Le Refugee Food Festival, a time of meeting and conviviality around the kitchen

Awareness of the situation of refugees, discovering the different culinary heritage: this is the goal of the Refugee Food Festival. The solidarity event, present in ten cities in France, is back for the sixth time in Bordeaux, from Monday to June 18 next.

The prince? Refugees, who are cooks or simply competent in the field, prepare lunches or dinners in their country of origin in restaurants, accompanied by staff. This year, there will be six special locality proposals. The festival is being held on the occasion of World Refugee Day, which takes place on June 20.

Tibetan dinner and Ivorian lunch

A daily event will be offered, each time in a different restaurant. A kind of “changing the look” in the situation of refugees, also in “helping them to integrate professionally”, as explained by Coline de Silans, project leader this year. “The kitchen is gathering,” smiled the young woman, before adding that “these are always good times.”

In particular, it will be possible to enjoy a Tibetan dinner on Tuesday 14 June, prepared by Lob Sang, at Casa Gaia (Chartrons), or to discover an Ivorian lunch concocted by Marie Nella at the Wanted Café (Capucins), on Thursday 16 June. On the evening of June 18, the festival will close at the Garage Moderne (Bacalan), where dinner will be accompanied by dances and a concert.

With a sommelière ukrainienne refugee in France

This year, Tatiana, a Ukrainian sommelier who recently arrived in France, will be especially featured. To meet the refugees participating in the operation, Coline de Silans goes through various structures, such as the Center Provisoire d’Hébergement (CPH), or the Diaconate of Bordeaux.

The events will be open to all. The Georgian ravioli preparation workshop at the Matsa Caffè (la Bastide), which will open the festival, will be participatory. However, the appointment is not free. Rates for and access will be determined “according to the usual restaurant prices”, as explained by Coline de Silans. Reservations are made directly with the establishments.

Find here the whole program of the festival.

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