Eat the Streets!
Eat the Streets and put down roots for a tastier tomorrow
Dublin, Ireland | 1 October 2020 – ongoing
‘Eat the Streets!’ is a Dublin City Council project that ran from March 20th to June 20th. Michelle Darmody, journalist, food educator, researcher, and former owner and chef of Cake Cafe and Slice was approached by Dublin City Council to bring to life a conversation around food and climate change – What does it mean to eat local?
How we use land and the changes we make to land are impacting on food security and food supply. Urban environments are often disconnected from their rural hinterlands. Further being a capital city in a country with a strong agricultural history and culture, what is Dublin’s role in Ireland’s food security in a time of climate change? It was within this context that Eat the Streets! was proposed. The project aimed to explore Dublin’s vegetable roads to reconnect citizens with their food heritage and strengthen their understanding of how nature provides food, feed, fuel and fibre.
‘Eat the Streets!’ explored the answers by drawing attention to Dublin’s agriculture history as the vegetable basket of Ireland. From March to May, we asked young people and their families to plant seeds and grow roots for a tastier tomorrow, while asking older generations for the recipes of yesteryear. And to share photos and drawings of their growing projects and recipes through the Eat the Streets website and via social media with the #eatthestreets.
Eat the Streets! culminated in a 10-day festival from the 11th to 20th June with Cook Alongs, After Dinner Chats and All Day Everyday Activities to spark imaginations.
By focusing on food and having young people talk to their grandparents and parents about recipes, we sought to foster an intergenerational dialogue on eating local and stopping food waste, and tackling a climate change issue in a meaningful way.
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