Bandstand Beds Feast 2022

Each year we like to mark the end of the summer with our feast, and this year was no different. For the second time in a row we made the feast a ‘car free celebration’ and on the 24th September brought community organisations together to celebrate the year’s harvest.

Preparing for the feast

We start thinking about the feast as soon as our Common People event has finished. Thinking about the menu, the community organisations that’ll join us and of course, the raffle prizes. More unusual preparations include the test run for scarecrow building at our community garden the week before…

Test scarecrow

Putting the fun and food into feast

This year we chose to showcase the produce from our garden with a vegan chilli and cous cous as well as a selection of different salads. As with every year, it’s wonderful to be able to use our field kitchen to feed all the visitors who join us at our garden.

Following lunch, we had a range of cakes made by our volunteers as well as some delicious brownies kindly donated by Pear Tree Cafe. Safe to say they went down a treat!

BBA’s field kitchen

A hive of activity

We were pleased to be joined my lots of members of the community this year including:

Experts in local history
Dr Bike

As well as the community groups and their individual stands, we had a range of activities for the children that came along. They could start by building a scarecrow to guard the garden for the next year.

Scarecrow building

Then they could go to our storytelling session to learn about the day of a scarecrow in our garden, how he looks after our plants – including his prize pumpkin, Penelope – and interacts with wildlife. After this, children could take part in our free-to-enter guess the weight of Penelope Pumpkin competition, with the chance of winning a fabulous prize – including delicious ice cream from Oddono’s!

Once upon a time in our garden

At the end of the day, everyone gathered around to hear the results of this year’s raffle! We’re so grateful to all the local businesses who donated raffle prizes – everyone was so excited to hear who won. Especially our top prize of a £100 voucher from Neal’s Nurseries in Wandsworth.

Raffle prizes

And before we knew it, the feast was over for another year!

Thank you to all the local community groups & businesses who got involved, our volunteers and of course everyone who came along and joined in the fun!

Written by Daisy Everingham

For more information about taking part at Bandstand Beds click on this link to our website, email or stop by our produce table on Saturdays between 10am and midday to chat to one of our members.