80 Days of Eat Love Picnic in the courtyard of Hotel d’Hane Steenhuyse12 Jun 2017
Ghent has a new pop-up bar this summer! Eat Love Picnic will be taking over the courtyard garden of Hotel d’Hane Steenhuyse in Veldstraat from 29th June to 17th September. The courtyard will be transformed into a cosy picnic garden with low tables and blankets during the photography festival 80 Days of Summer.
Since April, the City of Ghent had been looking for someone to run a pop-up bar in the courtyard of Hotel d'Hane-Steenhuyse, the eighteenth century city palace in Veldstraat. Even for people born and bred in Ghent, the palace is an undiscovered gem. So it is high time to attract extra interest in the site.
Temporary pop-up to put a beautiful building on the map
Eat Love Picnic is an offshoot of the Ghent catering companies Eat Love Pizza and Eat Love Lasagne. The City of Ghent chose this concept because it promises to result in an enchanting meeting place. With its stylish picnic furniture in 100% recyclable materials and a sustainable concept, Eat Love Picnic aims to give visitors the chance to discover a unique spot in the very heart of Ghent.
“Historische Huizen Gent (the organisation that manages seven of Ghent’s most prominent monuments) has been dreaming for a long time of opening up this magnificent stately home on a permanent basis. It has been considering the possibilities of accommodating a coffee house with a cultural twist in this building for some time, for example. This temporary pop-up will allow us to demonstrate the potential of this oasis in the heart of the city to a broad cross-section of the public.”
— Annelies Storms, Alderwoman for Culture, Tourism and Events
The second edition of the photography festival 80 Days of Summer, which runs from 30th June until 17th September 2017, is the perfect moment to highlight the historic magnificence of this site. An exciting photography exhibition by Historische Huizen Gent in the hidden cellars of this historic building will be open six days a week. The beautifully restored interior on the ground floor will also be open to visitors.
As a cosy garden for picnics, Eat Love Picnic will create a quiet spot in the busy shopping street and the ideal starting place for exploring the building and photography exhibition as well as meeting other visitors.