Food for Real: WINTER celebrating food, art and togetherness

In WINTER, the last of four seasonal focuses this year, we embrace spending good times together and gathering light for the darker months. At this winter solstice time when the days are short and the nights are long, Food for Real: WINTER brings some very special guests and activities to inspire and promote greater wellbeing and encourage reflection and relaxation as an antidote to a very busy time of year! 

All events take place at SQUASH, 112 – 114 Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 8EQ


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Winter Feast and ‘in conversation’ with Andi Oliver

Thursday 13th December 6pm


We are delighted to welcome chef, restaurateur, and all-round inspiring woman Andi Oliver to Squash for a special feast and ‘in conversation’ about her fantastic food journey!


Andi will be sharing recipes as part of a communal cook-up with Squash volunteers and our Women’s Food Biz course participants, ready for you to enjoy during an evening of conversation, music and great food!


Andi can be heard as a regular panel member alongside Jay Rayner, Angela Hartnett, and Henry Dimbleby on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, as well as wowing audiences as the newest judge on the 12th series of Great British Menu. This year she has also opened new restaurant, ‘Andi’s’ in London which celebrates real Caribbean home cooking.

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‘Real Time’

Spoken Word Night featuring Lowkey and special guests

Wednesday 19th December 7pm

Join us for a very special spoken word and music night featuring bold and insightful British-Iraqi rapper and activist, Lowkey, whose tribute song ‘Ghosts of Grenfell’ led to him being hailed as Grenfell Tower’s Poet Laureate by MP Emma Dent. ‘Real Time’ has been devised and curated by the ‘Food for Real Timers’ Amina Atiq and Kadisha Kayani – two members of a group of women who were active observers of this year’s four seasonal Food for Real festivals. We also welcome special guest; wondrous singer Dorcas Seb, plus an open mic set (email to book your spot). 

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Winter Solstice Eve with National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay

Thursday 20th December 7pm

On the eve of the Winter Solstice, we are honoured to be joined by the celebrated poet Jackie Kay; the Scots Makar (National Poet for Scotland) for an evening of poetry, reflection, and ritual.


Gathering light on the shortest days of the year, we welcome Jackie’s unique, courageous voice. Her respect for themes historic and perennial is her commitment that poetry can communicate and help us face the facts of the day.


“A towering literary figure unafraid to address issues such as race, gender and sexuality head on, but with affection for the human condition.” (Guardian)


Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland.  Her first book of poetry, THE ADOPTION PAPERS (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. FIERE was shortlisted for the COSTA award and her novel TRUMPET won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. RED DUST ROAD (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the LONDON BOOK AWARD, and was shortlisted for the JR ACKERLEY prize. Her third collection of short stories, REALITY, REALITY, was praised by The Guardian as ‘rank[ing] among the best of the genre’. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories WISH I WAS HERE won the Decibel British Book Award. Her most recent poetry collection, BANTAM, was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.


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Also part of Food for Real: WINTER:


Winter Solstice wellbeing day

Friday 21st December 10-4pm Drop-in

On the shortest day of the year check into Squash for a relaxing, chilled-out antidote to the festive seasons stresses with arts, music and creative well-being activities to enjoy!  Join us for an open fire, roasted chestnuts, pomander making, live music, massage, good food and conversation.  Find your seasonal balance at this heart-warming midwinter gathering. 

Christmas Day Opening!

Tuesday 25th December 10-4pm Drop-in

Pop in anytime during the day for hot drinks, minced pies and merriment plus tasty Scouse from midday! All welcome!