“Cooking makes it possible to go beyond status, to discover other people’s worlds, by sharing what is both most singular and most universal.”

The Refugee Food Festival is an itinerant project led by citizens and founded by the Food Sweet Food association with the support of the UN High Committee for Refugees (UNHCR). The idea of the festival is for restaurants to open and entrust their kitchens to refugee chefs, to share tasty and united moments.

Beyond the annual festival, we are developing activities that support the professional integration of the festival’s cooks: catering services, culinary events, cooking shows, cooking workshops, conferences and testimonials.

OUR STORY

The project was born in 2016, when a few Parisian citizens decided to get together to try to help think about and improve the welcoming and integration of refugees.

Having travelled across 18 countries and shared food at the dinner tables of dozens of men and women, Food Sweet Food founders Marine Mandrila and Louis Martin realized the power of food to build cultural connections. Upon their return to France, in the midst of the “refugee crisis”, they decide to build on the values ​​of cooking and the French culinary scene, in order to counter anxious and miserabilist discourses about refugees. Their idea: raise awareness amongst French citizens by speaking directly to their taste buds. This is the origin of the Refugee Food Festival, a culinary and inclusive festival that consists in creating collaborations between restaurants and refugee chefs.

OUR GOALS

CHANGE

Perceptions around the welcoming of refugees and on the refugee status.

ACCELERATE

The socio-professional integration of refugee cooks through training and thanks to a community of committed chefs and restaurant owners.

MOBILIZE

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

TO GET INVOLVED: A METHODOLOGY KIT

 

If you would like to organize a Refugee Food Festival or join an existing team, contact us, and ask to consult the methodology kit in French or in English, which we developed thanks to the support of the Innovation Unit of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a key partner of the project since its inception.

Thanks to the methodology kit, the support of the founding team and the local teams of the UNHCR, each edition of the Refugee Food Festival is organized by a team of local citizens who prepares the festival, and mobilizes a whole local ecosystem: restaurants, associations, and other citizens!

PARTNERS

We work closely with our partners to raise awareness, promote talents, and create a positive context for professional integration.

UNHCR: CO-ORGANIZER OF THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL AND KEY PARTNER

The United Nations Refugee Agency, co-organizer of the annual festival, plays a fundamental role in the organization of each festival and other projects developed by the association.

It guarantees the quality of the festival, the respect of its values, but also the accomplishment of its missions, in particular that of information and awareness of the general public. UNHCR also ensures the protection of refugee chefs by providing its expertise and can support the process of professional integration.

LA BNP – BNP – DIRECTION OF CITIZEN COMMITMENT, PARTNER OF THE 2018 FESTIVAL 2018

We warmly thank BNP for supporting the annual festival.

THE REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL
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BECOMING A PARTNER

 

In a global context where migration is a real question that needs to be answered more than ever, our initiative wishes to bring a positive look and get away from the widespread miserabilist rhetoric. This project aims to address the question of integration through professional integration and through a universal medium: cooking.

We deeply believe that work is a crucial vector of integration allowing the discovery of cultural codes, independence and belonging to the national community.

All this is made possible thanks to our partners, our collaborators and those who support us.

We work closely with our partners to raise awareness, promote talents, and create a positive context for professional integration.

Our partners are by our sides in a variety of ways and help us improve our project and expand our actions in France and worldwide.

Would you like to know more about our activities, our impact and your means of action?

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