Global Scouse Day began as a simple tradition and gathering between friends and not only has it taken over the city, but it is now taking over the world with celebrations taking place as far as America and Australia! The annual celebration takes place on Thursday 28 February and pays homage to Liverpudlian adventurer and Guinness World Record holder, Graham Hughes, on his birthday.
The essence of the day is to celebrate all things Liverpool; our culture and our heritage over a hot bowl of scouse. Whether you make the dish with lamb, beef or vegetables or if you serve the dish with beetroot or red cabbage, what really matters is that Liverpool comes together year on year to enjoy our local delicacy, (accompanied with buttered crusty white bread is a must!).
The traditional meal, which has been known as Scouse for many generations, originates back to the 1700’s and was formally known as “lobscouse”. What started as a popular sailor’s dish, and very quickly becoming a common dish in Liverpool, was formally made by boiling meat with vegetables and ship’s biscuit, which was used to thicken the stew. Lobscouse can also be thanked for giving Scousers their infamous nickname!
The continued growth of Global Scouse Day can be attributed to organiser, Laura Worthington of Laura’s Little Bakery, who has captured the city’s imagination and has gotten Scouse on the menu of over 100 bars, restaurants and cafes. This year’s Global Scouse Day is extra special as founder, Graham Hughes, will be celebrating his 40th birthday!
Global Scouse Day isn’t just a celebration of all things Liverpool, many charities also benefit from funds raised on the day. Charities that receive donations from Global Scouse Day include R Charity, The Whitechapel Centre, Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and providing free food to the city’s homeless.
So if you want to get involved with Global Scouse Day by making your own Scouse, click here. Here are just some of the venues within the BID Area who are getting involved:
Maggie May’s, The Bluecoat, American Pizza Slice, Café Tabac, Castle Street Townhouse, East Avenue Bakehouse, Hard Day’s Night Hotel, HUS, The Lady of Mann, LEAF, Maray, Nolita Cantina, NYL Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Salthouse Bacaro, Soul of Bold St, Thomas Rigby’s and many more!
Find out the full list on globalscouseday.com
Photo credit: Bluecoat – They will be serving Scouse fo £5.95 and will be doing a special vegetarian version on Global Scouse Day!