Street Feast, taking place across the country on 12th June, is a day of local lunches hosted by you and your neighbours.
Street Feast was started back in 2010 by Andy Thompson, Jerrieann Sullivan, Joanne Doherty, Zand Craig, and Samuel Bishop, who all had a shared passion for community. And what better way to bring community together than through food?
And so from their initial conversations, the idea of Street Feast came to fruition, and it has gone from strength to strength over the years. The 2016 edition of the event takes place on Sunday, 12th June, in a neighbourhood near you! But, they can be anywhere really — out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.
There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, according to the organisers, including:-
Celebrating our streets, cul-de-sacs, neighbourhoods, and local communities.
Supporting and shining a light on the communities, networks and organisations that are holding everything together.
Having fun and a laugh. Stopping for a moment, opening up and giving up your shyness for a day. It’s so much better with others…
Encouraging more life on the streets, feeling safer and reducing loneliness and isolation.
Sharing great local food, home-grown produce, cracking stories, bad jokes, practical skills, useful tools, different customs, common ground…
Showing what can be achieved when a small group of neighbours come together and try something special.
This year, Street Feast is being run in partnership with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Team, Facebook, the Local Authorities and many other great organisations.
If you want to host a Street Feast, you may do so through ChangeX.org, an Irish organisation that provides a great platform to register and plan your feast. If you would prefer to just attend one, there is a list of them also available on ChangeX.
All images courtesy Street Feast