REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL NEW YORK

New York hosted the Refugee Food Festival for the first time in 2018 ! It was the beginning of a great adventure: the meetings were done naturally, the collaborations between chefs gave new wonderful dishes, all the restaurants were full, and the cooks guests found a part of dignity.

In 2018, the festival brought together 3 restaurants and 2 talented refugee chefs, to change the way this status is viewed, and to introduce New Yorkers to flavors from elsewhere.

In 2019, the Refugee Food Festival il coming back in New York, with a yummazing program in perspective!

New York 2019

The Refugee Food Festival is coming back in New York next June for a 2nd year!

Around June 20th (the World Refugee Day) committed restaurants will welcome and collaborate with talented refugee cooks!

Stay tuned ! More information will be released very soon!

You have a question or want to be part of the team? Write to us at : nyc@refugeefoodfestival.com

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New York 2018

In 2018, New York was one of the two American cities to welcome the Refugee Food Festival for the first time in the United States!

Two restaurants opened their kitchens to two refugee chefs, from Iran and Syria, for some savory culinary exchanges.

THROWBACK TO REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL • 2018

TAIM NOLITA • Nasrin

JUNE 14th, 2018 • All day, from 3pm to 9pm

Chef Nasrin gave Taim Nolita’s wonderful menu a spicy Iranian twist with her falafel of the day!

LE COQ RICO • Nasrin

JUNE 16th, 2018 • Dinner

Chef Antoine Westermann welcomed Nasrin in his restaurant where guests enjoyed a co-created menu honoring poultry.

PORSENA • Diaa

JUNE 17th, 2017 • Dinner

This convivial East Village Italian restaurant turned Syrian for an evening, offering chef Diaa’s mezzes to guests.

The Team

Why did Céline and Justine wanted to get involved in organizing the Refugee Food Festival in New York?

Because food is a source of joy, it is a universal language that brings people together. We believe that the Refugee Food Festival is a great way to explain how rich and interesting the culture of refugees is to the world. As citizens, we wanted to be part of this wonderful project, which is an incredible human adventure, made of incredible peoples“.

We warmly thank them as well as Eat Offbeat and the UNHCR for their support!

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WITH THE EXCEPTIONAL SUPPORT OF:

Eat Offbeat, for authentic ethnic food, made by refugees in New York.

International Rescue Committee, to help people whose lives and means have been shattered by conflict and disaster, to assist them in their recovery and regain control of their future.

Emma’s torch, a social enterprise that empowers refugees through culinary education and job preparation.

Tanabel, a catering and events company that employs refugee women with exceptional culinary skills.

Catholic charities Archdiocese of New-York, helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need, whether they are Catholics or not.

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.