REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL 2016 AND 2017
The Refugee Food Festival was born in early 2016, with 11 Parisian restaurants opening their kitchens to eight refugee chefs. More than 1,000 Parisians were able to visit these restaurants, to meet with the refugee chefs and discover the cuisines of Iran, India, Syria, Chechnya and many more…
Since then, a European edition took place in 2017 and a worldwide edition took place in 2018!
REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL 2016
During its first year, Paris and Strasbourg welcomed the Refugee Food Festival.
12 restaurants opened their kitchens to talented refugee chefs, discovered their know-how and culinary heritage and shared their own experiences and talents, all over the course of a few days of a gourmet and solidarity festival.
REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL 2017
For the second annual Refugee Food Festival, 11 European cities hosted the festival: Paris and Strasbourg were joined by Bordeaux, Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Amsterdam, Athens, Brussels, Florence and Madrid.
More than 100 restaurants welcomed ever more talented refugee chefs.
OUR ORGANISERS SAY IT BETTER
The Refugee Food Festival is a citizen’s led initiative aims to show that civil society has a fundamental role to play in the way refugees are welcomed.
All organisers 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 like the guard of honour 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 and exchanges. The festival made cooking the universal language for chefs, refugees, citizens and more to meet for the same cause. Our role as project holder was to make these encounters possible. As the 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 demonstrate 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 goes. Refugee chefs and restaurant owners all answered to the call. As co-organiser of the 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.”
TO HELP CHANGE PERCEPTIONS OF REFUGEES AND FOSTER THEIR SOCIO-PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION
The Refugee Food Festival is a citizens’ led initiative created by Food Sweet Food and supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.