New way to celebrate Global Scouse Day at home and help homeless

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Global Scouse Day takes place every year on February 28 – and there's no better way to celebrate than with a big bowl of our city's most favourite dish.

Under usual circumstances, restaurants, bars and cafés across the region would be serving up the famous dish to couples, families and tourists alike in their venues.

But with hospitality business around the city closed due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, this year the group behind Global Scouse Day team have teamed up with LIDS (Liverpool Independent Delivered Services) to offer locally-sourced ingredients or locally-prepared scouse to be delivered to your door.

Residents will be not only be able to get stuck into the delicious meal, but can also donate a hearty bowl of scouse to those in need around the city.

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Dave Critchley, from Halewood, is head chef at Liverpool's Lu Ban in the Baltic Triangle and alongside Graham Hughes and Laura Worthington organises the Global Scouse Day event every year.

He told the ECHO: "We set up Global Scouse Day about 10 years ago now, but it's always been about community and family as much as it has been about going out to celebrate.

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"That's almost what it’s about, family time and the community aspect with the donations and still managing to help other people even when we’re in our homes in lockdown. You can still continue to celebrate Global Scouse Day.

"When we spoke about it it was just before Christmas time and we said what are we going to do next year whilst in this situation.

Dave Critchley, Graham Hughes and Laura Worthington, the team behind Global Scouse Day

"At the minute people are breaking out into virtual and heat at home boxes, that’s how part of industry is surviving. We thought that would be something fun to do.

"Global Scouse Day is a celebration not just of the dish, but the people, the culture and the attitudes of the city, so it’s really important that we carry on doing this and hopefully next year we’ll be able to celebrate together."

Global Scouse Day and LIDS have teamed up to offer two different types of hampers to the people of Merseyside this weekend, with orders being delivered on Saturday, February 27 to Liverpool, Wirral and Widnes.

Customers can buy the Make Yer Own LIDS bespoke hamper, filled with all the ingredients needed to make scouse like onions, carrots, potatoes, beef, lamb and more for £20.

Or if cooking isn't your strongest skill or you're just busy, you can still join in with Global Scouse Day thanks to LIDS pre-prepared food delivery service with a Heat at Home hamper from The Little Shoe on Bold Street costing £12.

Global Scousers Dave Critchley and Graham Hughes will also be hosting a free live scouse cook-along on Zoom this Saturday, February 27 from 5pm till 6pm

Customers will also be given the opportunity to “pay it forward” and donate bowls of scouse for those in need in these difficult days at the cost of £5.

Dave said: "Now more than ever it's a time for us to think because we are in this lockdown.

"For me personally, it's been a time of reflecting and helping others and whilst at home being grateful for what we already have."

This year, Dave said Global Scouse Day will support homeless charities the Whitechapel Centre and the Papercup Project.

The team hope to serve hundreds of bowls of scouse in the coming days and Dave said it will "make people's day" having a "hot, hearty meal in their bellies."

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Global Scousers Dave Critchley and Graham Hughes will also be hosting a free live scouse cook-along on Zoom this Saturday, February 27 from 5pm till 6pm.

Dave said that scouse is best prepared the day before, so they'll be getting everything ready for the long cook and that it is a great family weekend activity in lockdown to have fun and learn new skills in the kitchen.

To find out more about Global Scouse Day click here. To order a scouse hamper of pay it forward, click here.

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