REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam has already hosted two editions of the Refugee Food Festival. In June 2017 and 2018, the two editions brought together 14 restaurants and 11 talented refugee chefs, to change our perceptions around the welcoming of refugees and their status, and of course, to make people discover flavors from elsewhere.

This is the beginning of a great adventure: collaborations between chefs gave wonderful dishes !

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Amsterdam 2018

From 20th – 24th June, the city of Amsterdam welcomed the Refugee Food Festival for the second year in a row.

On this occasion, six refugee chefs took the helm of five restaurants’ kitchens, to offer special menus co-prepared with the restaurants’ usual chefs, allowing Amsterdam’s culinary scene to thrive off Syrian and Iraqi flavours.

THROWBACK TO REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL 2018

FLORA • Kamal Naji

JUNE from 20th to 24th 2018  •  Lunch

For a few days, the very best of Syrian cuisine (suitable for vegetarians) was on Flora’s menu. The restaurant is located right in Bilderdijk park.

BOX SOCIAAL • Mahran Shamih

JUNE from 20th to 22nd 2018  • Lunch

Mahran Shamih added exotic Syrian dishes (including vegetarian options) to the usual menu of this cozy restaurant in front of Artis.

BLEND COFFEE & WINE • Mahmoud Barkawi

JUNE 20th 2018 • Lunch

At Blend Coffee & Wine, guests (including vegetarians) were able to enjoy a tasty Syrian lunch, paired with a good bottle of wine, on the beautiful canal side terrasse.

ZEST • Mohamad Haj Kasem

JUNE 20th 2018  • Dinner

Music and a terrific Syrian non-set menu made for a wonderful evening at the cozy restaurant Zest on Bilderdijkstraat.

BOX SOCIAAL • Adhraa Maqdes

JUNE 20th 2018  • Dinner

The brothers-run restaurant welcomed our female chef for a unique Iraqi 3-course menu, suitable for vegetarians.

WATER&BROOD • Mahmoud Barkawi

JUNE 21st 2018 • Dinner

The “gezellig” restaurant Water & Brood exceptionally opened its kitchen at night for a delicious 3-course Syrian menu, suitable for vegetarians.

WATER&BROOD • Adhraa Maqdes

JUNE 22nd 2018  • Dinner

Water & Brood exceptionally opened its doors for a second dinner, welcoming Adhraa Maqdes and her delightful Iraqi menu.

Bijlmerjabes • STARTUP KITCHEN

JUNE 23rd 2018  • Dinner

The chefs from Startup Kitchen prepared a tasty barbecue in a former prison, with options suitable for vegetarians.

DE RUIMTE • Final party

JUNE 24th 2018 • All day long

To conclude the festival in Amsterdam, chefs and guests gathered for a day-long party offering Syrian food, music, an exhibition, workshops and more at De Ruimte.

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The team!

Marine and Maria were leading the organisation of the festival from A to Z! In Amsterdam, the organisation of the Refugee Food Festival was made possible thanks to the commitment, enthusiasm and energy of these two project holders, their wonderful team of volunteers and UNHCR Netherlands!

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THE UNITED NATIONS REFUGEE AGENCY, CO-ORGANIZER OF THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL

The United Nations Refugee Agency plays a fundamental role in the development of each local festival. UNHCR also ensures the protection of refugee leaders by providing expertise.