Hull Harvest Feastival / Freedom FEASTival
The Feastival is a huge public feast that takes place in the centre of Hull each September. Prepared by a team of volunteers largely using ingredients grown and donated by the allotment keepers and growers in and around Hull. Ingredients have also been generously supplied by a number of local food businesses. Each year it has been a collaboration between TimeBank Hull & East Riding and other local organisations and first ran on Saturday 10th October in 2015, serving 500 people in Queen Victoria Square Hull. Other activities on the day included, a live music and gardening activities. It was repeated the following year in Princes Dock Street doing 500 meals.
In 2017 Hull Harvest Feastival teamed up with the Freedom Festival Art’s Trust to produce the Freedom FEASTival, catering for 1500 people in Queen’s Gardens in two sittings as part of the tenth anniversary of the Freedom Feastival. This was repeated again in 2018 in collaboration with Artlink Hull and the Freedom Festival Art’s Trust with 1500 meals being served to the public.
After four fantastic years, the Feastival has become a fantastic celebration of local food that everyone looks forward to.
About the Freedom FEASTival (in 2017)
Freedom Festival Arts Trust in partnership with Hull Harvest Feastival and Keepmoat Homes, are working together to deliver a gastronomic event like no other, a theatrical community feast for many to enjoy on Sunday 3rd September in Queens Gardens as part of this years’ 10th anniversary Freedom Festival.
The Feast will take place in the Festival Gardens situated in Queens Gardens as part of a wider programme of outdoor arts circus, interactive installations and workshops where we will see thousands of people come together in a celebration of people, cultures and community… a carnival of colour and fun.
Now in its third year, Hull Harvest Feastival celebrates the abundance of the harvest grown by the people of Hull and surrounding areas. By bringing people together to share food, it aims to inspire more people to grow food and cook it from scratch as well as make friends and catalyse new projects.
The Feastival is a DIY community event that everyone can play a part in creating. Whether that’s growing some food, promoting the ‘sow-a-row’ and veg pledge campaign on your allotment site or helping out on the day. It takes hundreds of people to make the Freedom FEASTival happen, but for the biggest, locally grown feast in the city, we think it’s worth it!
2018 ‘FEASTival People’ Booklet
Feastival Volunteer Booklet 2018