You can also host a Feast as part of your community group. We’ve had some amazing Feasts from church groups, schools, neighbourhood communities and more. It’s a wonderful way to get together and celebrate the rich multicultural fabric of our community.
Register as a Feast for Freedom Community Host today and cook recipes gifted by refugees to help raise funds for people seeking asylum - it’s a meal that makes a difference.
Four Easy Steps
1. Register to Become a Host
Simply register your event here and kickstart your fundraising with a self-donation to your personal fundraising page.
Feast Week is Monday 18 – Sunday 24 March, but you can host your Feast outside of these dates if that’s more convenient for you. However, all Feasts should be hosted before Tuesday 30 April.
2. Receive Your Host Kit & Meet our Cooks
Discover the recipes gifted to you by Harchana and Reveka, learn more about their stories and start planning your menu.
Our Hero Cooks, both refugees in Australia, have hand-selected delicious dishes from their own cultural traditions for you to cook and share with your guests. You’ll receive their recipes in your Host Kit. You can cook the full menu from one of our Hero Cooks or a mix of recipes, including some of your own family favourites or past Feast recipes.
3. Plan Your Feast & Start Fundraising
Invite your guests and start fundraising by updating and sharing your fundraising page! Make sure you let your donors know the impact of their support.
Please note: we do not provide any ingredients or organise cooks for the recipes. You will need to purchase your own ingredients based on your menu and anticipated guest numbers.
Don’t forget to finalise your guest list and event details, source your ingredients and continue fundraising. If you need help updating your fundraising webpage, see our User Guide.
You can also join our Facebook Group where you can ask questions about hosting a Feast, share recipes and become part of our ever-growing Feast community.
4. Host Your Feast for Freedom
It’s time to Feast for Freedom, celebrate what unites us and raise funds for people seeking asylum! This is a time to enjoy great food and company, whilst having thought-provoking conversations relating to the refugee issue.
Don’t forget to use our handy online resources and items in your Host Kit, including the conversation cards to keep the dialogue flowing and learn more about the refugee issue.
If you have any other questions about Hosting or Feasting, check out our FAQ page for more information.
Cindy, Jewell Residents’ Feast Summer Dinner Series
“I decided to take part after seeing a Feast for Freedom poster on Sydney Road in Brunswick. I love cooking and sharing food with other people. I live in a building with 78 other apartments, so I naturally thought it would be a good event and community activity to include everyone in.
Other keen cooks also jumped in to Host and we ended up with a Feast for Freedom Summer Dinner Series with four different Feasts, helmed by a different host each week, across the month of March. It was the perfect opportunity to bond with our neighbours in the communal rooftop garden, and we managed to sample a range of cuisines across the month to suit everyone’s tastes.
Everyone had a wonderful time and we look forward to Feasting again.
My top tip: Keep it simple! We set a recommended donation amount of $20 to set the expectations and asked everyone to BYO cutlery, plates and drinks.”
Talei & Jo, Flinders Grandmothers for Refugees
“Hopelessly watching the escalating tragedy of refugees being detained in Australia, a small group from Flinders Grandmothers for Refugees, formed in 2014, decided to host a picnic to raise funds and support the work of the ASRC Feast for Freedom campaign.
Working together on menu ideas based on the refugee cookbook, cooking, and promoting our community picnic feast for 100 guests held in the beautiful grounds of our local church, was a wonderful experience for each of us and our small community. When you feel powerless the remedy is to do something and we did!
A delicious picnic boxed lunch with donated local wine, music and great company in a garden setting ensured the tickets sold quickly on TryBooking.
Numbers capped at 100 at $50 a head and the entire feast donated by the group and sponsors plus the added generosity of guests on the day ensured that we made close to an additional $4,000.”