Where to eat around Liverpool City Centre on LightNight 2019

Food is art. On LightNight, when hundreds of arts events take over the city, you can eat and think your way around the culture crawl. 


LightNight Liverpool, the city’s popular one-night arts festival, is back on Friday 17 May 2019 for its tenth year. The theme for this year’s festival is Ritual. Food is at the heart of many of our social rituals, sharing meals, creating special dishes for festivities or just raising a glass with friends to celebrate the moment. See what’s on and plan your LightNight here.

Bombed Out Church Food Hub, 17:00 – 23:00

Eat, drink, socialise, relax, watch, listen and discover in the church gardens. With a wide selection of fabulous food and drink vendors including Perfect Samosa, Cake Up North, The Bhaji Box, Sutikku, Derby House, Fritto, Picnic, Prosecco & Champagne Bar plus real ale, local beers and more!

Back by popular demand, there’ll be a range of live music through the night:

16:00 — 19:00 Open Mic

19:00 SOSO Choir

20:00 Liverpool Show Choir

21:00 Isabelle Tarran

MORE: Get more Food & Drink news for Liverpool here

Food Hub at Baltic Market, 17:00 – 00:00

Liverpool’s first street food market, Baltic Market will be providing grub on the go, great cocktails and a whole evening of live music and more.

From wood-fired pizzas to halloumi fries and everything in-between – never LightNight on an empty stomach. Everyone is welcome so bring your mates, bring your Nan, bring the whole family or bring your Chihuahua – and let’s celebrate the ritual of coming together around long benches and feasting to our hearts’ content.

The Ritual of Sharing Food, Bluecoat Display Centre, 18:30 – 19:30

The ritual of breaking bread with friends and family is very important as it not only nourishes us both physically and emotionally but it draws people together. Artist Natalie Moon will be joined by chef and Lunya owner Peter Kinsella to talk Pinchos, food, sharing. Natalie’s contemporary ceramic challenge our perception of ‘the plate’ and how it is used. The perfect blend of food and art. Booking essential please call 0151 709 4014.

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Dandelion Ice Cream Ropewalks Sq 17:30 – 18:30

Fancy an ice cream? Brazilian artist Jorge Menna Barreto invites you to become part of a delicious experiment about our relationship with food and the environment.

Using wild edibles growing in and around Liverpool, Jorge has developed a special plant-based ice cream based on ideas of eating locally and ethically. Human civilisation has replaced foraging for a global supermarket culture, losing its sense of place and belonging. This project presents an alternative, an invitation to ‘devour our immediate surroundings’. By creating an ice cream using plants and herbs that grow around us, the artist asks us to suspend the act of consuming and use our bodies to foster deeper connections to the ecosystems we belong to.First-come, first-served! If you miss your chance, head to Maray on Bold Street where the ice cream will be on the menu for the rest of the night.

Presented by Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Maray.

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Cakes and Ale Ropewalks Sq 18:30 – 19:00

Liverpool Chamber Choir treat you to music from the 16th – 20th century linked to the everyday rituals of eating and (especially) drinking. Listen to ladies who lunch elegantly; peasants who imbibe copiously; Christmas dinners that nearly got away; and teddy bears who picnic!

Rituals of Coffee Baltic Roastery 17:00 – 23:00

Explore the ritualistic history of coffee’s origins and how our interaction with coffee has changed over time. Watch coffee being roasted, learn about the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and enjoy your favourite drink.

The cafe will be open all night serving coffees, other hot drinks and alcohol if you so wish!

Bean Juice and other juicy bits Baltic Roastery 18:30, 19:30 & 20:30

‘The bitter, black, invention of Satan!’ said some old Pope about coffee – until he had a slurp and loved it.

Grab a coffee as barista Gideon – out of work actor, real name Lawrence, and his auntie DeeDee, volunteer barista (it’s on her bucket list) acquaint you of the rituals of the dark brew in the roastery; then join them in the Shed for a secret, bitchy gossip about their dysfunctional family rituals. A new site-specific comedy written by Sue Fowkes and Jamie McLoughlin with performances from Phil Perez and Sue Fowkes.

Liverpool’s most eccentric Baristas take you on a participative romp through strange and perplexing coffee rituals, old and new. Performances last 30 min.

MORE: See what’s on for the kids and all the family in Liverpool here

Where there’s tea there’s hope the Garden Cafe by Leaf at FACT, 17:00 – 22:00

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Tea is an intrinsic part of the tradition of many countries the world over; not only a rich part of heritage and national identity, but a valuable part of our day-to-day lives. Join The Garden by LEAF in exploring all things tea!

The reasons we love loose leaves are vast – increased health benefits, their high quality, intense flavours, distinct characteristics, and the freedom to mix and blend to our hearts’ content. There’ll be lots to get involved with, exploring tea rituals, experimenting with your own tea blends, and even creating artwork with the wonderful stuff.


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