Eat Etc joined Belmont family fun day
East Belfast cafe Eat Etc joined in the first ever Belmont Spring Fair and Family Fun day on Saturday, 24th March!
The Belmont Road cafe is part of the local fabric of the area and staff were delighted to join in the fun day – they dressed in costume and entertained the children with face painters & balloon modelling.
There were lots of offers in the cafe as well and parents relaxed and enjoyed coffee with scrumptious scones, desserts and other sweet treats – or even an afternoon tea for two with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini tray bakes, delicate pastries and homemade mini scones, all complemented with your choice of tea or coffee.
“Eat Etc is a social enterprise – we feel passionately about being part of the local community and this fun day truly engaged everyone in the area,” said Eat Etc manager Anne Louise Elliot.
The event, organised by Strandtown Traders Association and sponsored by Belfast City Council, included loads of free activities across the area including: an Easter Egg Hunt, a Magician, loads of characters in costume, Old Time Musical entertainers, face painting and balloon modelling plus Easter crafts. There was even a miniature farm.
Eat Etc is a social enterprise set up by East Belfast charity Oasis Caring in Action, which aims to help empower people by transforming lives and transforming the community. To support its work, which includes a befriending scheme for the elderly and an early years project, Oasis has opened a number of social enterprises that will raise much needed funds to keep the projects afloat.
In addition to three cafes, it has recently set up a home maintenance and cleaning business. Oasis Maintenance and Cleaning will offer repairs to the home, basic plumbing, joinery, DIY, garden maintenance as well as cleaning at competitive rates.
“We’re always looking at ways to make a difference in lives of people in Belfast,” explained Jill Dunlop of Oasis Caring in Action. “Eat Etc supports the work that we do here but it’s much more than that – it’s part of the lives of local residents, students, families and nearby organisations. “
Eat Etc offers a unique variety of homemade cakes, scones and other freshly baked items, all made on the premises, together with an extensive lunchtime menu. From the outset, Eat Etc placed a distinctive emphasis on sourcing fairly traded, organic and as far as possible local ingredients.
The Belmont Spring Fair and Family Fun day was a great success and the team at Eat Etc got into the swing of things as staff dressed up and entertained the many families who turned out to support the first ever event. Banana Man was a big hit with (from left to right) Alex Gibson, Jennie Gibson, Eva Gibson and Sandra Baillie.