Thursday, July 22, 2010

Street Feast: The Event!

And so the planning was over! The mylunch supported Street Feast  was held last Sunday, with hundreds of local communities taking part in feasts the length and breath of the country! Mixed weather conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm, and a lovely day was had by all. Friends were made, fun was had, and importantly, the barriers which can sometimes be built up within communities were broken down, all through the premise of lunch! A vast array of cakes, quiches, salads,  BBQ meat, stew, rice, frittatas and desserts were on offer across the country as hundreds tucked into Sunday lunch with their neighbours.
Special lunch feasts were held in Dublin’s Merrion and Darthmouth Squares, throughout Dublin city and county, and as far afield as Donegal, Mayo and Dingle.  The not for profit event attracted a lot of attention, and Minister for the Environment John Gormley, who visited a number of the street festivals including Dartmouth Square, described the idea as “fantastic”.
As we have said in earlier blog posts, we here at  see communal eating, sharing banter and the social side of lunch as really important for building relationships, and this can be the case both in the community and in working life!  And why not get a bit of value with a voucher or special deal while doing so!
As Street Feast organiser Sam Bishop stated, the event gave people a good excuse to go and knock on their neighbour’s door and get to know them, and we here at mylunch hope to see it become a regular event in Ireland’s social calendar.  It’s also great to see Ireland getting back to what it does best, good wholesome food and craic with friends!

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