More information has been revealed about Hull’s popular Street Food Nights, which will be returning to its “spiritual home” two years after it was moved to Zebedee’s Yard due to overwhelming popularity.
In 2017, the first event was launched in Trinity Square, with a few thousand people expected to attend, but 13,000 people arrived to sample some of the city’s best street food and drink.
Now it has been revealed the Street Food Nights will be returning to Trinity Square, alongside a pop-up cocktail bar, more than 30 vendors, live music and even a rickshaw to transport people between Paragon Station and the event.
Kathryn Shillito, HullBID executive director, said: “We expected a few thousand people and about 13,000 turned up. We had a rethink, we re-grouped and we got it right by moving to Zebedee’s Yard and Princes Dock Street, but Trinity Square is the spiritual home and we have worked really hard with Hull City Council to ensure we can return there.”
Everything you need to know about Hull Street Food Nights 2019
When is it?
The first event of this year will place on Thursday, April 4, and will run on the first Thursday of the month until September.
On August 8, the event will serve as a starter for the Yum! Festival, which will take place over the weekend of August 9 and August 10, at Queens Gardens and The Rose Bowl.
What time does it take place?
All the Hull Street Food Nights will take place from 4pm to 9pm, and the Yum! Festival is from 11am until 7pm.
Where will it be held?
The events will be happening at Trinity Square, in the shadow of Hull Minster and the heart of Hull’s Old Town.
What food will be on offer?
The full list of vendors is still to be announced, but more than 30 of them will be set up around the square offering authentic dishes from different countries and cuisines including options for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs, catering for all tastes and budgets.
The events will also embrace Trinity Indoor Market, where many of the food court operators are businesses that have graduated from Hull Street Food Nights.
What drink will be on offer?
The Lexington, the highest rooftop bar in the city which sits at the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ferensway, is the sponsor of this year’s Hull Street Food Nights.
The Lexington will present a pop-up cocktail bar in the centre of Trinity Square for each of the events, with visitors encouraged to also support the many bars, pubs and café bars in and around the historic Old Town.
What is the entertainment?
The events will feature live music, a DJ set from Mark Page of Humber Street Sesh and performers including fire breathers and jugglers lining some of the routes to the venue.
What else is new for this year?
There will be a branded rickshaw to ferry people between the transport interchange and Trinity Square. Hull Minster will also be open to provide seating and shelter for visitors.
Kathryn said: “One of the main reasons we established this event was to support food and beverage businesses in Hull and I am delighted to see that a number of them now have permanent sites in Trinity Indoor Market and elsewhere in the city centre.
“Hull Minster will bring a new dimension to the events and the closing time of 9pm will enable the bars, restaurants and café bars around the city to attract the people in and keep the party going.
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“Without the support of The Lexington, we may have struggled to host the event so naturally we are very grateful. The funds will help cover infrastructure costs and importantly, will allow us to provide more varied entertainment.
“We’re looking forward to The Lexington being a big part of Hull Street Food Nights 2019.”
To keep up with the latest news on the variety of stalls and entertainment being served up throughout the summer visit www.hullbid.co.uk, www.facebook.com/hullstreetfoodnights and www.yumfoodfestival.co.uk
You can also follow the events on Twitter @HullBID and @YumFoodFest.
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