Throughout June, Cape Town will join cities like Paris, London and New York to host the Refugee Food Festival, where top restaurants will host refugee chefs in their kitchen for a series of exciting pop-up experiences.
Through the power of great cuisine, the Refugee Food Festival aims to change people’s perception of refugees by highlighting talent and culinary heritage of chefs from all over the world. They also aim to gain support from the restaurant community, and from the diners.
It all started in Paris, June 2016, when 11 restaurants and 8 refugee chefs first took part in the project. A few weeks later the founders had dozens of requests for the project to hit their cities too.
From there it spread to 13 cities across 7 European countries in 2017, and in 2018, Cape Town has become the first city in Africa to host the festival. We join cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York in this incredible initiative.
Cape Town will be hosting 15 chefs in 10 restaurants, including Chefs’ Warehouse in town and at Maison in Franschhoek, as well as Thali, Ginger & Lime and the Oranjezicht City Farm Market. Check out the schedule below.
Personally I am most excited about the chance to eat top class food from countries like Ethiopia, Palestine, Somalia, Angola and more. But more than that, this is a fantastic way to bring people from across the world together, uniting them across a common love – food.
Most importantly, it sheds a light on this humanitarian crisis our world is facing. By the end of 2016, 65.6 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. One person becomes displaced every 3 seconds.*