Known for winning the first ever Eurovision song contest, and then drafting in Celine Dion to take them to a second victory, Switzerland’s entries tend to be pretty hit and miss. This year’s song, Watergun by Remo Forrer, seems to be a response to the Ukraine war, which is an interesting choice given they’re competing with actual Ukrainians, but there we have it. Maybe stick with the tartiflette next time, Switzerland…
Where to watch Eurovision if you don’t have a party to go to
If you’re not in the mood to cook, there are plenty of bars and restaurants offering Eurovision screening parties with themed dishes and cocktails. Here are a few of our favourites…
Eurovision Screening at Jubilee Square, Brighton
Eurovision 2023 will be shown on a big screen at Jubilee Square in collaboration with the Great Escape, Brighton’s annual new music festival. The area will host a variety of food and drink stalls, plus you can bring your own picnic inspired by some of the recipes above. Free entry.
Eurovision Disco Brunch at Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester
From 11am until 4pm, Manchester’s best-loved brunch spot is hosting a DJ playing all the biggest Eurovision hits from over the years. Bottomless drinks, chicken wings, shakshuka and more are on offer. Plus there’s a watch-party at 8pm as the show starts with sharing platters of nduja sausage, salami, and burrata, as well as bar snacks like truffle mac and cheese and fries. £40pp, book via OpenTable.
Boxpark’s Eurovision Party, Croydon, London
Sponsored by Absolut, Boxpark’s huge watch-party offers exclusive cocktails for all ticket holders, plus you can get tokens for the unique food and drink offers at the venue. Try Amo La Pasta, Dough Bakehouse, and Smoky Boys for some brilliant European street food. Tickets from £10
The Big Boom Bang A Bang Eurovision Party, Edinburgh
Though they missed out on hosting this year’s contest, Edinburgh is throwing a big viewing party at the Grassmarket Community Centre featuring complimentary bucks fizz (fittingly) on entry and European-inspired snack platters. From £16.96
Eurovision Fanzone, Millennium Square, Leeds
Opening at 4pm on Saturday May 13, the official Eurovision fan zone in Leeds will feature European food trucks and a licensed bar so you can dance the night away with fellow Eurovision obsessives. Tickets free but must be booked in advance.
Eat Drink Ukraine by Olia Hercules at the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool
Even if you didn’t get arena tickets, there’s plenty of Eurovision fun to be had in Liverpool. From May 1-13, visitors to the Royal Albert Dock can visit Maray, Madre and Lunyalita to enjoy syrnk – a Ukrainian cheesecake topped with caramelised apples based on a recipe by Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules. Visitors to the One O’Clock Gun, Revolucion de Cuba, Tate Liverpool Café, The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe, Madre and Lunyalita can savour a Ukrainian kompot spritz – a fruity cocktail blending berries, rhubarb and sour cherries with Ukrainian vodka, prosecco and soda water. Also check out Gino D’Acampo’s European afternoon tea at INNside and Eurovision cocktails at Mamasan, Liverpool. Priced individually.
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