Homegrown food, drink and music is on the menu for Wirral’s Farm Feast festival this 13th and 14th June. With The Farm headlining a music programme celebrating Merseyside talent along with a championing of the region’s foodie talent and enthusiasm it has all the ingredients for a memorable weekend.
Food, Glorious Food!
Signed up for the summer festival this year is chef and British baker John Whaite. Since winning 2012’s Great British Bake Off, John has gained a diploma in patisserie from the revered Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts and has published two cookbooks; John Whaite Bakes and John Whaite Bakes at Home. He is resident chef on ITV’s breakfast show Lorraine. Joining John is children’s TV presenter Katy Ashworth, a familiar face to CBeebies viewers to entertain Little Feasters as well as share some of her cooking tips and tricks. Curry evangelist and founder of Mowgli in Liverpool, Nisha Katona returns to Farm Feast to share recipes and her love of food with fellow foodies. Chef Matt Worswick, Luke Thomas and Moyo Benson also offer their culinary tips and tricks.
Wirral is home to some of the region’s finest producers and Farm Feast can prove it. Festival favourites including The Ship& Mitre Beer Tent, Beer & Cider Festival, Little Feasters, the Good Life Marquee, Chef’s Theatre, Sheep Show and Capstan’s Bazaar add to the entertainment with over 50 local food producers. Food champions like Chef Adopt a School and Real Junk Food Campaign are at Farm Feast to talk about food waste and offer sustainable cooking tips.
Locally Sourced Sounds
Legendary Liverpool band The Farm will headline this year’s Farm Feast. The group, who had eight top 49 hit singles in the UK including Groovy Train and All Together Now, bring their anthemic live show to the two day food, drink and music festival at Claremont Farm.
The Farm, led by Peter Hooton, crown a weekend of music that’s in keeping with the locally sourced ethos of the food offer at Farm Feast in celebrating homegrown music. The best of the music from Liverpool and Wirral offers a melodic backdrop to the food and drink across Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June. The main stage will also welcomes both established and emerging Merseyside acts; Dovedale Social has programmed The Mono LPS, Married to the Sea, The Maydays, The Ragamuffins and Paddy Clegg. Mellowtone has programme the Courtyard Stage with a weekend of acoustic acts.
Meanwhile the winners of Farm Feast and Bido Lito! music competition, #NewWirralSounds head to the Main Stage to showcase some of the finest up and coming acts in the region. The winners are alt-folk Cavalry, Wirral indie pop band VYNCE, Wirral’s fifty fingered beast Black Mountain Lights, Veyu, Wirral quartet Holy Thursday. Critic’s Choice winner is She Drew the Gun and Popular Choice winner is Scarlet.
Andrew Pimbley is Farm Feast Festival Director:
“My ambition for Farm Feast was to always celebrate everything that’s local and from the region so food, drink and music. It’s celebrating everything that makes us happy and healthy, from the community around us. We’re a unique festival in the heart of the Wirral countryside. It’s over 30 years that we’ve had the farm shop here in Bebington so we’ve fed a generation of people who’ll probably be bringing their own children to Farm Feast this year.”