The ASRC’s Feast for Freedom returns in 2022 to celebrate refugees, food, community and the things that unites us. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s (ASRC) Feast for Freedom is an annual food and fundraising event held in March in aid of people seeking asylum. Feast for Freedom is a dinner party with a difference – where people learn to cook recipes that have been gifted by refugees and invite their friends to make a donation to the ASRC, an independent not-for-profit supporting and empowering people seeking asylum.
Returning for its fourth year, Feast for Freedom is a celebration of refugees and Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s also an opportunity for Australians to stand in solidarity with refugees and celebrate what unites us – food, culture and community. The ASRC are calling on the public to host their own Feast for Freedom in a covid-safe way, either in their homes or in the workplace, to raise funds that support
people in their journey to freedom. People can register to host a Feast for Freedom by visiting www.feastforfreedom.org.au.
Registered hosts receive an official Feast for Freedom hosting kit in the post which includes the exclusive refugee recipes plus a digital fundraising webpage to help make hosting and fundraising as easy as possible. This year’s Feast for Freedom will feature recipes gifted by featured refugee cooks Mahshid an Iranian cooking instructor from Persia; and Manel a Malaysia-Indian Chef who is employed full-time with ASRC’s social enterprise, ASRC Catering. Collaborating cooks are remunerated for their recipes and their time, and the ASRC are honoured to be working with Mahshid and Manel for this years’ Feast for Freedom campaign.
Celebrity Chefs Darren Purchese of Burch and Purchese and 2021 Masterchef runner up Kishwar Choudry are official ambassadors, gifting their own recipes to Feast hosts and lending a hand in the kitchen. By participating in a Feast for Freedom, people will not only discover new cuisines and cultures but hear the stories of those who have sought safety in Australia and learn more about the refugee experience and the challenges people face in their journey to freedom.
The money raised through Feast for Freedom helps fund the ASRC’s Foodbank and other services so people seeking asylum who are living in the community have fresh food and groceries each week and can access things like free healthcare and legal support, material aid, housing assistance and support with employment and education.
The ASRC’s official Feast for Freedom weekend is Friday 25 – Sunday 27 March with final donations closing on Saturday 30 April 2022.
People can register to host a Feast for Freedom by visiting www.feastforfreedom.org.au.