The annual Liverpool Food & Drink Festival returns to Sefton Park to celebrate another year of the best food and drink Liverpool has to offer. The event is rated as one of the best autumn food and drink festivals in the UK and this year looks to be bigger and better than the rest.

The festival will have over 100 stalls showcasing and selling a wide variety of cuisines and drinks from across the globe. The main focus of the festival is on healthy eating and living. The Good Life Area is dedicated to natural fresh produce and gluten free products. Celebrity chefs Nadiya Hussain and Madeline Shaw will be taking part in a Q&A to answer questions about healthy cooking techniques and tips. They will also be demonstrating healthy recipes to a live audience.

The festival is famous for its chocolate corner. According to the official website stalls selling specialty chocolate items include Coco Baroque, Churros Susanna and Simply Strawberries. This will be a must see corner for visitors with a sweet tooth. The festival is an ideal place to bring families with an area specifically made for children called Kids Village. Alongside fun activities children will also have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and nutrient.

Food festivals have risen in popularity in recent years to become big business. Restaurateurs, produce providers and investors use these festivals to promote and entice new customers to the food and beverage industry. In city’s such as Las Vegas, food conventions can go on for days and have over a million visitors.

Las Vegas has become the benchmark for cities looking to increase tourism and boost their economy through various high profile events. With expos and conventions becoming extremely popular among the masses, the Vegas government even confirmed that four of its most popular conventions generated over $500 million for the local economy.

With huge entertainment hubs like Las Vegas greatly impacted by the increased participation in online gaming due to the revolutionary live table games where dealers can interact with players among other features, land-based establishments have looked to showcased non-gaming events to boost revenues and diversify their portfolios. Such efforts have been noticed across the globe, and now cities such as Liverpool are seeing how profitable annual food and drink festivals have become recently. From the village farmer market to the halls of giant convention centres food festivals have exploded onto the public conscious.

Liverpool John Moores University sponsors the food festival and this year will focus on food waste. Recent reports have stated that the United Kingdom throws away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year. With food waste having a detrimental effect on UK families, costing every household around £470 a year, the festival hopes to educate people on how to improve their lifestyle. The University will provide demonstrations and activities on how families can reduce waste and make nutritious meals from food that would originally be thrown away.

Liverpool Food & Drink Festival 2016
17th & 18th September
Sefton Park