural events and venues creating special festival menus. Visitors to the festival can also expect four days of music performances and family friendly activities to accompany the food and drink experience. The food and drink event will be free to attend with ticketed experiences available for wine tasting, which are now on sale.
Check out the Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux programme
Official festival menus and venues
Over 50 of Liverpool’s leading restaurants will create special menus as part of Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux. For four mouth-watering days, chefs will inspire guests across a range of culinary themes with each unique menu and linked to their restaurant. The public will be able to vote for their favourite menu during the festival with the winning restaurant in each category getting the chance to travel to the world famous Bordeaux Wine Festival and represent the city later in the year.
Free chef demos at The Bombed Out Church
The iconic Bombed Out Church is one of Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux’s key destinations, where you’ll find some of Liverpool’s leading chefs and kitchen stars hosting free 45-minute sessions from June 3-5 and showcasing their incredible skills, with four sessions per day. Guests confirmed include The Art School’s Paul Askew, Simon Rimmer from Sunday Kitchen, former Great British Bake Off contestant Elizabeth Acker, Sarah Mountain of Channel 4’s Snackmasters and Gabriella Margiotta of Gabriella’s Kitchen, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks. Plus, in between each demonstration the venue will transform into the Kitchen Disco, with DJs performing family friendly sets to get everyone up and dancing.
Taking place throughout the weekend, a thriving city centre market will host many of the city’s artisanal farmers, producers, makers and cultivators, with stalls showcasing the wonderful range of produce and independent craftmanship from the region. There’s an abundance of independent traders doing amazing work in the fields and farms around Liverpool, and the Producers’ Market will help bring this to life during the weekend with their wonderful wares available to buy. Details on the traders taking part and locations will be announced soon.
Bordeaux Wine Experience
Tickets for the Bordeaux Wine Experience are now on sale, which takes place at the palatial Town Hall. French flair will meet Scouse style with a touch of theatre for all to enjoy, blending the classic appeal of the breath-taking building with modern flourishes including a DJ and MC. Tickets include six tasting glasses of Bordeaux wine; a complimentary Bordeaux wine glass; entrance to wine masterclasses throughout the day; and the opportunity to talk to the world’s finest wine producers.
The Bordeaux Bar in Martin’s Bank
In what is quite possibly Liverpool’s grandest venue, the Martins Bank will open its doors after being closed to the public for many years. The historic site is a truly awe-inspiring building, like a film set brought to life, and each day of the festival it will host a range of affordable Bordeaux wines and fine-dining snacks from The Art School. Martin’s Bank will also host the Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux’s launch on Thursday (June 2), a commonwealth celebration lunch and a grand dinner on the Saturday night (June 4) with a Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra string quartet and chilled music from local DJs. Entry to The Bordeaux Wine Bar is for anyone with a pass for the Bordeaux Wine Experience.
Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux will take place from June 2-5 across three foodie streets in Liverpool city centre- Hope Street, Bold Street and Castle Street. You can find out more about the festival here.