Monday 14 October 2019

Get ready for Fingal Street Feast

Around Fingal

Registrations for the hugely popular Street Feast Day opened last week, with this year's number of Fingal Street Feasts hoped to rival last year's figure.

The event offers a great opportunity for Fingal residents to get together with their neighbours to share food and enjoy some conversation and camaraderie.

This year's Street Feast takes place on Sunday May 5, with a target of 105 Fingal Feasts for this year's event.

Fingal hosted 98 Street Feasts in 2018, and organisers are calling on residents to increase this number even further.

This year marks the 10th birthday of one of the most successful community initiatives in Ireland, with over 120,000 people celebrating Street Feast last year.

1,344 feasts were organised nationwide in 2018 and organisers are aiming for at least 1500 feasts this year.

Registration for Street Feast is free, and organisers can qualify for a grant from their local County Council.

Street Feast co-founder Sam Bishop said: 'Street Feast is about building community and tackling isolation. It doesn't matter if you live in an apartment or house, all you need is an outdoor space to bring people together.

'We have had feasts organised in front gardens, on streets and greens, in car parks, laneways, local parks and community centres. We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of Street Feast this year and think it will be bigger than ever, especially as it is now part of the great new National Community Weekend initiative.'

Street Feast 2019 takes place as part of the inaugural National Community Weekend hosted by the Department of Rural & Community Development.

This year Street Feast is once again teaming up with Oireachtas na Gaeilge, and with support from Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge, hopes to have at least 30 Féasta Sráide on May 5.

The event has proved hugely successful, with neighbours meeting each other for the first time, making great connections and starting initiatives such as community gardens, residents associations and babysitting clubs.

Get ready for your Street Feast.

Fingal Independent