Event: Syrian pop-up Conflict Café puts peace on the table

Conflict cafe London Syria

Pop-up restaurant returning to London

Pop-up restaurant, Conflict Café, is returning to London. Running from 21-23 September, it will explore the Syrian crisis through the country’s cuisine and celebrate the power of food to break down barriers and get people talking.

Now in its fourth year, Conflict Café, created by  charity International Alert, has highlighted cuisines and conflicts from Sri Lanka to Colombia, inspiring strangers to connect over the concept of peace through food. This year it will focus on Syria.

Diners will sit at communal tables in the underground tunnels of House of Vans in Waterloo on London’s South Bank to enjoy traditional dishes by Syrian chefs from Ayam Zaman, a restaurant specialising in the cuisine of the Dam.

Conflict cafe London Syria

Conflict Café is part of the Talking Peace Festival organised by International Alert, a four-day festival highlighting creative ways to build peace.

Conflict Café is running in partnership with Grub Club, House of Vans London and Cult Events


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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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