Location, location, location..

Picnic in the Park Street Feast, Galway, 2016. Photo by Cathy Gathely

Picnic in the Park Street Feast, Galway, 2016. Photo by Cathy Gathely

Wondering where to hold your Street Feast this year?A Street Feast can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in a front garden to a full-blown community street party. You can hold it anywhere with the relevant permissions. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing..

Parks

A local park is an easy option for a Street Feast and one we highly recommend. With lots of green space, it is a great spot for kids and all it takes is a few picnic rugs. Often public spaces have their own play equipment but if not, why not invent your own fun? The soft grass makes it perfect for races, tug-of-war, ball games, etc. It’s also a lovely spot for a lie down, something you may well need if you get a bit over indulgent on the food front like we tend to!

Gardens

Some people have plenty of space in their gardens so why not make the most of it? Gardens are a great place to host your Street Feast and involve less planning. Why not get a few of your neighbours to bring their garden furniture over and help you set up? All it takes is a few table cloths, chairs and maybe some good tunes to get things going. Many hands make light work!

Cul de sac

Many residents live in cul de sacs which only other neighbours access. This is a great opportunity to use the space for pedestrians instead of cars! We recommend speaking with your local Garda about using the space but from our experience it’s one of the easier options. It doesn’t take much to set up some tables and chairs if a few people pull together.

Street Party

We all love a good street party, and what better way to build community? It’s something people all around the world have been doing for centuries. Although more effort will be involved, a street party has the potential to cater for bigger numbers and/or provide extra space. Depending on your area, your council may require applications for a road closure which can sometimes be costly. If this is something you are contemplating, we recommend your first stop be your local Garda who generally know how things work in your area. Local Resident Associations are often another great avenue for support and we recommend checking out our insurance information.

Community Centre, School Hall, etc

A community centre or school is a great option for Street Feast, especially if the weather isn’t great! Often these spaces can be hired cost-free depending on the type of event it is. This could also be an opportunity to engage with others who may not know about Street Feast or have a community to celebrate it with.

But at the end of the day , no matter where your Street Feast is, it all comes down to celebrating the community around us, encouraging more life on the streets and more friends closer to home.

 

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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.