One of the best attended and most enjoyed days out in Liverpool has to be the Hope Street Feast. Now food and fun lovers can rejoice and look forward to September 16th as the seventh annual Hope Street Feast has been confirmed to take place.

There is something very special about this eagerly anticipated event as the Hope Street and the surrounding streets come alive with a variety of cultural events in both the open and indoor spaces, including cookery demonstrations and special tasters from the local restaurants, real ale, live music, dance and theatre.

Hope Street captures Liverpool at its very best and has the feel and spirit of an urban village fete. Visitor numbers typically top 30,000; this popular and unique day out offers not only a cornucopia of gastronomic delights but also two outdoor music stages, street theatre and open days.

In recent years visitors viewing the music stages and street theatre have had the pleasure of seeing the likes of Alun Parry, Jo Bywater and Ian Prowse, Alice Bunker-Whitney and Michael Idris captivate audiences.

The well-established Myrtle Street stage will this year become the ‘After 8’ stage, named in honour after the acclaimed year-old programme of intimate folk, roots and unplugged gigs held in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Rodewald Suite. The stage has performances from folk singer Same Lee, Pauline Scanlon and Meabh O’Hare, (who are part of the 2012 Irish Sea Sessions) and Cocos Lovers to name a few.

The street will also witness a dance showcase from the talented students of Liverpool’s Institute for Performing Arts and cultural institution Hope Street Limited’s very own Athletics Association will bring humourous games of old such as hurdle-hopping into the future. Feast goers are invited to witness (and participate in) some legendary sporting challenges – the ones that should never have gone away.

Simon Glinn, who devised and manages Hope Street Feast said, “Hope Street Feast is Liverpool at its most relaxed, hospitable finest. We welcome everyone to wander in wonder through the Hope Street Quarter and enjoy the exceptional offer this area provides to our city and its visitors.”

Whether your passion is for the unexpected delight in finding ingredients for that new tasty dish, listening to some quality music or even seeing the weird and wonderful in the heart of Liverpool, the Hope Street Feast is the day for you.

Ian D. Hall