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Just a Tuesday evening in Liverpool…

Just a Tuesday evening in Liverpool…

Rather than watching the Great British Bake Off, the SF Liverpool group got together on a Tuesday evening in September for some convivial chat and to hear all about local, Liverpool Gin. A perfect Slow Food evening!

Tuesday evening and there’s a choice between watching the Great British Bake Off or the prospect of some convivial chat with the Slow Food Liverpool group, meeting at the Belvedere pub in Sugnall St, Liverpool L7.

Just off Falkner St in the heart of the Georgian Quarter, there is the lovely Belvedere pub, serving local craft beers made by microbrewers such as the Liverpool Organic Brewery.  However, the thing that tips the balance is the Belvedere’s secret weapon: Gin. Not just any gin either, but an organic, micro distilled Liverpool gin made by the landlord John O’Dowd.

Slow Food Liverpool were recently at the Belvedere for the first in a series of monthly “get togethers” or conviviums, informal chats about food and the purpose of Slow Food – to promote good, clean, fair food. Hosted by leader Trine Hughes, this evening was a chance for the group to meet John O’ Dowd and learn a bit more about his Liverpool Gin.

John began the evening by explaining a little about the history of gin, which was introduced by the Dutch following the ascent of William of Orange to the British throne in 1688. His talk was followed by an unexpected but welcome addition to the evening in the form of edible seaweed, Duileasc (pronounced “dulsec”), also known as sea lettuce. Provided by Jimmy Doherty, and picked from his own land on the SW coast of Donegal, this dried seaweed had an intense almost meaty flavour and was the perfect bar snack.

Entertaining company, good drinks and a sustainable food – a perfect Slow Food evening!



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Orginal article written by: Lucy Antal (Committee member of Slow Food Liverpool),



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