Long Lunch enjoyed by ‘Greek Quarter’

Neighbours Bernadette Hyland (left) and Mel Jewiss enjoy the sunshine during Sunday’s community...
Neighbours Bernadette Hyland (left) and Mel Jewiss enjoy the sunshine during Sunday’s community lunch in Roslyn. PHOTO: AMANDA DYER
Residents of the "Greek Quarter" in Roslyn gathered to enjoy an Italian-themed lunch in the sunshine on Sunday.

About 65 residents of the area, dubbed the Greek Quarter because it includes Beta, Delta, Gamma and Epsilon Sts, as well as Northview Crescent, attended the annual community "Long Lunch" — sitting at a long table in front of Roslyn Bowling Club.

The event, which was organised by locals for locals, was held as a Neighbours Day celebration.

Organising committee member Amanda Dyer said the area was a "close-knit community, where friendship and looking out for others is encouraged".

"The event is designed to bring our community together, have a shared lunch, and develop strong community connections in the process.

Residents of the ‘‘Greek Quarter’’ in Roslyn, Mark Caldwell (left) and Grant Harris carve the...
Residents of the ‘‘Greek Quarter’’ in Roslyn, Mark Caldwell (left) and Grant Harris carve the meat for Sunday’s community Long Lunch event. PHOTO: AMANDA DYER
"Last year’s Long Lunch cemented some friendships and connections which have been vital for the wellbeing and connection in our community during the lockdown and beyond," Mrs Dyer said.

The sumptuous feast featured dishes such as caprese salad, Sicilian cheese pie, lamb stuffed with sage and pancetta, tiramisu, and lemon and ricotta tart.

Planning for the Long Lunch had been under way since December, and the event was supported through a Dunedin City Council Neighbourhood Matching Grant, and local supermarkets Countdown Mornington and Fresh Choice Roslyn.

The event followed on from other successful community initiatives, including street garage sales, community nights, and establishment of a local home brewing club.

The inaugural Long Lunch, held just before Level 4 lockdown in March last year, attracted 50 people.

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