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About: At Potluck, they run exclusively on submitted work. Anyone is welcome to submit, no matter your background, age, sex, ethnicity, experience level, or discipline. However, they only accept work if it fits the theme they set, which changes roughly every three months.
They are now open and taking submissions for Issue 4, on the theme of FEAST. The idea of feast might conjure up thoughts of heaving tables, overflowing plates, maybe a candelabra or two for good measure. But a feast isn’t about the pomp and circumstance- is about revelling in the pure joy of the food in front of you. It’s about the anticipation of the meal, the three hours of loitering around someone’s kitchen waiting for the food to be ready, stealing a little taste of things here and there when nobody is looking. It’s about the effort that goes into cooking something like that- sometimes exciting, fulfilling and other times exhausting- and the fact it’ll all be over in half an hour once people start tucking in. It’s about ordering that extra dish, not because you need it but because eating is about more than making you full. It’s about sharing a meal with people you love, enjoying every mouthful.
But in the same way, a feast isn’t just about that aspirational, banquet-style eating experience. It’s just as much about the midnight feast you make for yourself- either Nigella style, scoffing food from the fridge or the food you eat at 3 am coming back from a night out. It’s about the food you treat yourself to, to make you feel better after a really shitty day. It’s about the supermarket buffets you assemble when you’re going on a long train journey or meeting friends on a sunny day.
Ultimately, feasting is about seeing food as not just a thing that fills your hunger and keeps you full, but as an activity in itself, worthy of your time and energy. So tell us about your favourite celebratory feast. Tell us about a time you had an absolute disaster when trying to prepare a complicated meal for loved ones. Tell us about your favourite supermarket picnic options, your dream dinner party, your favourite midnight snack.