Tasty new festival celebrating ‘sugar, spice and all things nice’ coming to Port Sunlight this Easter

A new food and drink festival bringing together some of Wirral and Merseyside’s best local makers is coming to the historic Port Sunlight village this Easter weekend.

Presented by Port Sunlight Village Trust and award-winning local chocolatier The Chocolate Cellar, the Sugar & Spice Festival will be open to explore on Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 March, between 9.30am and 5pm.

It will take over the picturesque Diamond park and Museum Green in the centre of the village, opposite Lady Lever Art Gallery.

The festival will be free to enter and include over 20 stalls where visitors can explore and enjoy a range of flavours from around the world. From indulgent chocolate and homemade honey to Indian wraps and Lebanese pastries, the festival will offer something to suit all taste buds and give visitors the chance to discover something new.

Some of the sugary and spicy highlights include the fabulous flavours of Liverpool Cheese Company, Pen Y Lan Pork, Cake House Wirral, and Seasoned Pioneers, to name just a few.

Visitors will also enjoy a taste of Port Sunlight itself with Sunlight Bees whose honey-based products are made in the village, and village-based illustrator Katie Tyson will also be presenting her eye-catching prints, cards and fabrics.

Also running over 29 and 30 March will be Port Sunlight’s popular Easter trail, where families are being invited to explore the village to find bee-themed clues and claim a chocolate reward. Tickets are £6 each and include a pair of wings and bee boppers. Pre-booking is essential for the Easter trail and numbers are limited, so families are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased at www.portsunlightvillage.com/whats-on

Charlene Davies, Public Programme Manager at Port Sunlight Village Trust, said, “We’re so excited to be working with The Chocolate Cellar to present this brand new food and drink festival and what better setting for it than the beautiful village of Port Sunlight? It’s going to be a magical two days filled with fantastic flavours and family fun thanks to our ever-popular Easter trail, so we hope to see lots of visitors treating themselves to something tasty and discovering our special village.”

Bala Croman, owner of The Chocolate Cellar, said, “I am so excited that this festival has come together. Port Sunlight is such a beautiful setting for bringing together fabulous food and drink. I have long dreamt of a little family festival with the brilliant delights that our stall holders are offering. I’m hoping for an enchanting weekend and really excited to bring everyone together. Thanks to Port Sunlight for enabling this and working with me!”

On both days of the festival, there will also be a handful of fun and free workshops and talks at Port Sunlight Museum including Camels Hump, Foragers Fancy, Bear Hunt Books, The Chocolate Cellar, Cake House Wirral, and UK Unplugged. There will also be a special chocolate and wine pairing workshop with Chester Beer and Wine, with limited places at £12.50 each. Go to www.portsunlightvillage.com/whats-on  for more information and timings.

Confirmed stallholders at the Sugar & Spice Festival include:

  • The Chocolate Cellar (chocolate, hot chocolate, sweet treats)
  • Sunlight Bees (honey, treats)
  • Pen Y Lan Pork (hog roast, baps)
  • Namak Kitchen (hot food, Indian wraps, rice)
  • Foragers Fancy (drinks)
  • Piadina Pronto (hot pizza)
  • Hyacinth Ice Cream
  • Liverpool Cheese Company
  • Camels Hump (Lebanese cold pastries)
  • Boysenberry (cold foods, bacon baps, vegan options)
  • UK Unplugged (activity kits for children)
  • Chester Beer and Wine
  • Bear Hunt Books (books for children)
  • Seasoned Pioneers (spices and cajun food)
  • Cake House Wirral (cakes)
  • Mule Coffee (hot drinks and snacks)
  • Copa Coffee (hot drinks and snacks)
  • Katie Tyson (art prints, cards, fabrics)
  • Freida McKitrick (printmaker)
  • Therapy & Scent (aromatherapy, candles)
  • Myers Makes (jewellery, watches)
  • Bee Kind Reimagined (eco-friendly handmade gifts)

Free parking is available opposite Port Sunlight Museum and on surrounding streets, however visitors are asked to be considerate of residents. Visitors are encouraged to instead travel by train on the Merseyrail network and make use of Port Sunlight or Bebington stations, both a five-minute walk away from the Diamond park.

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