So you’ve registered your Street Feast event? Great! Now you’ve got some momentum, why not keep going?! Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to get geared up for Street Feast 2018..
- Choose a venue
A Street Feast can take place anywhere; on a road, in a garden, park, school or community hall. You just need to ensure you have the relevant permissions.
Depending on your area, your council may require applications for a road closure which can sometimes be costly. If this is something you’re 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. If you need any information on road closures, insurance, or advice check out our website for more info or get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org
- Decide on details
The official Street Feast day is the second Sunday of June each year, and this year falls on Sunday 10th June. Realistically, the same date won’t work for everybody, so don’t let that stop you. Just have your celebrations on a day that works for you and your community, easy!
We encourage you to be aware of those in your community who might be observing Ramadan too. Why not have an Iftar Street Feast the night before to include everyone? It’s a great excuse to eat long into the night!
- Create a guestlist
Although most people are residents who host an event for their own neighbourhoods, you don’t have to be. Anyone can host a Street Feast, you could do it with your sporting club, worship group, colleagues or school. But firstly, you need to decide whether your celebration is just for neighbours or those in your group, or if you’d like to make it a public event so that others in the area can join in.
Now you have that all figured out, the fun begins! Use the posters and invitations in your free Street Feast Pack and post them around the community, or why not make your own for that personal touch? The main thing to remember is to add an RSVP or provide a link to your event page on ChangeX (an event page is automatically generated when you sign up for Street Feast) or Facebook. This will allow you to keep track of numbers. Don’t forget to invite people personally too as this always yields better results. It’s a great excuse to knock on your neighbours door! And it’s a great way to find others who are up for helping organise it. It could be face painting, bringing an instrument to play, or offering up their world famous baked goods, you never know till you ask!
- Organise and delegate!
Whether it’s tables and chairs, music, barbeque skills or magic tricks, everybody can contribute something. And, more often than not, a plate of food to share is the best option. Why not check out our blog for some great recipe ideas? Well add more each week – and we’ve loved testing each one for you!
- Make decorations
Bunting is a great way to recycle scrap material. You could ask others to make a length too then join them up, or even better, why not have a crafternoon in the lead-up to your Street Feast and do it together? Pom-poms and paper chains are also quite striking and easy and fun to make, and the chalk in your free Street Feast pack makes for some great temporary street art. But don’t forget, while this is all great fun for the kids, it’s not just for them! Being creative has incredible health benefits for everyone, so make some time to share in some of the fun yourself.
- Play some tunes
If you’re celebrating in your own neighbourhood, you can get surround sound happening by having all the nearby houses tune into the same radio station and open their windows. Otherwise, somebody may have a portable speaker and you could take turns selecting tracks, or maybe somebody plays an instrument? There’s nothing like live entertainment!
- Get local support
Don’t be afraid to ask your local cafes, shops and other businesses to support your gathering. You’d be amazed at how generous people are given the chance! Many Street Feasters have borrowed chairs and tables, had food and drink donated by local eateries, some businesses even donate prizes for games or a raffle.
- Recruit for clean-up
Organise a group of helpers who can stick around and help clean-up after, you don’t want to be stuck doing this all on your own and many hands make light work. If you ensure there are plenty of bins and recycling points around most people will do the work for you and dispose of their waste responsibly, it makes the clean-up MUCH easier!
- Make sure you have obvious bins and recycling points.
- Set a time for lunch (or dinner), it really helps to kick-start the celebrations.
- Try to make sure any games or entertainment are suitable for everyone.
- Consider celebrating with an Iftar Street Feast if you have people in your community observing Ramadan.
- Be prepared for rain! As much as we’d love to guarantee you a gorgeous sunny day, Summer in Ireland can be temperamental. So have a back-up plan in case the weather turns sour. You could use a pergola, community hall, school, garage or house, just to name a few.
- Take lots of photos! Besides having the opportunity to win some great prizes by sending in your photos and videos, it’s a great way to document the day and remember all the fun you had.
- Share your day with us! Hashtag #streetfeast2018
- Have you considered fundraising at your event? You could raise awareness or funds for an issue close to your heart or for something that’s affecting your community. You could even use it to start a community garden, make a park bench or build a playground.
- Most importantly, have fun!