HullBID is planning a summer series of food and entertainment events starting on Thursday 4th April with a return to Trinity Square – scene of the very first Hull Street Food Night which was so successful it prompted a rethink.
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.”
Dignitaries, street food stallholders and representatives of city centre businesses attended the launch hosted by The Lexington, the highest rooftop bar in the city which sits at the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ferensway and 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.
More than 30 vendors will set up around Trinity 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 which have graduated from Hull Street Food Nights. Hull Minster will also be open to provide seating and shelter for visitors.
A programme of entertainment 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. There will also be a branded rickshaw to ferry people between the transport interchange and Trinity Square.
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.
“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.”
All the Hull Street Food Nights will take place from 4pm until 9pm and the Yum! Festival is from 11am until 7pm.