The Refugee Food Festival is back for the seventh year and is serving up global cuisine in a bid to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in today’s world.
In Bordeaux, six restaurants are serving up specialities made by refugees alongside their regular staff until June 18 ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. The project has been organised by Coline de Silans, who says, “the kitchen brings people together”.
Highlights of Bordeaux’s festival include a Tibetan dinner made by Lob Sang at Casa Gaïa, lunch made by Marie Nella from the Ivory Coast at Wanted Café and a Georgian ravioli workshop at Matsa Caffè, which kicked off proceedings. Tatiana, a Ukrainian sommelier who recently arrived in France, is also showcasing her skills in the world of wine.
The Refugee Food Festival is taking place in other cities around France as well, including Paris, Montpellier, Dijon, Strasbourg and Nantes – be sure to check out the website or the organisation’s Facebook page to see if you will be anywhere near an event during your holiday as the festival runs until June 26. Cuisines highlighted are widely varied, from Syria to Sri Lanka to Peru.
As the organisers say: “Nearly 100 establishments, from the starred to the neighbourhood café, share their stoves with chefs who have taken refuge in France for these unique culinary collaborations. Changing the way refugees are viewed and supporting their professional integration are the objectives of this culinary and solidarity event.”