The Great Street Feast 2017 fuses food and fun in fundraising fiesta for Freedom from Torture
Over two hundred supporters ate, drank and laughed at Freedom from Torture’s Great Street Feast on 14 June. The major fundraising event was held at BAFTA headquarters in central London. Early indications are that the final total for the evening will top £52,000.
Five renowned chefs donated their services for the night to create delectable gourmet street food. They were led by dynamic duo Paul Merrett (The Victoria) and Anton Manganaro (BAFTA 195), who masterminded last year’s successful event.
This year they were accompanied by Vitelio Reyes (Ceviche), Ankush Bhasin (Benares) and Rob McLeary (The Modern Pantry), plus master patissier-chocolatier William Curley. Food was paired with fine wines donated by Farr Vintners.
The chefs were joined by members of Freedom from Torture’s Tamil Support Group, who contributed their own tasty street food, drawing on Sri Lanka’s rich culinary heritage. Members of Freedom from Torture’s Natural Growth Project gardening group showcased fresh herbs, painted pots and postcards of the London centre’s garden.
Comic relief was provided by radio and TV host Clive Anderson and feminist standup Kate Smurthwaite. Unsurprisingly, there was mention of recent political events, including the election outcome and Brexit. But the underlying message was a clear one – we must support, protect and help heal survivors of torture – as outlined in a passionate appeal by Freedom from Torture's Susan Munroe.
The fundraising icing on the cake was the Grand Raffle and the live charity auction, conducted with wit and flair by Hugh Edmeades of Christie’s. Prizes included art, holidays and experiences.
CEO Susan Munroe thanked all those who had attended and had donated food, drinks, money, prizes, and their time and energy to making the event such a success. She said:
“Your support means so much to Freedom from Torture and to the torture survivors who benefit from our services. Thank you all for your generosity.”