Word soon got around that it was that time of year again and an array of tantalising titbits were being set out to tease the taste buds. Chatter raised in volume as the message was passed along and a flurry of activity ensued.
Dinner dress was not required. Just bring yourself and prepare to get stuck in. Families welcome. The food was guaranteed never to run out, drinks were plentiful and everything was free.
It was known that you may have to wait your turn, but as there were plenty of seating arrangements and viewing platforms, it was worth it because your belly would soon become full and you could return home feeling satisfied and content.
Of course there were always those who tried to muscle in, gluttonous bullies forcing their way to the front and pushing the little ones out of the way, but the hosts had thought of that and there were now small secluded areas where only the smallest could reach, so they too were catered for. It didn’t matter if something fell on the floor either, as there was always someone ready to swoop in and pick it up, so nothing was ever wasted.
Sometimes danger could lurk overhead, but being under cover with lookouts and many ready to see off intruders usually ensured there were no casualties. If threats came from another quarter or direction, the hosts had a back up plan and let the dog loose. OK, you and your friends will automatically scatter, but it wouldn’t be long before it was safe to return to the feeding stations and continue with the banquet.