Arriving at the Beaufort Street Festival a bit later than I would have liked to; in the late afternoon, I was shocked at the turn out. Throngs of people crowded the streets with live musicians and DJ's blasting out the tunes from all directions.
The food tent was quite quirky, with big screens and volunteers on hand with cameras and tripods, trying to help the audience see what was actually being cooked by the local chefs. However, we didn't get to taste the free tidbits as the nibbles were gone in a few seconds; scrambled upon by very quick and nimble hands, like a flock of hungry seagulls honing in on left over chips.
There were a wide variety of stalls running down the street too, from Amnesty International to food stalls and ice cream tents. A decent variety, but there could have been more water available.
Sadly, there was a distinct lack of free water facilities and it was actually quite difficult to find water for sale! Another note: Waiting for twenty five minutes for a not-quite-raw but very undercooked crepe was most disappointing.
However, the upsides of the festival outshone the downsides, and the free live music, entertainment and street art hit the spot to make 2014's Beaufort Street Festival a winner!
Now, feeling humbled by spending the day with large numbers of people, each with their own different life stories; I hope that you have enjoyed this brief story of our day at the Beaufort Street Festival.