FOR ITS 3RD EDITION, 14 INTERNATIONAL CITIES ARE WELCOMING THE FESTIVAL, FROM NEW YORK TO ATHENS, FROM CAPE TOWN TO BRUSSELS OR ELSE MADRID.
MORE THAN A HUNDRED RESTAURANTS WILL ENTRUST THEIR KITCHENS TO REFUGEE CHEFS, TO HELP CHANGE PERCEPTIONS OF REFUGEES AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO DISCOVER OTHER TASTES AND FLAVORS.
IN ADDITION, THE GOAL OF THE FESTIVAL IS TO SUPPORT THE SOCIO-PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION OF REFUGEES, THROUGH FOOD.
OUR ORGANIZERS SAY IT BETTER
The Refugee Food Festival is a citizen initiative aiming to show that civil society has a fundamental role to play in the way refugees are welcomed.
All organizers of the various Refugee Food Festival local editions are committed citizens who reached out to lead the project in their cities.
Marine Dupé, project holder, Bordeaux 2017
” The Refugee Food Festival is first and foremost about encounters, of course. It seems obvious when you say it, it is even more when you experience it. We were an itinerant and clumsy brigade, generous and fierce, talented and humble. They were my chefs and wherever they were going I went ahead, leading the way to the guard of honor they deserve. For several weeks, I had to nurture enthusiasm whilst tempering hopes, respecting – and having be respected – their stories, without ever trying to meddle in them. “
Kévin Yau, project holder, Marseille 2017
“The Refugee Food Festival is a formidable demonstration of solidarity. In Marseille, land of immigration the 2017 edition was filled with emotional moments, with exchanges. The festival made cooking the universal language for chefs, refugees, clients and more to meet for a same cause. Our role as project holder only was to make these encounters possible. Son of a refugee myself, it was important for me to give a voice to people who are not heard enough. With the support of UNHCR and the Paris team, the festival helped give the best platform for them to express their talents.”
Barthélémy Marsac, project holder, Lille 2017
” The Refugee Food Festival in Lille was a first ever as far as this type of experiences go in the metropole, and refugee chefs and restaurant owners all answered to the call. As co-organizer of this first edition in Lille, the first real challenge was to get in touch with refugee chefs, with the help of local associations and a few personal contacts. For restaurant owners and their teams, this experience was about culinary encounters, about broadening their cuisine whilst respecting their usual ways. For the refugee chefs, the festival was an opportunity to show their talents and to learn new skills.”
The annual Refugee Food Festival is a citizens’ led initiative created by Food Sweet Food and co-organized with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).