Bernard Hall, Cuddington
By Roy Payne - 17th September 2019 8:15pm
Street Food Fair at the Feast Festival
This Saturday (21st September) is a Family Super Saturday in Haddenham. It culminates in a community meal and village ceilidh at the Village Hall.
Everyone is invited to celebrate our community and culture in the old-fashioned way of sharing, eating and laughing together, while being entertained by local 'bards'.
In homage to our village ancestors, the village hall will be laid out like a mediaeval banquet: long tables where family and friends mix and mingle. You can bring your own picnic, to share with family and friends, or you can buy food from a new street food fair that will pitch-up beside the village hall.
The street food fair — serving a selection of cuisines from around the world -- is an innovation that is being trialled at the Feast Festival and which might become a more regular feature of Haddenham life. There will be a bar in the village hall, all evening long.
During the meal we'll be entertained with short sets from local Jazz and R&B musicians, to help create a vibrant atmosphere in which we break bread with friends, family and fellow villagers.
As the meal ends, we move into a foot-stomping village ceilidh. We are reviving this lost village tradition, because so many people enjoy the reeling and jigging — dancing that all ages and all members of the family can join in and enjoy.
There will be a mid-evening breather from the dancing. During that interval, international artiste Katy Carr will perform a 40's-inspired set, with singalongs of old classics. And we will be entertained by BBC Radio 4 star, poet and comedian, John Hegley.
The ticket price of just £12 covers both the community meal and the ceilidh, though you are free to come and go as you please, to attend just the meal, or just the ceilidh. Children under-10 are free if accompanied by a paying adult. A family ticket for the whole day is just £25. You can book online at Eventbrite, or through the Feast Festival Facebook page. You can pay on the day, but spaces in the Village Hall are limited, so to avoid disappointed kids, you are recommended to book in advance.
The community meal and ceilidh are the culmination of a busy day of events. There is lots else to choose from and do on Saturday morning and afternoon, all for free, and including:
Renowned local chamber choir, Witchert Chorale, will be giving a free concert in St Mary's Church.
Childrens' Carnival Procession:
When the concert ends, there will be a "mini mardi gras" carnival procession for children from the Church Green to the Village Hall. Many children will be wearing bear masks they've made, inspired by Brazilian mardi gras. Come help us start a potential new annual tradition for Haddenham.
The Big Draw:
Everyone in the family, from three to three score and more, can join in together. Drop into the open workshop at the Village Hall whenever you want, stay as long as you want. All materials provided.
Exhibitions in the Village Hall:
Two separate exhibitions, one of local artists' work, the other the entries by village children into the 'Feast Feet' competition.