Liverpool is gearing up for the return of Global Scouse Day (GSD), a celebration of the city’s famous stew taking place this Sunday (28 February).
This year’s event marks the fourth GSD and will see over 150 bars, restaurants and cafés from across Liverpool adding Scouse to their menus.
Started in 2006 by Graham Hughes and organiser Laura Worthington, GSD is this year working closely with The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals to raise money for its ‘R Charity’ which aims to improve the experience of its patients.
Laura Worthington, co-founder of GSD and owner of Laura’s Little Bakery, says: “Every year the day gets bigger and better and I am very proud of how the city has got behind the event and made it what it is.”
As with previous years, the annual ‘Me Ma’s Great Scouse Off’ competition will be taking place at the Liverpool One Bridewell pub on Sunday. Locals are encouraged to enter their version of the stew with the winner decided by a celebrity judging panel.
Virgin Trains will be taking part in GSD for the second time, placing Scouse on the menu across its UK train networks and has events planned at its Lime Street base.
Anfield-based bakery Home Baked will be working with Virgin to offer Scouse pies to Liverpool fans heading down to London for the Capital One Cup final.
Graham Hughes, co-founder of GSD, became the first person to visit all 193 United Nation states without flying in 2012. His travels, along with the Liverpudlians he met along the way, formed part of his inspiration to set up the day.
Graham, who lives on his own island off the coast of Panama, says: “It started about 10 years ago. I have a Scottish friend whose birthday happens to fall on Burns Night, so every year on 25 January we’d head over to enjoy plenty of haggis, neeps and tatties etc.
“It got me thinking, why not have a food-based celebration ourselves? So on 28 February, between Burns Night and St Patrick’s Day, I had a big group of mates over for a party and rustled up a large batch of Scouse.
“It became a bit of an annual event so much so that when I left home to go on my adventure, my friends kept the tradition alive by making Scouse for themselves on 28 February.
“In 2011, one of those friends, Laura, decided she would try and get the entire city eating Scouse on 28 February and she’s been instrumental in making GSD what it has become.
“Scouse represents more than just a tasty meal. It’s a link to our shared past and a way of uniting the city. Liverpool is, in my humble opinion, the greatest city in the world and also the friendliest.
“It’s all but impossible to make Scouse for one, it’s a dish for sharing, for bringing Scousers together, a celebration of where we come from and where we’re going.”