Street Feast Calls on Neighbours to get Together on 23rd June
64% of people wouldn’t welcome a new neighbour to the area
Thursday 2nd May: Today launches the 3rd annual Street Feast at a rooftop lunch at Dublin’s Urban Farm. Street Feast, in partnership with Centra, are calling on people nationwide to come together at 12noon on Sunday, 23rd June to enjoy a bite to eat with their neighbours for a simple and fun way of reconnecting with those that live near them.
In years gone by, it was likely you knew all your neighbours, not just your next door neighbours. They were people you spoke to regularly, helped you when you needed support and likewise you lent a hand in times of need. Knowing your neighbours was a sign of healthier and happier communities.
Today that seems to have all changed. In a survey carried out by Centra to mark the launch of Street Feast 2013, less than half of those surveyed, just 47%, said they “knew their neighbours to say hello to but that was it”. Remarkably almost a quarter of people said they didn’t know their neighbours at all.
Back in 2010 Street Feast was started by a group of volunteers who were passionate about bringing people together through food, to rediscover neighbourliness as the launch pad for lasting improvements within communities. Almost 200 Street Feasts have been held across the country to date and this year Street Feast, with a lending hand from Centra, are planning to substantially increase the number of events held on Sunday 23rd June.
Organisers say there are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it’s really just a great excuse to eat good food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live in your neighbourhood. It can even be as simple as gathering a few neighbours for a picnic in the area.
From the results of this latest survey, it seems that we really do need to get out and show a bit of community spirit. When asked when the last time they had spoken to their neighbours - 30% said they hadn’t spoken to their neighbours in the past six months, with 8% saying they had never spoken to their neighbours at all. 64% of people said they wouldn’t bother to go and welcome a new neighbour into their neighbourhood, though almost the same percentage of people (62%) said that they would like to be welcomed if they moved into a new area. A staggering 72% of people said they have no involvement in their local residents association or Group. When it comes to what celebrity neighbours they would like to live beside, Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman are clearly the nations favourite claiming 34% of the poll – with Bono surprisingly one of the lesser chosen favourites at just 7%.
Hosting a Street feast couldn’t be easier. People can register their Street Feast online at www.streetfeast.ie, where you’ll receive a free party pack which will be posted direct to your home. This pack provides a handy guide to help make your feast a success, as well as posters, invitations, balloons, party hats and bunting to get the party started!
Co-founder & coordinator of Street Feast Samuel Bishop said, “We are thrilled to be bringing Street Feast back for its 3rd year and calling on communities nationwide to get involved on 23rd June. People can spend as little or as much as they like and hold one anywhere from their street, front garden, a field or even their balcony! Street Feast gives us an excuse to get out there, share food and conversation, and help build stronger relations within the local community.”
Speaking about the initiative, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, Centra commented, “Centra, with 460 stores nationwide, is at the heart of local communities throughout Ireland. We are the local retailer and are the hub of and meeting point in many communities across Ireland. This initiative is a great way for people to get involved and reconnect within their local neighbours and the community around them. Sparkling local connections is what Centra is all about and we are delighted to be a part of this initiative - getting together over something to eat is a great way to celebrate, strengthen community and make new friends.”
Clare Mulvany, a previous Street Feast host in Rialto said, “Hosting a Street Feast was such an easy way to make friends in my community. I now feel safer and happier here, knowing there are people I can call upon if I ever need to”.
Find out more and register to receive your free Street Feast party pack on www.streetfeast.ie or www.centra.ie. Street Feast is encouraging everyone to sit down with their neighbours at 12pm on 23rd June.
Samuel Bishop, Street Feast. 0862121492 E: email@example.com
Notes to Editor:
Brand Army fielded this online survey on behalf of Centra from 22 – 26 April 2013, in a nationally representative, nationwide survey among 500 respondents, of the employed adult population aged 18+. The gender breakdown for this survey was 247 females and 253 males.
Well perhaps there is - with community grants. Have you enquired whether funding is available for a Street Feast or another project in your county? County & City councils usually have an allocation of funding to distribute for community and environmental initiatives. These deadlines are fast approaching. For an example, here’s Kilkenny County Council’s funding info page - Their deadline is this coming Tuesday 30th April.
If you have links to other grants for communities, please post them below!
Samuel Bishop, co-founder and coordinator of Street Feast, will be giving a talk on the multitude of creative and inspiring social food initiatives that are taking off across the globe. He’ll also introduce Street Feast, and give a quick workshop on ‘How to host a Street Feast.’
“We started it because we wanted to see more life on the streets, find more friends closer to home, and kickstart a celebration of the community around us. There’s never been a better time to shine a light on the communities, networks and organisations that are holding everything together. Street Feast gives us an excuse to get out there, share food and conversation, and help build stronger neighbourhoods.”
Food is a great way to celebrate and strengthen community. Come along on Tuesday evening to hear more about Street Feast and how food can bring people together and change a community around.
How cute is this?! Here’s an invitation to a Street Feast Talent Show that Louise Williams in Harold’s Cross recieved in her letterbox from her 10 year old neighbour Lauran. It’s great to see the young people getting excited and planning their own feast!
The kids in Harold’s Cross Cottages in Dublin 8 are already planning their 3rd annual Street Feast for the 23rd June. We love their creativity. It leads us to wonder, what events are you planning for your Street Feast? Please let us know!
To mark the end of summer, and the close of the Hack the City exhibition, Street Feast and the Science Gallery are whipping up a Closing lunch time Feast on September 7th.
Join HACK THE CITY participants and members of Dublin City Council, Totally Dublin, Google, Science Gallery and more as we sit down for an open-air potluck lunch, complete with curated conversations and music from HACK THE CITY’s The Outdoor Miner; a unique wearable, midi controlled, mechanical musical instrument, sound system and light show.
This one-off opportunity to bring some life to our streets will take place in front of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Places are free, however, we ask that you book a place and that everyone brings along a dish to share with your fellow Feast-ers!
OF course, we’d love you to join us! It’s easy to sign up; please register on the Science Gallery’s event page.
It’s been over a month since Street Feast took to the streets across Ireland with music, tasty food and colourful bunting. It was a beautiful day of community celebration right across the country.
Over the last month we have loved hearing stories, tales and photos from the day come in to us.
The street feast team took a bit of a break afterwards, and are now back in action gathering some of the stories and plotting and planning for how we grow and develop the Street Feast idea.
As some of you may already know, we have an installation in the Science Gallery in Dublin, with an opportunity for café visitors to share their ideas for improving the community. If you are passing through, do pop along and add your thoughts to the gallery wall.
The closing date for the photo competition is this Friday 27th July. Please send your images or video to firstname.lastname@example.org (hint hint: the one which best captures the community spirit of the day will be the likely winner!)
The prize is a meal voucher for two from Clodagh’s Kitchen in Arnotts, Dublin. Yum!
Over the next few weeks and months we are also looking to share stories and learning from Street Feasts around the country, so if you were a Street Feast host, or attended one, and you have a tale to share, or a lesson to learn, do write us a few lines with a photo of your feast. Your story will be part of a blog-post about your individual Street Feast. Send your submission to email@example.com - thank you!
We also have some more news and announcements from Street Feast coming soon, so watch this space…
You came out in droves. With bunting and cake and stories and games and gazebos and yurts and tea and guitars and songs and chairs and cheese and so many good things. The sun even came out too…
We are still soaking it all in and gathering the images and tales from the day. If you have photos or video to share please send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org . We have a prize of a meal for two in Homemade by Clodagh’ for the best creative documentation of a Street Feast
A few images below from Reuben Street and Synge Street in Dublin. Photos by Street Feast team member Clare Mulvany.
Feasting on Fade Street kickstarted a weekend of Street Feasts
Dublin’s newly renovated street, Fade Street, opened on Saturday with a colourful Street Feast at an exciting all-day bicycle festival, ‘Yestival’.
Banquet tables replaced cars, as people thronged to share food and celebrate community under colourful bunting and surrounded by bikes. Food was brought to the table by guests in a pot-luck style feast and pizza & salads generously donated by a selection of Fade Street’s cafes and restaurants.
The Street Feast on Fade Street was the first of many over the weekend. Over 50 communities across Ireland sat down to share lunch with their neighbours on Sunday. Street Feast held it’s 3rd annual day on Sunday 17th June.
New initiatives such as Street Feast and Yestival aim to make streets more people-friendly. Samuel Bishop, co-founder of Street Feast explains “We’re encouraging communities to come together and redefine their streets, parks and public spaces. Street Feasts are really simple events that can inspire community action and change people’s relationship to their neighbours.”
Throughout the afternoon street feasters joined in the Yestival celebrations, including pedal- powered cinema, a slow bike race, a vintage bike exhibition, live music including a set from Luca Bloom.
“I wish every weekend was like this,” said passer-by Eimear McNally, “It makes Dublin come alive and bring people together in new ways.”
“We were delighted to bring Street Feast to Yestival”, said Peter O’Brien, who co-ordinated the bike festival, “Sharing food together is just a simple and effective way to connect people. Today not only did people have a great chance to dine together, they also were a part of this exciting celebration of cycling in the city. It is a real showcase of how we can make our cities healthier and happier places to live.”
The day will soon be here. We’ve been plotting and planning for months now hoping to spread the street feasting word.
This weekend there will be bunting galore, table spreads, chairs arranged, food shared and importantly neighbours chatting and connecting. Our hope is that strangers will become friends and new links sparked. It is such a simple thing- to share food, to chat, to connect, to commune.
There are lots of feasts happening across the country. To find one near to you, view the map on our website here.
If you are unable to make it to one in your local neighbourhood, some fun Street Feast happenings are also taking place in Dublin City Centre this weekend.
Tomorrow, 16th June, we’ll be dining at 1pm on Fade Street as part of the Yestival Bike Festival. Bring a dish to share and then stick around to check out all things bike and pedal power as a celebration of the best way to get around the city!
Then on Sunday 17th, it is the big day.
Le Cool Magazine will be hosting a big feast in Temple Bar square, as part of the national celebrations. If you are interested in joining them, just drop them an email and tell them what dish you will be bringing. You can find out more about the event here. And you can join their facebook event here.
There will be lost of neighborhood feasts happening across the country, with lots of fun treats in store. In Rialto, for instance, the kids from the local creche will be showcasing some of their art work on the community garden railings and some local musicians will be coming along to play. Meanwhile over in Harold’s Cross the kids will be performing their very own play, written especially for the occasion. Over the canal on Synge Street the Mr. Whippy Sound system will be banging out some juicy vibes and in Lucky Lane in Stoneybatter they’ll be bar-be-quing. The Sitric Picnic in Stoneybatter will also be in full swing. And that is just a small sample… there will lots more feasts in Dublin and also in Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Mayo and Wicklow.
So whatever the weather, we know there will be fun in store. We just wish we could clone ourselves and get to them all!
Huge shout out to all the Street Feast hosts across the country who are helping to make all this happen- you are all brilliant!
Happy Feasting Everyone!
From Clare, David, Samuel and Sarah- the Street Feast team
We are passionate about promoting the importance of healthy food in community and highlighting how positive local business can help build healthy communities. What better way to explore that further with a short post from Stephen Flynn of The Happy Pear, the natural food market in Greystones?
By Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear
Street Feast is a wonderful opportunity and initiative to reconnect communities and celebrate locally produced good food! It’s a brilliant idea and movement that is growing every year.
At the Happy Pear we firmly believe that to have a healthy national or global economy it all starts with having healthy local communities, where people feel connected and well nourished.
We always try to source any produce we can from local sources, we try to encourage other local enterprises and in the restaurant we always try to celebrate what’s in season by cooking with seasonal veggies.
Here is a recipe for our sun dried tomato pesto - very little of the ingredients are local but it does taste delicious! Best of luck with street feast!
Happy Pear sun dried tomato pesto recipe
Makes 3.5 tubs
100g of sun dried tomatoes (soak over night in water - drain before using)
50g of almonds (soak over night in water - drain before using)
€100 GoCar voucher for every registration of a Street Feast.
The wonderful team at GoCar want to support and encourage Street Feasts to take place around the country, and to play their part, they are giving away 4x€25 vouchers for their new car-sharing service. (Think ‘Dublin Bikes’ but for cars).
Enter the draw for a wonderful Irish Food Hamper
One of the best things about hosting a Street Feast is the connections that are created within your community. Holding a Street Feast is only the start of getting to know the people around us. We hope you’ll hold many more events in your neighbourhood over the summer and into the future.
To help inspire future gatherings, we’re giving away a hamper to one lucky Street Feast team. To be in the draw, you need to register your feast. We’ll pull one feast out of the hat on Sunday 17th June, and deliver the hamper to your door a few weeks later. You’ll have no choice but to invite the neighbours out again (or into the house) to share the spoils!
Click here to go straight to the registration page.
A meal with Clodagh McKenna - Grab your camera!
After the bunting from your Street Feast has been packed away for yet another year, why not have someone else cook a meal for you to share with a neighbour, friend or partner!
We’re looking for the best creative documentation of a Street Feast - it could be a selection of photos, a short video made on your smartphone or a painting done at the feast; The best submission will win a dinner for two in Clodagh’s Kitchen.
Dublin’s newest restaurant is the cherry on the ‘Arnott’s Department Store’ cake. Two people will be invited to dine on their Italian inspired menu. With celebrity chef and business woman Clodagh McKenna at its helm, the food will no doubt be exquisite!
Street Feast is coming to the Science Gallery for some tea and chats.
As part of the Science Gallery’s Hack the City programme, the Street Feast team will be collaborating on a number of events and exciting opportunities.
First off is a series of chats which we will be hosting this weekend and early next week, to which you are all invited.
The events will be designed to support hosts of street feasts to organise, share ideas, and connect with each other. They will take the form of a series of hosted conversations and we hope that each clinic will create time and space to think through the planning of a Street Feast and conjure new creative ideas for how to make them even better.
There will also be a chance to meet previous Street Feast hosts who will each be invited to share their own experience, stories, tips and hints.
We’ll also share a little of the background thinking behind street feast, and why we are doing what we do…
So bring along your questions, concerns, challenges, hopes, ideas, creativity and energy. We’ll bring ours too…
There will be tea too, of which we are big fans!
From the Street Feast team: Clare, David, Samuel & Sarah
Last year we launched Street Feast on Millennium Bridge, across the Liffey. On
the day, the architect of the bridge, Sean Harrington, popped by to see what we were up to. We stuck up a conversation and a few more since, on creative ideas for the use our of public space. Sean kindly sent on some words on that very topic today…
Public Space and Street Feast
As a citizen first and as an architect second, I’m really interested in what exactly is “public space”, what it is for and how does it work best.
So what is it?
Public space is all around us; it’s our streets, squares and parks. It’s even our roads. It’s open space that is owned by us, the citizens, and usually managed by the local authority, in the case of Dublin, Dublin City Council. It’s free to use, we cannot be thrown out of it, except perhaps into jail for breaking the law. We usually use it to get from A to B, and also to see and to be seen in. We can use it to celebrate and party in (like at New Year and St Patrick’s Day), protest and march in. Most importantly, its where we meet people, by accident or arrangement, and get to know our neighbours in a common, neutral location where we are all welcome, comfortable and don’t need permission to be in. We should feel safe there, and it should be clean, well-designed and we should look after and treasure it. It’s where we are citizens, where we participate in and contribute to our community and our society.
Why is it important?
Public Space should have an important role in helping to shape the kind of society we want to live in. I believe that one of the most important responsibilities of us all is to make life better and fairer, for all. In short, by making a better society. This can be by making artistic, social or practical contributions, or the promotion of fairness and opportunity for all. Perhaps primarily, the physical and mental well being of us all is dependent on our full participation in society, on having access to power and the opportunity to help shape decision-making.
For social cohesion and a healthy society, we must all be heard, and valued. We must feel part of the community. Public space, urban civic virtue and citizenship are inextricably linked. The public domain of our towns and cities is both a physical barometer of, and canvas for participation and belonging. Public space should feel like it belongs to all, and not oppressively controlled (even in a passive manner) by vested interests like governments or their agents acting on behalf of the “majority” or the status quo, powerful lobby groups such as private car users or even the insurance industry.
The current austerity crisis has been brought about by the failure of the political and financial elites, to whom we had handed over decision-making in the form of parliamentary democracy and global capitalism. All over the world, new forms of more direct democracy, participation and public expression are developing, often facilitated by social media, and physically focusing on public space as a forum for the expression of ideas. This can happen in Ireland too.
Does it belong to us?
Compared to many other countries, in Ireland we have a poorly developed sense of the communal, and democracy in its widest sense, and by extension, an undeveloped attitude to public space. We frequently consider it to belong to an outside authority, (perhaps an outdated hangover from our occupied past) rather than it being ours to use, cherish and value. To a certain extent we allow others to control and regulate both it and us, through poor design and management that excludes the already marginalised including teenagers, the homeless and the disabled. Fear of insurance claims also inhibits many activities. We also have to cope with a wet and unpredictable climate, which can make using or feeling comfortable in outdoor spaces difficult, compared to our Mediterranean neighbours. Historically, this has sometimes forced public activities indoors into privately owned and controlled public houses, excluding the young and associating social togetherness exclusively with alcohol. This has got to change. There must be active ownership of outdoor public space. The Irish weather can also be dealt with, as we have just done with the giant umbrellas in Temple Bar, or in Turin, where most of the pavements in the city centre are covered by stone arcades.
What makes public space work well?
For over 30 years I have studied and observed what makes a public space work and how people have adapted ‘public space’ for their own and community benefits, both in Dublin and further a field. Of course there are design issues, but central to all success is to engender the feeling that the space really does belong to us all. To democratise it.
So how can we change our attitudes? Well, by just reclaiming it as ours! By actually doing things in it we can change our mind set. By focusing on activities in it, or by “centering”.
Probably the best, most popular and most accessible focus is food, or having a “street feast”. Sitting down, enjoying the fare, the chat, the craic, being there for a reason, after a while loosing the feeling of conspicuousness, then moving on to a feeling of being comfortable in the street, then feeling a sense of pride, of belonging, of ownership – reclaiming what was already yours- reclaiming the street.
A long outdoor table covered in a tablecloth and decorations, with great food and drink, surrounded by your neighbours and friends might not seem revolutionary, but it is. Bring on the Street-Feast!
We had such a lovely time at Bloom in the Phoenix Park. We had literally hundreds of conversations about street feasting, community building, bunting, food and fun. We are hoping that it all leads to lots more Street Feasts on June 17th.
Huge thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who lent a helping hand over the weekend. Thanks to the sunshine too, who made a very welcome visit yesterday…
Street Feast is heading off to Bloom in the Phoenix Park this weekend. If you are heading there too, do come and say hello. We are delighted to have a chance to set up a space in the GIY section. Watch out for some festive bunting, a cheery table and some of our friendly volunteers. We’ll be happy to have a chat with you about kicking off a Street Feast in your neighbourhood on June 17th and eager to meet lots more potential Street Feast hosts!
We’ll be Blooming from Friday to Sunday. If you are popping along to the park on Monday however, why not join in GIY’s world record attempt for the most seedlings planted simultaneously in the shortest time. The record stands at 904.. can you make it 1000 or more?
A round up of some of the other Bloom happenings can be found on the GIY site here
And if you can’t pop along to Bloom, have a great Bank Holiday weekend, wherever you are…
Darina Allen, Ireland’s most famous cook, has been at the helm of Slow Food Ireland since they first joined the movement 20 years ago. The Slow Food message is to merge pleasure and responsibility at the table. Darina has also been a long time champion of local and organic food, she runs the acclaimed Ballymaloe cooking school which draws visitors from across the globe to experience a slice of the ‘Good Life’, which includes cooking, eating and harvesting the fruit of the land.
Darina shared a few words with us, with a local twist…
'Street Feast is another great activity for Slow Foodies to spread the message of good, clean and fair Irish food. Quality food is for everyone; make a dish to share with your neighbours. Cooking is great fun. For Street Feast, why not shop local? Get your meat from the local butcher; ask him what he would recommend. Get your vegetables in the market, find what is freshest and in season. Find a baker for your bread. Buy the best ingredients that you can afford. Lets get the Slow Food message into our communities and out of our restaurants.' Darina Allen, Slow Food Ireland
So, let’s get local this year and use Street Feast as another great chance to meet local producers and suppliers in your neighbourhood
We hope that you too will join us on June 17th!
Spread the word! Share the idea with neighbours, friends and family.
Street Feast is about the people; we are a movement rather than solely an event. It’s about helping people realise how rewarding & fun it is to work with others.
As an old African saying goes ‘if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go with a group’.
Street Feast wants to go far. To make our national day the biggest ever, we need people to host the parties, so who better to endorse our message than the phenomenally successful GIY, Grow It Yourself with over 12,000 members across Ireland.
Here is what their founder, Mick Kelly, has to say…
"Food always has the power to unite us, but Street Feast takes that to another level – it brings people together to break bread, smashes down the walls that separate us and turns the preparation and consumption of food into moments of sheer joy. We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s Street Feast and encourage our GIY groups to join in the fun – Grow it. Cook it. Eat it Together!"
Growing food, cooking food and best of all eating food … yummy …the future of the planet lies with those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty!
We hope that you too will join us on June 17th!
Spread the word! Share the idea with neighbours, friends and family.
The children in one area of Harold’s Cross are uber-excited about Street Feast and are determined to transform their local ‘ring’. Louise Williams, the host of last year’s Street Feast(s) explains more…
I think the people who benefitted the most from our 2011 Street Feast are the local kids. They put lots into it, bringing home-baked cakes and getting games going on the little green area where we hold our neighbourhood’s Street Feast.
The kids call it the ‘ring’, it’s got a low metal boundary around it, I think that’s how it got its name. There’s some grass there and a statute of Mary where every now and then neighbours gather to say the rosary. But apart from the kids playing and the occasional prayer, the ring doesn’t get much use by the whole neighbourhood.
Until our party last year. It went great. We put up bunting, we got tables from a local community centre, lots of people came, some brought homemade food, a few bought salads and sweets, some Muslim neighbours came loaded down with rissoles to share, despite the fact it was Ramadan- the Muslim fasting period which meant they couldn’t eat. One neighbour brought hoola hoops which went down brilliantly with lots of kids competing to turn the greatest number of loops with the rings around their waists, necks and ankles.
It was great and for me, it all went by in a bit of a blur with some rain at the end, but what do you expect?
I think because the ring is where the local kids usually play, they get really excited about Streetfeast. I got to know them better, they got to know each other better and it all led up to their brilliant idea to hold a ‘Scaryfeast’ at Halloween.
For Scaryfeast we decided to have some games at the ring after they had gone around the houses to do trick or treat and stock up on sweets.
We had dunking for apples to start with - it took forever as no-one wanted to stop dunking their head into water, even after all the apples had been grabbed from the bowl of water. Then for the scary story, my favourite part: I told a story about a long-dead neighbour who haunted our neighbourhood on Halloween, passing around bits of food to make them shriek with fear (pretend and real), as, for example, I described how we found the dead man’s wizened ears as they passed dried apricots from hand to hand. Peeled grapes for his eyes went down well although they were quick to spot the damp sponge for what it was, not his brain, as I had claimed. It was a hoot.
‘Workshops, we want workshops,’ was how they decided to contribute to this year’s Streetfeast. They may be 8 and 9 years old, but they’re super organised: they have scripts printed out, a lot of energy going into what they confidently refer to as improv, and the original idea for a workshop is evolving into a short play which they might even get filmed. Rehearsals have been held in the shade of one of the trees on the ring in the weeks leading up to Street Feast.
We’re hoping for good weather this year and looking forward to lots of home-made food before the kids create a stage for high drama at the ring.
The lovely Michelle Darmody is the owner of the equally delightful Cake Cafe, just off Camden Street in Dublin. She is also a fan of Street Feast. Today she shares a few thoughts on how food can help to bring people together as a community. She also shares a yummie recipe for a simple sponge cake- a perfect thing to share with neighbours on June 17th. Thanks Michelle.
I love to eat almost more than doing anything else in my life. I love to explore new tastes, to find the strangest cheeses, the sweetest dates, the beautifully paired ingredients that make each other sing. Every new country I visit throws up more new and exciting taste possibilities. Morocco with its deep, burnt, full, aromatic cooking, Thailand with its light and fresh seasoning and gently cooked fish.The list could go on for ever and it does.
I once read about a girl who said she remembered events in her life by the dresses she wore, well i remember events in my life by the meals that I ate. I remember the first olive I tasted in the English Market in Cork. I remember not particularly liking it but thinking it was so sophisticated to be eating olives that I made myself like it. I remember sitting on a cliff top in India with fish being pulled straight from the tandoor oven red and hot and spicy being washed down with a cold bottle of Kingfisher beer, I remember the brown soda bread my father used to make early in the morning, the heavenly smells filling the house as we tore ourselves from our wintery beds. I remember chipper chips after the school disco when you had drunk a little too much and wanted to mask the smells before facing home.
Eating to me is an act to be shared, to be enjoyed with friends and family, neighbours and colleagues. Streetfeast helps you do all of these things. It brings food out in the open, to be celebrated, to be enjoyed, to be shouted about. Food is the very foundation of our bodies, it becomes us and to me it should be the most important part of our day.
Simple Squishy Sponge Cake
Caster sugar | 150g | 5oz
Eggs | 5
Self raising flour | 150g | 5oz
Cream, whipped | 250ml | 8.5floz
Jam | 100 mls | 3.5 fl oz
Heat your oven 180 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit or Gas mark 4.
Mix your eggs and sugar for ages with the balloon attachment until really light and fluffy.
Sieve in the flour and then fold so the mixture does not lose its volume.
Pour into a greased and lined tin and bake for about 20 minutes until it has risen and is nice and golden.
Do not open the oven door during the first half of the baking time.
ALL WELCOME! Come join us and surprise Dublin with a flash mob banquet in Dublin City Centre! [check out our event on facebook]
Street Feast is aiming for the skies to make this year’s Annual Street Feast bigger and better. Street Feast now in its third year will launch its nationwide campaign of bringing communities together with a Flash Mob Banquet on Thursday 3rd May at 1pm.
We’d love you to join us as we enjoy a free, delicious and colourful lunchtime feast at a surprise location in Dublin city centre. We’re hoping that one hundred guests and lucky passers-by will help transform a well known Dublin street into an outdoor banquet, complete with all the trimmings for a fresh-air, summer dining experience.
The exact location will be revealed via text, twitter & Facebook an hour before the feast (@streetfeast | #streetfeast | #flashbanquet).
As it’s a potluck affair, please place a simple label on or beside your food (for example; contains meat/dairy/wheat, suitable for vegetarians, vegan, gluten free, dairy free)
The days are lengthening. The sun has been teasing us. The blossom is in full bloom. We’ve already smelt cut grass… yes, summer is indeed on its way.
Which for us means, Street Feast time! And we are back, with ideas, energy, enthusiasm and a huge desire to bring Street Feast to as many communities around Ireland as possible.
Our big day this year is June 17th.
We picked a day when most people are not in work or school. The day will be long. The summer will be ahead. It also happens to be Father’s Day. In all we think it is a perfect time of year to come out and say hello to neighbours.
We are gearing up for a series of great events to help spread the Street Feast word. Our blog here will be used to share some of the stories, the challenges, the hopes and the ideas behind what we do.
We hope you’ll join us and tell others too!
Here’s how you can help:
Spread the word! Share the idea with neighbours, friends and family. You can tweet or share on facebook.
Last Sunday thousands of people took to the streets for their own Street Feast.
There were Street Feast all across the country and the photo and video that is coming in makes us smile, very broadly.
Now we want to keep the momentum going.
So this weekend we are packing our bags and heading to Electric Picnic. We have teamed with with some other lovely folk from Cultivate, The Ireland Iceland Project, Transition Towns and Cully and Sully to bring you different kind of picnic down on the Global Green- a feast of ideas, on picnic blankets where we will chatting about some recipes for change in Ireland.
Global Green’s Peoples Picnic Feast on all that’s good- sharing bright ideas, yummy food and soft picnic blankets.
We’ re at the picnic so we thought let’s have a picnic with people we love - Street Feast, Ireland:Iceland,Transition Towns, Cultivate.ie and Cully and Sully and all those who choose to join us.
The Peoples Picnic is an innovative mash up of World Caféhttp://www.worldcafe.com/ and Street Feast http://streetfeast.ie/ ) We plan to have lightly facilitated conversations about good stuff that’s happening and about even more possibilities!
There will be some delicious food provided by our friends Cully and Sully but its not loaves an fishes so please bring food to share, find an edge of a picnic blanket and prepare to participate in great conversation.
Forget the doom, the cold summer and come along to Global Green for the very first Peoples Picnic.
Tomorrow our big Street Feast day will finally be here.
The bunting is already going up, cakes are being baked, and parties are being plotted right across the country.
As word gets back to us about preparations, we can only but smile.
We’ve heard of all sorts of acts of generosity, resourcefulness and creativity from villages to cities all over Ireland: businesses offering food; kids cooking up some buns; community centres lending tables and chairs; musicians tuning their strings; street performers getting their show ready; councils helping to close off streets; and neighbours offering to lend very helping hands. It is a reminder of the abundance of generosity and goodwill that there when we reach out and tap into it.
In so many ways, we hope that tomorrow is just the beginning of things. We hope new connections and friendship will be forged, acquaintances rekindled and the magic the can make communities great gets stirred up again.
So, as final preparations are taking place we want to say good luck to all the hosts and organisers around the county. We hope you have a super day and we can’t wait to hear how it goes.
We’d also love to see photos, video or audio recordings that you may take and we’d really appreciate a copy so that we can promote Street Feast next year and kickstart even more parties. You can send images to: email@example.com
For those you on twitter, our hashtag is: #streetfeast – we’d love a little tweet out during your feast.
So tonight we go to sleep with fingers and toes crossed that the sun will be on our side too. Cross yours too!
Have a happy feast!
From Clare, Samuel and Peter- the Street Feast Team.
Last week we met up with Sean Harrington, architect of the Millennium Bridge. Here he shares a little of our surprise first encounter and goes on to speak about the role of public space in helping to shape and celebrate community. Thanks Sean!
As more Street Feast registrations come in, we popped down to meet Louise Williams who is helping to organise a Street Feast in Harold’s Cross.
Undaunted by unpredictable weather prospects, watch as Louise shows us the location of the feast and tells us a little of the process to get the party started. She’s excited. So are we!
We’d love to hear how other Street Feast preparations are taking place. If you are hosting a feast in your neighbourhood, how about recording a short video like this one on your phone, uploading to youtube, and sharing the link with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
With a week and a half to go there is still lots of time to get neighbours on board and register a feast in your area on www.streetfeast.ie
Street Feast plans are shaping up all around the country. So far there are feasts registered in Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Mayo, Galway and Wicklow, and there is lots of chatter and banter about more gearing up too.
There are a few taking place in Dublin 8. Below one of the organisers, Clare Mulvany, (who is also involved in the national campaign) talks about how she and her neighbours are organising one on the street where she lives:
We’d LOVE to hear of how other street feast preparations are taking place.
There is still lots of time to plan and prepare and we’d like to show how simple it is when neighbours get together to do it as a team.
So we are inviting you to record a short video (1-2 mins) and share your own story. Show us where the feast is taking place, and maybe a funny tale or two.
The recording can be simple too. This one above was recorded with an iPhone, but any smart phone or camera could do the trick. Then upload it to youtube and send the link to email@example.com
We can then help to spread the word too and hopefully inspire more feasts to happen all across the country.
The word is spreading about Street Feast and registrations are coming in, which we are delighted about.
Sam was on Newstalk the other day and you can listen to his interview with Sile Seoige here in which he explains a little more about the why and how of Street Feast.
We know there are lots of people thinking about hosting a feast but who may not have registered it yet. We’d love it if you would! It helps us put people in touch with you who may be able to support. You can register you feast here.
With just two weeks to go until 28th, there is still lots of time to organise a feast in your neighbourhood. Remember, it can be as big or small as you want. So this weekend, how about knocking on some neighbours doors and see if they would be interested in helping you out. Then tell you how you get on, we’d love to hear…
To help spread the word and inspire people to hold Street Feasts in their local area, we’ve printed out hundreds of A3 posters to be put up in libraries, cafes and all sorts of places across Ireland.
We still have a bunch of posters sitting in Cork, Galway and Limerick waiting to be put up by willing helpers. Anybody out there fancy volunteering to put up 10 posters in their city centre? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We think it is safe to say that our Flash Feast across the Liffey was a wonderfully colourful success.
At 12pm the exact location details were announced. At 12.45, with a team of ready volunteers assembled, the bunting went up on Millennium Bridge, trestle tables laid, chairs accumulated and a scrumptious spread for laid out. Over 70 people dined. There was chatter and banter. There was music. There was healthy curiosity and inquisitive stares. There were new connections and friendships forged. The sun even decided to make a welcome appearance too.
In all, we think it was a suitably special way to launch the 2011 Street Feast campaign which encourages people to host their own feasts in their neighbourhoods on the 28th August.
A HUGE thanks must go too all the people who helped to make the event happen. We were bowled over by the generosity of their time, food, space and resources. In particular, special thanks must be made to the cafes and restaurants in the area whose generosity was outstanding.
So thank you: Foam Café, Milanos, Lemon Jelly, Enoteca Della Langhe, Bar Italia and Queen of Tarts- your pizzas, salads, pastas and pancakes went down a treat.
Thanks also to the amazing team of volunteers who came along to lend a hand- you were all brilliant.
We had some nice coverage in The Irish Times too, which you can read here, and the Irish Independent which you can read here- thank you!
Thanks also to the radio and news stations who are helping to spread the word on air.
So the countdown is now on for the big day on 28th. Street Feast registrations are coming in and we are so excited to track as more and more people decide to host feasts in their own local neighbourhoods.
We’ll keep you posted…
And remember: you can download your own DIY pack here which includes printable fliers and posters to help you spread the word!
We just went live with our 2011 Street Feast Video! Please help to spread the word to get more parties happening all across Ireland on 28th August.
We’ll also be rolling our a Flash Feast tomorrow in Dublin City Centre at 1pm. If you are in the city, do come along for some tasty treats and some banter. Exact location details will be announced via facebook and twitter (@streetfeast). We look forward to meeting you there!
The sun is out. Summer is finally here. We think it’s time for some feasting!
To officially kickstart 2011 Streetfeast we’ll be hosting a flash feast this coming Wednesday, 3rd August, 1pm at a secret Dublin city centre location.
We’ll be announcing the venue on the day via twitter, facebook & our blog (we like to keep a bit of suspense in the air!). So keep an eye our for our tweets and updates, and then do pop along for some lovely lunch and a natter.
We’d love to see you there….
You can follow #flashfeast on twitter for the latest updates
The year has rolled around again and it’s about time for another bash!
Last year’s Street Feast was a treat, so this year we want to do it all again, and better.
We’ve set the date: August 28th 2011 - just before children go back to school and a perfect time for harvesting the summer fruits.
We’d love it you would join us and help to make sure Street Feast becomes a great national annual celebration.
It has been a challenging year for lots of people, but we also think there’s much to celebrate: the people around us; great local food; the stories that make up our neighbourhoods. And we think that by gathering to celebrate we help to strengthen our communities and help to make them even better.
Our website is still up and running - where you can download a DIY pack, complete with posters, fliers, invites and great ideas for your feast. We ask that you register your feast on the site and help us to spread the word!
We already have registrations coming in, and we’re excited to see that it’s shaping up to be another great day. We’ll keep you posted on developments along the way…