Wirral Food & Drink Festival Farm Feast - kings and queens of cooking 25th – 26th May - Headlining the Livestock bill is Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook - First Ever Farm Feast Hailed as a Great Success
Over 30,000 festival-goers from across the North West descended upon Claremont Farm over the bank holiday weekend to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Farm Feast 2014 – a two day festival of food, drink, music and family fun – and Livestock, a night-time music event in the great outdoors headlined by our region’s very own Peter Hook & The Light.
Orb Events worked closely with the Pimbley family as co-organisers and co-creators to reinvent the Wirral Food and Drink festival, shaping it into one of the Northwest’s most exciting and unique culinary events!
Debbie Boyd, director of Orb Events said “It was a dream opportunity to work with such great people and we are grateful that all our hard work paid off!”, whilst Andrew Pimbley, Festival Director said, ‘It was a bit of a gamble, we took a well established festival, changed the name and put it on a different weekend. But we've proved it works, people have come and supported us and we couldn't complain about anything’
Food and drink traders were packed throughout the festival, with many having to restock before the end of each day. One of the International Street Food traders, Little Furnace, told us afterwards ‘Next year we intend to go for a larger pitch and bring our big set up! A superb and well-organised event. It was a pleasure to trade at.’
This spirit was mirrored from festival-goer Mark Gateson who described Farm Feast as an “Excellent "mini" festival. Great beer tent, excellent music, food, sun and rain and a little bit of mud! Kids enjoyed it, adults enjoyed it even more.”
We can hear you thinking, 'Livestock - isn't that sheep, pigs and cows?', not this time! Get yourself down to Claremont Farm on 25th May from 7pm - 11pm where Farm Feast presents to you a complete different type of Livestock! A night-time music event in the great outdoors will continue the festivities of the day with a line-up of seasoned musicians, delicious street food, beer & cider from the Ship & Mitre and cocktails from Liverpool's Aloha Tiki Bar!
Livestock is a separate event to Farm Feast and requires a separate ticket which can be purchased in advance at Farm Feast during the day, or on the door of the event. Please note there will be no cash machines on site.
Headlining the Livestock bill is Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook, along with his current band The Light!
Peter Hook & The Light will play a hybrid set of Joy Division and New Order tunes, reinvented to suit their innovative playing style. The band, which includes Hooky's son, brings a raw edge and powerful punk ethos to these classic works through Peter’s mercurial driving bass and brilliant vocals.
This reinvention has received praise from acclaimed music critic BBC 6Music DJ Mark Radcliffe, ensuring these classics remain as fresh and relevant as ever.
Having recently returned from an American tour, Livestock is pleased to have the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Dan Croll, take to the Claremont Farm stage to perform his self-produced debut album Sweet Disarray.
Croll’s music is an uplifting mix of folk meets classic pop melodies, and visitors of Livestock will be treated to the catchy guitar hooks and electronic beats that have become firm favourites with the likes of Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.
Liverpool's very own acoustic three-piece Stealing Sheep will also be featuring at Livestock this year! Rebecca Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer have made waves on the indie-folk scene with their melodic and haunting brand of dreampop.
Festivalgoers can expect whirling and spiralling guitars, thunderous and mesmerising drums, hypnotic and infectious synths and enchanting three part harmonies, while they perform their critically acclaimed first album, 'Into the Diamond Sun'!
Six months since being crowned the Merseyrail Sound Station 2013 winners, Soho Riots will be opening Livestock.
This is a group who embrace pop music’s great ability to explore uncharted emotive depth through the prism of soaring melody, and are constantly developing their style and skill through their Sound Station prize of a year of professional music management.
With this ecectic line-up and with tickets at £15 in advance, Livestock is set to be a fantastic event.
After giving the idyllic rolling fields of Claremont Farm a year-long respite, the team behind the much loved Wirral Food & Drink festival are back and very excited to introduce you to our new festival, Farm Feast! Claremont Farm will continue to host the event on the brand new dates of 25th – 26th May 2014, the second bank holiday of the month. The Wirral Food & Drink Festival has become a firm favourite of the North West’s culinary calendar and we are very excited to bring to you an even bigger celebration of quality food, drink and music at Farm Feast 2014!
The team at Farm Feast has improved on the key elements that made Wirral Food & Drink such a success; purveyors of delicious produce, celebrity chef demonstrations and our sustainable living tent ‘The Good Life Marquee’. We’ve combined these with some fantastic new ideas, the best music the region has to offer and a new evening event, Livestock, to create a great celebration of our region’s best food and music!
We look forward to seeing you there.
Farm Feast's kings and queens of cooking
A trio of celebrity culinary experts, alongside a host of the Northwest region's most talented chefs, will dazzle visitors with demonstrations and cookery workshops in the Chefs Theatre at Farm Feast.
BBC's gastronaut, Stefan Gates, will be astounding spectators with his interesting take on new age cooking. Expect DIY chewing gum and custard-powder flame-throwing!
Great British Bake Off finalist Brendon Lynch will be demonstrating his baking expertise with a Baltic Cinnamon and Orange Kringle dish, and a choux pastry masterclass!
Nisha Katona rounds up our culinary roster by taking visitors through a step-by-step routine on how to create one of Britain’s favourite curries: Chicken Tikka Masala.
As well as the celebs, you can catch locally acclaimed Paul Askew, Dave Critchley and Chef Adam Franklin who will be impressing us all with 4 courses in 40 minutes.
MERSEYRAIL SOUND STATION AT FARM FEAST!
After its success in 2013, the initiative that originated to help expose and celebrate emerging new music in the Mersey area has started again. Merseyrail Sound Station brings you all you need to know about the most exciting new music in the Merseyside area, alongside some fantastic exclusive live sessions, all within their free monthly podcast.
Last year's competition invited emerging artists to film themselves playing an original song at one of the Merseyrail Sound Station upload points across the county. Hundreds of applicants were wittled down to 10, who performed at a mini festival at Moorfields Station. The prize: A year of professional music management and recording time.
Six months since being crowned the 2013 winners, Soho Riots will be opening the stage at Livestock, Farm Feast's brand new music event on Sunday 25th May. They’ll be adding to the great line-up of Stealing Sheep, Dan Croll and Peter Hook & The Light.
Merseyrail Sound Station will also be bringing their pop-up busking stage to Farm Feast, hosting a programme of new emerging musicians from the region for festival visitors to enjoy in the May sunshine.
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