Michelle Darmody, festival organiser of Eat the Streets! tells us more about this fantastic new initiative.
“Dublin has been growing for ages, let’s get together and take a fresh look at our roots.
Dublin’s roots stretch back to its rich hinterland which allowed the city to expand and enlarge over thousands of years, crops were grown on the outskirts to feed the cities expanding population. Today much of that land is covered over but we still have the rich history which can be seen in the city’s street scape; Cherryorchard, Corn Exchange, Fishamble Street, Mill street. We can also still see this legacy in the many fruit and vegetables still grown in the north of the county.
Food and what we eat defines so much about us as people, our culture, our history, it helps create connections and nourishment. The word companion means “with bread”. Food is generally about gathering around a table, breaking bread together, cooking and sharing food in the kitchen. This year we have all been doing things a little differently, and it is the same for Eat the Streets, we will be hosting cook-alongs and many of our workshops online, but there will also be some activities to do on your local streets.
The aim of Eat the Streets is to focus on maximising the use of our food and learning and sharing new skills – from growing, cooking, creating and discovering. We will begin at the end of March and culminate in a 10-day festival in June that celebrates Dublin’s food history as a vegetable heartland, engaging children, their grandparents and families to dig up the city’s rich food heritage.”