Food, Stories & Soul : 2019 Refugee Week Launch
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Food, Stories & Soul : 2019 Refugee Week Launch

Join us as for the national launch of Refugee Week at Grub Fitzroy.

In keeping with our Refugee Week theme; 'Share a Meal, Share a Story', we will be putting on a 3-course smorgasbord of delicious middle Eastern food, cooked by people who have come to Australia as refugees and brought to you by Free to Feed.

While you eat, people from Australia's refugee communities will join you to break bread and share their stories of freedom and belonging.

And if all that wasn't enough, we will tickle your eardrums and satiate your soul with live spoken word from the inimitable Flora Chol.

We have a very limited number of tickets due to venue capacity, so snap yours up now before they sell out.

To purchase tickets follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/food-stories-soul-2019-refugee-week-launch-tickets-62829939039

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Northside Charity Ball
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Northside Charity Ball

A celebration of good food, booze, music and community at the beautiful Thornbury Theatre! We’re throwing a big party for a good cause, raising funds for Free to Feed, a local organisation providing employment pathways for new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

Live music from dynamic duo, The Twoks and big band, Horns of Leroy plus a DJ set by Fee B Squared (Triple R legend). Feast over a massive spread of incredible food made by the gorgeous people at Free to Feed.

Dust off your party frock and put on your best dancing shoes, for a night out with your crew.

TICKETS INCLUDE:
Complimentary drinks for the first hour (beer, wine, soft drink)
Dinner feast by Free to Feed
Live music, featuring The Twoks and Horns of Leroy
DJ set by Fee B Squared (Triple R)

Tickets are strictly limited so get your gang together and come party with us. Max 10 per table.

Get your tickets HERE.

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Farida's Bohri Thaal Experience
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Farida's Bohri Thaal Experience

As part of our Understanding Ramadan events, Farida will be creating a Bohri Thaal experience, a communal meal taken together in the belief that families who eat together will stay together. We’ll be dining on glorious rugs and cushions, and learning about eating with our hands from huge thaalis! Farida will be guiding us through the whole experience, a tradition normally exclusively for members of this minority group. Bohra Muslims are clear about zero-wastage too, so come hungry (shouldn’t be hard if you’ve fasted all day!). There are some unique (and delicious) rituals for how the meal progresses, but we won’t spoil the surprise!

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Understanding Ramadan!
May
17
to May 31

Understanding Ramadan!

Ramadan is the biggest event of the Islamic calendar! This year it falls between Sunday 5th May and Tuesday 4th June. Whilst the important cultural activity is based on fasting, that certainly doesn’t mean there’s no celebration and feasting!

Traditionally meals, ceremonies and rituals are intimate affairs, shared with family and community. Because here at Free to Feed we believe in respect, curiosity and acceptance, we are reaching out to connect with Muslim communities and invite everyone to participate and show solidarity. What better way to come together than learning about new things over a feasting table?

During this time, our Muslim cooks-in-residence are preparing to celebrate Ramadan, and they’re cooking up some amazing events that will showcase their different traditions. We would love you to join us on this journey of discovery!

Read more about the events and book tickets below!

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Good Friday Bake Sale (plus Coffee, Flowers & Barbecue)
Apr
19
8:00 AM08:00

Good Friday Bake Sale (plus Coffee, Flowers & Barbecue)

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You are invited to Free to Feed's Annual BAKE SALE (plus Coffee, Flowers & Barbecue)!!

On Good Friday, 19th of April 2019, we’re holding our third annual Bake Sale to raise funds for Free to Feed's 2019 training program*. This years theme is Community + opportunity for Refugees & People Seeking Asylum!

We've got a really special line up this year spanning coffee, food and floristry and we're prepared to feed, caffeinate, nourish and inspire our huge community!

This year we are having a delicious COMMUNITY BARBECUE in our lovely courtyard (bring your kids): Sausages and burgers by Hagens Organic Butcher, made with love by legends including Julia Busuttil Nishimura of juliaostro with support from Northside Fruit & Veg and others!

DELICIOUS COFFEE SORTED (!!!) by: Coffee Supreme AU and Rushmore Coffee

BAKED GOODS, SWEET TREATS & CAKE by the likes of: Beatrix, Hunted + Gathered, Box Brownies, Nine Bakery & Patisserie, Red Door Corner Store, Northcote Bakeshop, Rustica Sourdough Bakery & Cafe, Small numbers, Mister Nice Guy’s Bakery, Loafer Bread, Cherry Cakes, Short Round Cobb Lane Dench Bakers, Fig & Salt, Sticky Fingers Bakery, Austro, Bad Love Club, WaWa Chocolatier, Tidbit Cakes, GF Precinct, Mile End Bagels (the list is still growing!)

Beautiful flowers from Melbourne's best: Katie Marx, Soho Roses, Georgie Boy Melbourne Melbourne & North St Flowers

Prizes by: Tivoli Road Bakery, Wide Open Road Coffee Roasters & Cafe & Terra Madre

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Apr
14
12:30 PM12:30

Free to Feed & The Builders Arms Hotel - A Special Sunday lunch at the Pub

Join us at the pub for a spectacular Pakistani lunch by Shahid Burney in collaboration with our head chef Andrew Barkham, with a menu that honours his roots. Shahid is currently seeking asylum in Australia and has previously been a restaurant owner in Pakistan and hospitality manager in Switzerland. He loves to cook the fragrant flavours of his home country - food designed to share, nourish, and bring people together. Read more about Shahid's story here.

The feast begins in the courtyard with canapés and a welcome drink - a chance for you to see and smell the main course cooking over hot coals before moving upstairs to The Bowery Room. 


MENU
$95pp including a small selection of drinks 

Pakistani street salad
*
Punjabi samosa & spiced chickpea
Seekh kebab with green herbs & ginger cooked over coals
Lacha paratha
**
Lamb, chicken & quail Karachi Sajji cooked over coals
Spiced pumpkin & heritage carrots with Dahi Malai sauce
Pilaf
***
Rasmalai - Saffron, green cardamom, pistachio & almonds

Book your tickets now through the link here.

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Dinner and Conversation: Stories of Feminism Abroad
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner and Conversation: Stories of Feminism Abroad

We felt so inspired by our International Women's Day event we’ve decided to run a series of Dinner and Conversation nights to dive deeper and share this intimate, beautiful and thought provoking experience with more of YOU!

Together we will explore unique experiences of gender inequality and feminism.

We’re bringing back our incredible panel of strong migrant & refugee woman, as well as the three course Middle Eastern feast, by our all-star catering team.

The thoughtfully curated menu will feature tomato and broad bean fūl, dolmades, mujaddara, a chickpea, cauliflower and lentil borek and delectable sweets.

If you missed out on our IWD events, this one's for you. Join us!

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International Women's Day 2019
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

International Women's Day 2019

Women! Dinner! Conversation! All under the stars.

Join us for our International Women’s Day 2019 event in the Free to Feed courtyard. Surround yourself with thoughtful women for a delicious dinner and intimate conversation.

We’re bringing together three strong and powerful refugee and migrant women to share their unique experience of femininity! The Panelists include Mahshid Barbzatabi, Rawan Abdal, and Farah Sharifi. The conversation and Q&A Panel will be facilitated by Loretta Bolotin, our very own lady-boss.

In a true celebration of the women, dinner will be produced by an ALL women dream team. You will enjoy an abundant and delicious three course Middle Eastern feast and walk away feeling nourished and inspired by both the outstanding food and conversation.

It’s going to be an incredible night and we can’t wait to celebrate WOMEN with you!

Bookings essential / Tickets are $78, kids under 5 can attend for free.

Our panelists:

Mahshid Babzartabi, is a former USA-educated business translator from Tehran and after arriving in Australian in 2013 has become an Iranian community advocate and leader, assisting members through food and facilitating community donations.. Reflecting on her reason to leave Iran Mahshid says, “I didn’t feel safe as a person and not free as a woman and not valued as a human being,”. With a big heart and a cooking prowess to match, Babzartabi is a living advocate of connecting and healing through food.

A qualified architect and business partner, Farah Sharifi has led some of the most interesting and prominent urban planning projects in Iran. She has also experienced the uncomfortable dichotomy of working as a professional woman in her country. Looking to broaden her opportunities, as well as her freedom of expression, Farah and her husband chose to pursue a new life in Australia, where she has had to rebuild her professional identity and community. As a talented amatuer cook, Farah has done so through volunteering her time and energy with Free to Feed, as well as taking the occasional starring role as an instructor and cook. While also completing her PhD in Urban Planning at Swinburne University, this creative foodie outlet has allowed Farah to not only to develop a new community, but also help other women find their own voice through her example.


Rawan Abdal is a hardworking, incredible woman. She attained a Bachelor's Degree in Biology in Mosul, North of Iraq. It was also in Iraq that she developed her skills and passion for cooking. In 2014, Rawan left Iraq with her husband, daughter (4) and son (2) in search for a better, safer life. Their migration journey took them to Turkey for two years before arriving to Australia in 2016. Rawan is the perfect example of a multi-hyphen person: she shares her culture and food with the Melbourne community as Cook in Residence at Free to Feed, she recently completed her certificate in Allied Health IV Physiotherapy from The Stirling Institute of Australia, and is preparing her family to soon become a family of five come June!

Free to Feed:
Free to Feed empowers [new arrivals] refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants through employment in the delivery of shared food experiences. We are the leading social enterprise provider of authentic food experiences and community building events in Melbourne. We represent a rich tapestry of talent originating from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia & Venezuela, for whom the Free to Feed program is life-changing and often their very first job in Australia!

Proceeds:
We are a registered Charity and all ticket sales fund the Free to Feed Program, allowing us to give more paid training, professional development and hands-on employment opportunities to our Cooks in Residence and expand on our catering efforts in 2019.

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Courtyard BBQ Sessions: Sri Lankan Village BBQ
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

Courtyard BBQ Sessions: Sri Lankan Village BBQ

Welcome to Sri Lanka. With some of the best cuisine in the world, Sri Lankan food culture is explosive and addictive and our resident Tamil cook Niroshan loves to share! Come feast with us as Niroshan treats us to his sizzling Tamil style village BBQ as part of our exciting new Courtyard BBQ Sessions! Niro will be curating a special menu including delicious seafood, chicken and vegetarian options. This Sri Lankan Village BBQ will give you a sense and taste of Niro's home village on the east coast. Beers and wines will be flowing, and the sun will be shining on our brand new courtyard! Join our intimate Sri Lankan Village BBQ in Northcote.

Bookings essential / Tickets are $51.50 per person, kids under 5 can attend for free.

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