'Chocolate heaven' at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival The edible bugs zone is among the areas designed to appeal to children

Celebrity chefs, unusual feasts and a chocolate garden will entertain 40,000 people expected to attend the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.

The weekend-long event, in its sixth year, opened earlier as hundreds queued at the gates of Sefton Park.

Demonstrations by chefs including Levi Roots, of Dragons' Den fame, live music, a seafood emporium and edible bugs zone are among the attractions.

An edible garden and "heavenly chocolate garden" also feature.

The festivities are due to continue into next week with a programme of food and drink events at venues across the city.

Event director Denise Harris said it was a "real celebration of the city's thriving food and drink scene".

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