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East Feast 2018. Photo: Shannon Shamsuzzoha

A towering presence adds flavour to East Feast

By Alex Binkley on September 12, 2018

The big bonhomme, lots of madly dancing kids and plenty of good food brought a stretch of Beechwood Avenue alive Saturday September 8. Even the cooling temperature as the sun set didn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm.

Photo: Louise Imbeault

The big guy is a giant marionette operated by LaboKracBoom and its height and many dangling parts takes three men to steer it up and down the street. It comes with sound effects and, appropriately for this evening, it can dance. Even little children who were taken aback by its size were soon following it down the street. It also glows in the dark, which thrilled the thousands of people who attending the street festival during the evening.

East Feast is organized by the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area and is supported by numerous local merchants and community groups. There were plenty of food booths along Beechwood between Marier and St. Charles, which was the section that was closed for the occasion. This was the third edition of East Feast and from the smiling crowds, there should many more of them.

The Ottawa Library Bookmobile and the Ottawa Art Gallery offered colouring and other youth activities. The Boy Scouts set a toy car racetrack that had youngsters chasing the speeding models and bring them back to the start line for another run.

There was a feast of food and music for all tastes. The staff at Dominion City Brewing Co. was kept busy all evening dispensing drinks to the crowd while the booths operated by the Beechwood Metro, Meatings Barbecue, Rico Peru Food Truck and Muckleston & Brockwell had what seemed like endless lineups for their foods.

From the music stage in the middle of the event, the Full Time Groove, DJ del Pilar and Dank Aspects kept the crowd from toddlers and grandmas dancing.

Once the music began, so did the dancing with some of the best moves coming from wee tykes.

East Feast is a free annual community street fair along Beechwood Avenue organized by the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area (QVBIA).