What if it rains?

The last couple of weeks have been amazing. We’ve been blessed with endless sunny days, but let’s remember this is still Ireland, the weather is unpredictable, and one moment it could be sunny; the next minute, hailstones!

This should not prevent you from planning a Street Feast this June, but it’s good to be prepared for everything Ireland can throw at you!

Here are some tips to keep you dry:

Get some shelter

Gazebos or tents, depending where you are organising your feast, are always a handy option, not only for sheltering people but also for your BBQ grills and sound-system! There’s always a gazebo lying around unused in someone’s back garden so ask your neighbours.

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Have a plan B location

How about asking the community centre if you can move to their hall if there’s bad weather. You could also try the local Scouting Den (they already know about Street Feast and are actively supporting the event). A sports centre is another option. Alternatively you could ask your neighbours if you can move the feast to one of their houses or garages in case rain crashes the party. There is always someone with enough space to accommodate everyone. A Street Feast in Rathmines, Dublin 6 is using this backup space below – nice for some!

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Have a postponement date, or a flexible time

It’s a good idea to have a fall-back date, or a flexible time. “Street Feast is at 2pm, but if there’s showers then, we’ll have it at 6pm” or “If it’s raining, we’re going to postpone to the following Sunday 19th June”. Ask your neighbours what would suit them best.

Have an indoor menu!

Barbecues always go hand-in-hand with Street Feast but make sure that it’s not the only method of cooking, in case you have to move the party inside. Some frozen food that can be chucked in the oven or microwave is very convenient in case of a last minute menu change.

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Rain Gear & Umbrellas

Bring rain gear; a light drizzle or scattered showers can actually be a source of entertainment for the kids. Rain dancing, umbrella twirling and puddle jumping are few of the many activities your kids will enjoy!

And finally: hold on tight to your umbrella!

And as one Street Feast organiser, Michelle Doyle, suggested: you can always bring along a big sheet of plastic, wet gear and go for slippery slides, great fun not only for the kids!

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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.