The Big Lunch is a beautiful day filled with community spirit. This annual event is like an enormous block party, where the tantalizing fragrances of home-cooked delicacies mingle with music and laughter. The event means sharing meals.
It also means making new – or renewing – heartwarming connections. As neighbors step out of their homes and into each other’s lives, they partake in more than just The Big Lunch.
In fact, they join a fun experience – a day of unity, friendship, and the simple joy of being together. The Big Lunch celebrates the bonds that nourish our communities and open hearts.
History of The Big Lunch
The Big Lunch has roots that speak to the United Kingdom’s long-standing culture of community and togetherness. Launched in 2009 by the Eden Project, based in Cornwall, England. The Eden Project is an advocacy group and, interestingly, a visitor’s attraction in the Cornish countryside.
Their vision for The Big Lunch was uniting people across the UK. They would achieve this neighborhood by neighborhood. They encouraged the people to connect with others in their areas. Thus, they would strengthen their communities.
The Eden Project is most noted for its groundbreaking work promoting ecological awareness and interconnectedness. But their team saw The Big Lunch as an extension of its mission to deepen our understanding of the interconnection between all living things.
The Big Lunch quickly captured the nation’s heart from its first days. The idea was simple yet powerful: people would leave their homes and eat lunch with their neighbors.
These get-togethers could be a small gathering in a backyard or a large street party. The size of each community event did not matter – the whole point was to get people out of their homes and into the streets for conversation.
The event resonated with millions of UK citizens. By 2019, a staggering seven million people participated in these amazing feasts.
The Big Lunch’s success lies in its ability to adapt to the winds of change over time and without hesitation. In 2022, it happened to happen during Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee. That happy coincidence meant the day transformed into a grand celebration.
They even married national pride to community spirit. Each year, The Big Lunch evolves, reflecting the always-changing dynamics of communities. But one thing remains the same – it continues to reveal the need for connection and mutual support.
How to Celebrate The Big Lunch
Celebrating The Big Lunch blends creativity, community, and cuisine. Here are some tips to make the most of the next Big Lunch event:
Plan a Neighborhood Feast
Plan to get together with your neighbors and hold a community potluck. Each household can bring a dish that shows off their culinary skills or family recipes.
The variety adds to the fun. Everyone can bring a dish that represents their cultures. Just think of a smorgasbord of British meat pies set up next to savory Indian curries or Jamaican cuisine. How fun is that?
Decorate and Dress Up
Deck out The Big Lunch in decorations to add a festive touch to your street or garden. Hang up bright bunting, UK flags, and balloons/ Dress up your picnic tables with tablecloths in bright colors.
Adding some color and texture will quickly transform your everyday space into the hottest party spot on the block. Encourage guests to dress in vibrant attire or costumes to add to the celebratory atmosphere.
Organize Fun Activities
Plan on offering up some games and activities for all ages. Think back to some of your childhood favorite outdoor pastimes for inspiration. For example, you can hold sack races or tug-of-war games.
You might also have a dance-off or a neighborhood talent show. These activities entertain and create camaraderie and teamwork. Be sure to order some prizes to have on hand for event winners.
Share Stories and Songs
The Big Lunch is the perfect chance to share stories or music that reflects the many different backgrounds of your community.
This day is your community’s opportunity to learn about different cultures and histories. As a result, you can help improve everyone’s understanding of their neighbors.
Use The Big Lunch as a way to brainstorm about any community projects that may need addressing. You might consider a community garden, a book exchange, or a neighborhood litter clean-up campaign.
The Big Lunch can be a perfect jumping off point to move forward with a few lasting community improvements.
Document the Memories
Don’t forget to capture those Big Lunch Day moments. Take photos of everyone who attends to document your event. Or you might even make a short video of the day’s events. These memories will serve as a wonderful reminder of the day and an inspiration for future gatherings.
Be sure to connect with your neighbors on social media. And of course, use the hashtag #TheBigLunch to spread the message of unity far and wide.