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Freedom FEASTival 2017 

Building on the success of the Hull Harvest Feastival 

As part of 2017 Freedom Festival we invited strangers to sit, share and feast amongst a fantastical performance as we hosted Hull's biggest homegrown community feast. 

In partnership with Hull Harvest Feastival and Keepmoat Homes, we worked together to deliver an event that celebrated the abundance of the harvest grown by the people of Hull and surrounding areas.

Building on the Hull Harvest Feastival, a DIY community event, now in its third year, the theatrical community feast took place on Sunday 3 September as part of the festival's 10thanniversary celebrations.

As the city’s calendar of spectacular arts and cultural events has gained rapid momentum, so has the wide variety of produce which more than 100 volunteers, growers, community groups and allotment sites across Hull and the East Riding have spent the first part of the year growing. Once harvested, a group of talented local chefs prepared a feast to be reckoned with.

In two sittings, on the closing day Freedom Festival, audiences shared in the delight of locally grown and cooked produce, eaten as part of a true community feast.  

Festival Gardens situated in Queens Gardens, Hull, hosted the feast, with a theatrical, artistic programme of entertainment for FEASTival-goers to enjoy while they eat.  

Mikey Martins, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said: “The feast sits amongst what is a beautiful artistic programme. By bringing people together to share food at the end of what is set to be a carnival of colour and fun, we hope it will inspire more people to grow food, cook it from scratch, make friends and catalyse new projects. 

Kate Macdonald at Hull Harvest Feastival, said: “Throughout the year, a city-wide growing project has been taking place to grow vegetables to be harvested in time for this event. The commitment and care that has been given has been astonishing." 

The feast was sponsored by Keepmoat Homes, Associated British Ports (ABP), Coletta and Tyson and William Jackson Food Group.