Born from a citizens’ initiative, the Refugee Food Festival is an annual project allowing restaurant owners to open their kitchens to refugee chefs. The first Refugee Food Festival, founded by the Food Sweet Food charity with the support of the UN Agency for Refugees, took place in Paris in June 2016.

The annual festival and other year-long activities developed by Food Sweet Food
aim to accomplish 3 missions:

CHANGE

Perceptions around the welcoming of refugees and refugee status.

ACCELERATE

The integration of refugee chefs through training and a community of committed chefs and restaurant owners.

RALLY

Civil society, and get citizens together around the dinner table, a universal place of peace and equality.

Refugee Food Festival 2019 !

We’re proud to announce the 4th edition of the Refugee Food Festival in 15 cities from 9 countries. More than 100 refugee chefs will collaborate with restaurants to share their love of food!

BOLOGNE, BORDEAUX, BRUSSELS, CAPE TOWN, COPENHAGUE, GENEVA, LILLE, LONDON, LYON, MADRID, MARSEILLE, NEW YORK, PARIS, RENNES, STRASBOURG

CALENDAR

THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL

Every year, around 20th June (World Refugee Day), refugees, chefs and citizens come together to participate in the Refugee Food Festival. This gourmet event aims to foster socio-professional integration of refugees, change perceptions and unite citizens around the dinner table.

PREVIOUS EDITIONS
In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Refugee Food Festival brought together 16 European cities, 30,000 committed citizens, and more than 100 chefs and restaurants.
REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL 2019
The Refugee Food Festival's 4th edition will be international, and will take place in about fifteen cities. The list of cities hosting the festival in 2019 will be revealed in March.
JOIN THE PROJECT
Interested in organising a Refugee Food Festival in a new city or joining an existing team? Take a look at the toolkit developed with the support of UNHCR’s Innovation Unit here.

REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL’S YEAR-LONG PROGRAMS

In France, beyond the annual festival, we test and develop activities all year long to foster the socio-professional integration of the festival’s cooks: catering services, culinary events, cooking shows, cooking workshops, conferences and testimonials.

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THE CATERING SERVICES • BY REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

Through catering services and cooking events (cooking shows, workshops and cooking classes), the festival's chefs acquire new experiences and build their professional network.

THE RESTAURANT • BY REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

First ever Parisian restaurant and training place dedicated to refugee cooks, La Résidence welcomes a new refugee chef to run its kitchen every 2 to 6 months. Located in the heart of Ground Control, Paris (12), it gives chefs the opportunity to work on their professional project, under the kind patronage of chefs Stéphane Jego (L'Ami Jean) and Mohammad Elkhaldy.

THE EVENTS • BY REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

In order to raise awareness on the refugee cause, educate about the refugee status and encourage refugee integration, we thrive to valorize the chefs' cultural (including culinary) heritages.

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Nabil Attar

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- Mohammad Elkhaldy -

The Refugee Food Festival

KEY FIGURES

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Our impact

We have been working since september 2018, with the UNHCR and the specialized agency (IM)PROVE , on a social impact measurement that allows us to accurately evaluate the impact of the annual festival on the professional integration of the participating chefs and on public awareness.

91%

The Refugee Food Festival had a significant impact on the assurance of 91% of participating chefs, and was therefore an event that allowed them to regain self-confidence.

59%

59% of the chefs gained access to at least one professional opportunity (restaurant, training, opening their own restaurant), thanks to the Refugee Food Festival.

70%

70% of the participants believe that the Refuge Food Festival has made a positive difference in their perception around the welcoming of refugees, and refugee status.

91%

91% of citizens who weren’t already active before the Refugee Food Festival say the festival created a desire to get involved in supporting refugees

* Figures from the impact measurement carried out by (IM)PROVE in 2018, and supported by the UNHCR.

The Refugee Food Festival is a citizens’ initiative created by Food Sweet Food and supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.