Southport Food and Drink Festival. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Tens of thousands of food and drink lovers descended on Southport this past Jubilee bank holiday weekend to sample the very best that the North West has to offer.

A diverse range of food such as American, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Indian, Canadian, Lebanese to name a few, were on offer from over 80 street traders, including 25 from Southport alone.

Producers came from over the north west and sold food such as cheese, pies, scones, brownies and fudge with many selling out each day and leaving with smiles on their faces.

As a family event the little ones enjoyed the children’s entertainment where there were regular magic shows, den building and face painting. Inflatables and water walking also provided plenty of entertainment.

Korean Kitchen from Southport at Southport Food and Drink Festival. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Korean Kitchen from Southport at Southport Food and Drink Festival. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Due to poor weather, we were forced to close on Friday but traders and visitors alike were back with a bang on Saturday and Sunday, making the festival a roaring success.

Families and groups of friends attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed their visit with many setting up a picnic area on the grass and enjoying the entire day and beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“We were all so delighted to be able to bring the Southport Food & Drink Festival to Sefton for the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

“The sheer amount of families and food lovers who came to the festival is a fantastic testament to how popular this weekend is, which benefits the whole town and the wider borough.

A cocktail bar at Southport Food and Drink Festival. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

A cocktail bar at Southport Food and Drink Festival. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

“Over the years the festival has evolved into an incredibly huge and diverse event and is now one of, if not the, biggest food festivals in the North West.

“Hundreds of our amazing local traders in Southport are joined each year by some of the finest food and drink producers from across the region in the fantastic setting of Victoria Park.

“We’re now looking forward to welcoming thousands more visitors for the Southport Air Show in July.”

Diegos from Southport at Southport Food and Drink Festival. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Diegos from Southport at Southport Food and Drink Festival. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Sefton welcomes over 8.7 million visitors a year contributing over £518 million to the local economy.

For more information about upcoming events and tickets please visit www.visitsouthport.com

This weekend, Victoria Park in Southport hosts the Seaside Weekender.

Tickets for Save The Rave Festival are available here: www.savetheravefestival.co.uk and Tickets for Look-A-Like Tribute Festival are available here: www.lookalikefestival.com

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