Street Feast are delighted to confirm that over 1200 Street Feasts so far, are registered to take place around the country, with 17 taking place in County Kerry so far, including areas such as Tralee, Killarney, Milltown and Kenmare.
Registrations are OPEN for the 9th annual Street Feast taking place on Sunday, 10th June 2018. Street Feast is an Irish initiative that facilitates social inclusion and community building through the simple act of sharing a meal with neighbours. The aim is to strengthen our communities, making them more resilient, safer, healthier and happy places to live. Street Feast calls on people nationwide to come together at 12 noon on Sunday, 10th June, in an act of community and friendship.
Founded in 2010, Street Feast was conceived by a small group of volunteers, passionate about bringing people together through food and rediscovering neighbourliness as the launch pad for lasting improvements within communities. Since then, Street Feast has grown year on year with over 130,000 people taking part across the country in 2017. The initiative urges individuals and groups to host a lunch on their street, in their local park, front gardens or driveway – inviting neighbours to join in.
It is one of the only events in the country where money is not exchanged, the idea being similar to a pot-luck where everyone contributes something, whether it be a plate of food, chairs, decorations or a tune.
Street Feast will support these individuals and community groups to host their respective celebrations, which are held simultaneously in neighbourhoods right across Ireland.
Those wanting to take part should register at www.streetfeast.ie and will receive a free Street Feast Pack in the mail. The pack includes a DIY Street Feast guide, posters, invitations, and bunting. The website offers inspiration and guidance on how to organise a feast, removing any obstacles to getting started.
Speaking recently , Sam Bishop, one of the founders of Street Feast said:
Street Feast brings neighbours together through the universal language of food and is the conversation starter to more community-lead projects and ideas. We’ve seen wonderful projects start out of Street Feasts; MensSheds, Grow It Yourself (GIY groups), festivals, babysitting clubs, community gardens, resident associations and support groups have all grown out of Street Feast celebrations. The result is more active, inclusive, healthier communities that are environmentally sustainable and socially cohesive.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although we lived in the neighbourhood for a number of years, this was our first time meeting many of the neighbours.”
Orlaith Brennan attended one of her neighbours Street Feast’s last year in Carrigadav, Castlegregory. Looking back today she said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although we lived in the neighbourhood for a number of years, this was our first time meeting many of the neighbours.”
To register for Street Feast visit www.streetfeast.ie
Photo credit: Domnick Walsh