Ever met your neighbours? Street Feast is a chance to say hello over a casual picnic
When was the last time you had a chat with your neighbour?
It’s a digital world we live in, but for all the perks of a life online, we’re missing out on the important connections of community.
Dreamed up ten years ago to bring people together beyond the garden fence, Street Feast happens once again on Sunday, May 5th 2019 and everybody on every street is invited to take part.
The idea is simple: everyone brings a dish or some snacks for the table and meets on the street or the green, in a local carparks, laneway, park or community centre.
“Hosts can register for a free Street Feast pack including bunting, invitations, posters and guides.” says organiser Sam Bishop. “All they have to do is spread the word amongst a few neighbours and get everyone to bring along some food and drink for sharing.”
Last year more than 120,000 people celebrated Street Feast, with 107 Street Feasts hosted in Cork alone.
As well as fostering a community spirit and reducing isolation (fact: more than 400,000 people in Ireland suffer from loneliness), Street Feasters have built great connections, starting initiatives such as community gardens, residents associations and babysitting clubs.
This year’s event is partnered with NeighbourFood Cork, a service which allows people to order food from local farmers markets and producers and collect everything at a convenient location.
Collection points are: Tuesdays from the Old Apple Market in Barrack Street, Wednesdays from On the Pigs Back in Douglas and O’Mahony’s in Watergrasshill.
Registration for Street Feast is free and organisers can qualify for a grant from Cork County or City Council. Order your party pack here to host your own event or check out events already happening in your area here.
We’ll bring the nachos.