It was an indoors Street Feast in Bantry this year for the first time. The previous two years were blessed with fine weather but luck didn't hold out for the 2017 event. Despite this plan b was always in place and the event was moved to St Brendan's school where a mixture of bunting, plants, flowers, toys and a multitude of other odds and ends were put to artistic use to decorate the hall.
Street Feast is all about bringing community together in a shared event, sometimes even taking people out of their comfort zone, where they mix with different people than maybe their usual circle of friends. This is the part that I like best, for quiet a while that day I had a wonderful discussion with an American lady who happened on the event by accident and as it turned out was here as part of a delegation to donate money to a suicide prevention group in West Cork. I also had an interesting chat with another gentleman who appeared to be making the most of the occasion as he flitted and bounced from table to table talking to all and sundry. That is what I find so lovely about this event, the diversity of the people who turn up.
Then we have the food, what a spread. Each year it just gets better, the variety of food that is brought to the table is just spectacular, and the amount of work that some people put into what they bring is commendable. That though is not the point of it all, it's getting involved in your community that is the important part. So whether it's a few ham sandwiches knocked together in the morning or an elaborately decorated dish, all are welcome to partake in the feast.
As with any event like this there are the people who pull it altogether, I won't go naming them as they are all shy quiet types who prefer to stay away from the limelight, what I will say though is thanks to you all for bringing this wonderful event to Bantry.
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