Camp and Furnace to host a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ ‘Nightgarden’ Christmas feast

It has fast become one of the city’s most popular Friday nights and you have heard us shouting about it for ages here on The Guide Liverpool.

Next weekend  Camp and Furnace is to hold a pay-as-you-feel Christmas feast, as part of the venue’s popular Nightgarden event, which combines, food, music and performance.

Taking place on Friday December 23rd, the Nightgarden Christmas feast will be cooked by professional chefs, from food that would normally be thrown away from shops and supermarkets and will be raising funds for reducing food poverty and tackling food waste.

We went to check out Nightgarden a few weeks back, watch the video below to get a real feeling of what the night entails.

Headlining is leading chef Mary-Ellen McTague who has previously worked alongside Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, has been Head Chef at Aumbry in Prestwich, as well as appearing

on BBC’s Great British Menu where she reached the regional finals.

Mary-Ellen will be joined by the team from the Real Junk Food Project, a not for profit community interest company who source perfectly edible food that would otherwise be disposed of, and cook it up into restaurant-standard meals – with a focus on health and nutrition.

 Mary-Ellen McTague

Mary-Ellen McTague

Menus will be announced on the day of the event, and will have a festive theme, as well as catering to a range of dietary requirements, with Nightgarden customers being encouraged to pay-as-you-feel, making a financial donation to the project of what they feel the meal is worth.

Since its launch in October, at Camp and Furnace, Nightgarden’s unique format has attracted hundreds of food lovers from across the North West to experience the trailblazing event,

which has gained national press attention. The venue’s cavernous Furnace room is transformed into a ‘glitch forest’, where customers dine beneath rumbling thunder clouds, towering trees and plants as well as being surrounded by large scale projections.

The event also features live bands, aerial performers, plus wine expert and DJ Adam Speechly as well as Nightgarden’s resident ‘creatures’ who interact with guests – combining to create a surreal playground for drinking and late night dancing.

A spokesperson for Camp and Furnace commented: “We’ve been blown away by the popularity of Nightgarden since it launched. Our customers love the theatre and immersive experience of the event and the Christmas Special will be the highlight of the year. We’re delighted to be working with Mary-Ellen and her talented team and hope we’ll be able to assist in raising funds for such a worthy project.”

Nightgarden is open from 6.00pm until late. Entry to the event is free, no booking is required.

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