Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pretend it's the East End 1945, Street Feast this Sunday

Street Feast is a day of local parties across Ireland this Sunday 18th of July, hosted by you and your neighbours. It's free; just bring along some food and a positive attitude. They can be anywhere — on your street, in a local park or in your front garden. It's really just an excuse to eat great food, celebrate local community and meet new people who live near you. There were two really successful ones in Dublin last year - The Sitric Picnic in Stonybatter and Block Party Ranelagh - simply about people wanting to get to know those who we live beside.

In my area - North Wicklow there are two currently organised in Greystones, one in Newcastle, one in Newtownmountkennedy and one planned for Delgany. None I know of in Enniskerry or Bray as yet, I'm off to a barbeque up the mountains that day which probably doesn't count. The idea of bunting and tables of garden veg, charcuterie, wine and olives on our little lane is having me hankering after a street feast of our own. It's a fantastic scheme as it's such a simple idea. It would be great to see it get popular support, after all it's just a giant excuse to party. Find info of street feasts in your local area on their website, download their simple plan for organising a street feast and there's also a forum for who in your area is currently setting them up.

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