Our Table at Street Feast

We are very excited about this special feast taking place on Street Feast Day.

Our Table took place in Project Arts Centre during April 5th and 6th. The event consisted in a pop-up restaurant where people in Direct Provision devised a menu and cooked it each day.

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The initiative was started by Michelle Darmody, owner at the The Cake Café, and Fiona Corbett, a director of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, as a reaction to the fact that people who are living in Direct Provision centers are not allowed to cook their own food.

With Street Feast fast approaching, Michelle took this chance to organise an Our Table Street Feast for those in Direct Provision and this interested in meeting them, in order to open a discussion about this situation.

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In an interview with the Irish Times Michelle said:

“I’m someone who cooks a lot and food is an important part of my life. It resonated with me hugely, that people have no control over their diet, which also leads to your health and your children’s health.”

Malawian activist Ellie Kyesombe, who is currently living in a Direct Provision Centre, added :

“People are often scared to make conversation, but when you’re eating together it’s a chance to interact, to comment on the food and then the conversation goes from there.”

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Michelle continues:

“Just hearing human stories, and talking about memories for people, the same as any group of people would, talking about food that they miss or they’re nostalgic for. Then there’s the sadness of course, as the conversation gets deeper, that this gets taken away from people for indefinite amounts of time.”

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Our Table Street Feast will take place on June 12th at 12pm at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Anyone who wants to join the feast or contribute with food or help can sign up here .

More info here: OurTable Poster

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Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland on 11th June, hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be anywhere really - out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.

There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it's really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you.