If you’re as much of a telly addict as me, then you’ll remember celebrity chefs Shelina Permalloo and Levi Roots from such shows as Masterchef and Dragon’s Den. Now, if you’re in the Liverpool area in a couple of weeks’ time, you’ll be able to meet them for yourself at the Liverpool Food Festival, which launches on the 7th and 8th of September. The launch weekend will include masterclasses and demonstrations not just from the famous foodies but also from several local chefs, and there should be something for everyone thanks to the diversity of events: an edible garden, street food corner and beer festival all feature.
What’s more, sign up to Guardian Extra and get 50% off the cost of a pass to the opening weekend, allowing you to pay a cool £4.50 instead of £9. That, to me, seems like blinding value for money. Markets and champagne marquees are also highlights, along with appearances from Gizzi Erskine and John Whaite on the Sunday. Failing that, if you can’t quite make the opening weekend, you have until September 15th to take advantage of the festival’s events and offers. I, meanwhile, will be paying homage to Levi and Shelina that weekend by cooking coconut and mango chicken, as well as sticky rice with mango, lime and papaya. I think they’d approve!