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If you didn’t hear, see or volunteer you surely went and experienced the Feast on the Street event in person. Now you can view the mini documentary, recorded for posterity by director/producer Wayne Rainey.
As Matt Moore says in the video’s opening seconds, “In April 2013, Clare Patey and I gathered a group of artists together to invite the City of Phoenix to dinner.”
The rest is history.
Feast on the Street was supported in part by ArtPlace, the National Endowment for the Arts, Roosevelt Row CDC and The Steele Foundation.
Saturday’s Feast on the Street was epic. The event succeeded in turning the simple notion of breaking bread with one another into a spectacular festival.
Thanks to the event’s sponsors (including ArtPlace, National Endowment for the Arts, The Steele Foundation and many more supporters), the volunteers, restaurants, food trucks, musicians and, yes, beer vendors for making it a great party.
Should we fast before we feast? Or maybe proper training includes stretching our stomachs so we can better enjoy the community/gastronomic event that is Feast on the Street.
Whatever your strategy, get the scoop on this first-ever “Urban Harvest Festival.”
What: Feast on the Street
When: Saturday, April 13, from 2 to 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Phoenix, in the Evans Churchill/Roosevelt Row Neighborhood. First St. will be closed to car traffic to make room for the half-mile long dinner table from Taylor St. to Margaret T. Hance Park.
Admission: Free. Everyone is invited to stroll and enjoy the activities, but you will be paying for the food and beverage you consume. There is also a VIP ticket option that will give you access to a comfy indoor lounge.
Who’s Serving This Feast? It’s a veritable smorgasbord of eats featuring several downtown restaurants and food trucks. Step right up and order, then be sure to sit for the 6 p.m. dinner seating (see below).
- Angels Trumpet Ale House
- Athenian Express
- Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
- Breadfruit & Rum Bar
- Carly’s Bistro
- Giant Coffee
- Hsin Café
- Jobot Coffee Shop
- Matt’s Big Breakfast
- Phoenix Public Market
- Pita Jungle
- Portland’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop
- Song Bird Coffee & Tea House
- Squash Blossom
- Tammie Coe/li>
- The Turf Irish Pub
- Welcome Diner
- Plus Food Trucks parked along First St.
Scheduled Highlights (be sure to check out the FULL schedule of events):
The Kick-Off Salad Toss
A “massive” ceremonial salad toss by Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s Chef Brian Archibald. Yep, a giant salad will be tossed using a tarp. Guests will gather around a recipe of fresh and local ingredients, typically discarded due to their bruised appearance.
- When: 2:15 p.m.
- Where: Intersection of Pierce & First Street
A “Mobile Garden Parade”
Gardens in buckets, some on wheels, including trucks, wheelbarrows, and bikes, will be led by Bad Cactus Brass Band.
- When: 3:15 p.m.
- Where: Begins at Garfield Street, marching north to Roosevelt and looping back to Garfield
Formal Dinner Seating
Take a seat! Break bread with hundreds of your closest and new-found friends at the half-mile long dinner table.
- When: 6 p.m.
- Where: The dinner table on 1st St.. stretching from Taylor St. to Margaret T. Hance Park
A formal toast to reconnect urban dwellers with a focus on the importance of the sun’s changing position and schedule in agricultural life.
- When: 7:33 p.m. – to be exact. (The official time of Sunset, April 13, 2013.)
For more, visit FeastontheStreet.org.
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Calling all Volunteers!
Feast on the Street…a strolling celebration for the eyes and palate! A community dinner party in the new urban harvest tradition. Linking guests through a half-mile long dining table, a promenade of artist-driven street entertainment, demonstrations of sustainability, and a shared joy of exploring the heart of downtown Phoenix through locally sourced food and music.
*This is a FREE public event.
An ambling rediscovery of something natural and unique to each person… long forgotten in the urban landscape.
Calling all Volunteers! Be part of this historic first-ever event.
Register at www.feastonthestreet.org/volunteer/
Sign up & receive a T-shirt, plus discounts/offers at select food trucks
POSITIONS [& shifts]
Set-up (set-up tables, chairs, lights, décor…) 8am-noon; noon-3pm
Beverages (oversee water stations, sell drink tickets…) 1:30-5:300m; 5-9pm
Clean Team (roam event, disposing of trash, etc.) 2-6pm; 5:30-9:30pm
Guest services (distribute information to guests) 1:30-5:30pm; 5-9pm
Parking Attendant (direct guests to parking areas) 1-4:30pm; 4-7:30pm
Rover (offer assistance as needed) 1:30-5:30pm; 5-9pm
Breakdown (dissemble tables, chairs, lights, décor, etc.) 6-9pm; 8:30-10:30pm
*Please note: tasks can change. Event planners will work with you to determine best options based on volunteer preferences and positions available.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Downtown Phoenix – First Street spanning a half-mile from Taylor Street (north of Van Buren ) to Moreland Street (south of I-10)
2pm – 9pm
Supported in part by ASU Art Museum, ArtPlace, National Endowment for the Arts, Roosevelt Row CDC and The Steele Foundation
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The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with Arizona State University Art Museum and the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation will receive a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant. The grants are awarded annually to fund innovative efforts to stimulate local economies through the arts. Phoenix is one of 80 communities in 44 states and the District of Columbia to be awarded $4.995 million in 2012 NEA “Our Town” grants.
The funding will be used to produce “Cultural Connections,” a series of free public art events and temporary art installations to activate vacant, blighted or under-utilized public and private spaces along the Light Rail corridor through downtown Phoenix. The project will draw people and attention to the corridor’s emerging cultural opportunities and established institutions. It also will help to strengthen pedestrian routes linking Margaret T. Hance Park, the Roosevelt Row Arts District and other key cultural destinations.
“Phoenix is rich in cultural activities, organizations and facilities,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. ”Through these new creative cultural efforts, we are continuing to reshape Phoenix’s evolving urban identity through the arts.”
The city’s Office of Arts and Culture plans to issue a call to artists for ideas to develop a two-year program of events as part of “Cultural Connections.” The ASU Art Museum and Roosevelt Row CDC will jointly sponsor Feast on the Street, a unique event based on London’s successful Feast on the Bridge. Scheduled for spring 2013, it will bring together artists, urban farmers, local chefs, and food and health advocates around a community dining table that stretches a half mile along Roosevelt Row. The event will address the issue of local food production and distribution.
To address the issue of blight of vacant land, Roosevelt Row has developed the A.R.T.S. Program (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space). The A.R.T.S. Market provides space for local artists and crafters to display and sell their work. Our Town grant funding will provide additional opportunities for performances and music to be held every First and Third Friday between September 2012 and September 2013 for a total of 24 events.
Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects to help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at the core. These projects will improve the quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and sense of place and help revitalize local economies. All Our Town grant awards were made to partnerships that consisted of a minimum of a not-for-profit organization and a local government.
“Cities and towns are transformed when you bring the arts, both literally and figuratively, into the center of them,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “From Teller Alaska, to Miami, Florida, communities are pursuing creative placemaking, making their neighborhoods more vibrant and robust by investing in the performing, visual and literary arts. I am proud to be partnering with these 80 communities and their respective arts, civic and elected officials.”
The NEA received 317 applications for Our Town that were assigned to one of three application review panels based on their project type: arts engagement, cultural planning and design or non-metro and tribal communities.
For a complete listing of all projects recommended for Our Town grant support, visit the NEA web site at arts.gov. For more information on the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts. For information about Roosevelt Row CDC, visit rooseveltrow.org. For information about the Arizona State University Art Museum, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu.