at the Grapes Community Food Garden

Come by and help celebrate Imbolc, the Celtic/Gaelic marking of the coming of spring. This is the first festival of the 8-fold year of 2024. See more info on Imbolc below.

For our annual celebration, we invite you to join local gardeners & cooks to;

  • help bless the garden and looking ahead to the growing year
  • write spring affirmations and share rituals at the altar
  • imbibe fire cider
  • share delicious, hearty, warming dishes
  • plant up onions, garlic and broad beans; some of the earliest veg we can sow in the year
  • join in our bean dance
  • reflect together around the fire about winter challenges and hope for the coming spring
  • listen to early spring music

Imbolc, in the Celtic seasonal calendar marks the beginning of the lambing season and signals the start of spring and the stirrings of new life.
It is time for us to let go of the past and look to the future, cleansing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. It is a good time for wish-making or making a dedication.
– The Goddess & The Green Man.

The wheel has turned once more, returning us to a time of hope and new beginnings. Be thankful for the ever-increasing warmth and light as we leave behind the cold, dark, stillness of winter. – Almanac, Anne Marie Lagram.

In between the middle of the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox lies the Celtic festival of Imbolc. Dating back to pre-Christian times, Imbolc celebrations revolved around the Goddess Brigid. Ancient Celtic mythology explains that she was born with a flame in her head and immediately drank the milk of a mystical cow upon birth, which is where her common symbols of a flame and dairy originated from. She also represents fertility, and many women would travel to her sacred wells (the most popular one in Kildare, Ireland) to drink their water in hopes of conceiving shortly after. During Imbolc celebrations, those celebrating would light bonfires and make dairy-rich meals in honor of Brigid. 

Now, Imbolc coincides with Saint Brigid’s feast day. Historians have shown that when Christianity was spreading throughout Ireland, the church was having a difficult time convincing pagans to let go of their gods and goddesses. Thus, Brigid was “reborn” into Saint Brigid, and her representations (i.e., fertility, the flame, and dairy farmers) were kept the same. – Marisa, Herbstalk

Read more about Goddess Brigid here.


Come by Squash on Fridays 5-8pm in the run up to Christmas and enjoy a lovely, cosy evening! There’ll be a fire, very tasty food, great company and a chance to support your local community biz by doing a bit of ethical festive shopping! 

FESTIVE CRAFTING! December 8TH 5-8pm

At this Winter Warmer, come join garden volunteers to make your own festive crafts – by donation! Come listen to some soothing festive sounds, nibble on festive tasters, and your last chance to order your veg box! And how about a lovely warm and a chat around the fire?

WINTER SOLSTICE! December 22ND 5-8pm

Come by on this Winter Solstice for a lovely, calm festive evening with seasonal songs around the fire by Hope Street Harmonies Choir, delicious festive tastes and a chance to reflect on the year.