Long Table at the Park

A celebration of food, friends and community

On February 5, after Covid and inclement weather had frustrated earlier plans, we finally had our inaugural Long Table at De Smidt Park.

De Smidt Park is a living embodiment of community at work: we as a community rallied around a generous donation of plants and support in kind from the City of Cape Town (thanks to them, via former Ward Cllr Dave Bryant and our current Ward Cllr Ian McMahon for the motivation and – in Ian’s case – actual sweaty presence on the Plantathon Day). Here’s the whole story, and the recognition for the effort.

Since then, the Park has become a meeting place, for dogs, and neighbours. And dogs. We as a community found friendship (and dogs) over Mary’s amazing Monday scones, watering meetings in the hottest times before we got irrigation (with Oros and Marie biscuits), and a  movie night, inaugural movie the Wes Anderson Isle of Dogs (to be repeated when the windy season passes). And finally, our long-awaited, fantastically stylish Long Table.

Zita was the queen of logistics, Mary was the queen of catering, Kris raided his mother’s olive trees (again) and made magic with streamers and his inimitable style; and everyone brought platters and bowls of the most wonderful Mediterranean-style fare. (Dogs largely absent on this occasion).

The DWCA via Niels sponsors a weekly service – on Fridays, you might spot Mawande who does an amazing job on maintaining dams around the trees, making compost and enriching the soil out of the garden waste and contributions that come in from the neighbourhood, keeping litter and waste at bay, and generally doing the bulk of the work. But the Park continues to get TLC from the community on the watering roster, and the occasional dead-heading and planting spurt of activity.

See you there!