REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco hosted the Refugee Food Festival for the first time in 2018. It is then the beginning of a great adventure: the collaborations between chefs gave wonderful dishes, hundreds of people booked at the restaurants and the cooks guests find a part of dignity.
In 2018, the festival in San Francisco brought together 6 restaurants and 6 talented refugee chefs, to change our perception on refugee status, and make people discover flavors from elsewhere.
San Francisco 2018
2018 marked the first year of the Refugee Food Festival in the United States!
With six San Francisco restaurants welcoming six refugee chefs and their Myanmarese, Buthanese, Iraqi, Senegalese and Syrian cuisines, there was something for every taste there!
“I reached out to the Refugee Food Festival founders last summer in hopes of bringing the first edition of RFF stateside to San Francisco. I knew I wanted to bring it over from Europe right away. I believe SF is a great fit as an inaugural RFF US city because of its emphasis on integration and its celebration of diversity. I knew the social atmosphere embedded in SF culture would make it the perfect city to welcome RFF with open hearts. Not to mention the quality of food and the restaurant scene throughout SF are unparalleled.”
Sara Shah, RFF SF, 2018
We warmly thank Sara, her wonderful team of volunteers and UNHCR United States!
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The Catholic Charities of the East Bay: working with youth, children, and families to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families and pursue safety and justice.
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association: celebrating and empowering the restaurant community through advocacy, education, marketing, events and training.
The Jewish Family Community services east bay: promoting the well-being of individuals and families by providing essential mental health and social services through every stage of life.
Magnum PR: a full-service communications and marketing agency based in San Francisco, specializing in media relations, branded events, social media strategy, digital marketing, and influencer engagement for food, wine, and hospitality brands.
Oakland Bloom: advancing economic equity in Oakland by providing educational training and hands-on support for aspiring chef entrepreneurs from refugee, immigrant, and low-income communities who seek to start their own food businesses.
La Cocina: cultivating low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.
We Work: the co-working space creating a world in which people can “Make a life, not just a living”.
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.