One of the many happenings in Liverpool throughout the year is Global Scouse Day. Every year on February 28th there is a celebration of “all things Liverpool”, celebrated around the meat or veggie stew called Scouse. It has turned into a week-long event so if you missed it this year, mark your calendar for next year.
Scouse (the stew) is synonymous with Liverpool and you find restaurants, cafes, and bars around Liverpool having Scouse on their menu. It’s also served in Liverpool schools, hospitals, and on Virgin trains nationwide. In recent years Global Scouse Day has grown to encompass music, art and cinema from across the city. It has turned into a week of celebration so make sure to get out there and join in.
It all began with Liverpudlian adventurer Graham Hughes. Graham David Hughes is a British adventurer, filmmaker, television presenter and Guinness World Record holder. Hughes was the first person to visit all 193 United Nations member states and several other territories across the world without flying. He did so over a period of nearly four years and completed the task in November 2012. If you’ve never heard of him, you should look him up – he’s quite the character and even had his own television program called “Graham’s World” while he travelled.
Before Hughes left for his adventures in 2008 he held a dinner every year on his birthday. He would serve Scouse to his friends in celebration. Laura Worthington (of Laura’s Little Bakery fame) thought it would be fun to continue the tradition in his absence and over the course of the next five years, Global Scouse Day grew from a small gathering to an event that captured the city’s imagination, with over 100 bars, restaurants and cafes putting scouse on the menu on February 28th, and saw support from the Lord Mayor of Liverpool as well as Everton and Liverpool footy clubs.
It’s become a pretty large annual event that’s gone global. Venues as far away as the US and Australia put Scouse on their menu. It also raises money for R Charity, The Whitechapel Centre, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, and providing free food to the city’s homeless.
Check out the Global Scouse Day website to find out how to make scouse, which venues in Liverpool and around the world are serving scouse, what GSD-related events are being held on the week of February 28th, more information about the charities that are supported across the Merseyside region, and how to get in touch. Happy Birthday Graham Hughes and Happy Scouse Day