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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Event

  • What is Feast for Freedom?
    • Feast for Freedom is a shared food experience in aid of people seeking asylum. Held throughout Australia, it is a four day celebration of the flavours and cultural diversity that people seeking asylum bring to Australia. You can register to host your own feast, following recipes gifted by Our Cooks - a wonderful group of people from diverse places who were granted asylum in Australia. They have hand-selected these recipes from their own personal cookbooks for you to prepare in your home or workplace for family and friends to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Center in support of people seeking asylum.

  • When is Feast for Freedom?
    • Feasts will be held between Friday 26th March and Sunday 28th March 2021. Each host can choose the day and time they would like to hold their feast. If you are eager to host a feast but are not free that weekend, you can host your feast a bit before or after that weekend if that works best for you.

  • Where is Feast for Freedom held?
    • As a host, you have the freedom to choose where you would like to hold your feast. It could be in your home, your workplace, or even a park!

  • Why should I get involved?
    • Feast for Freedom gives you the opportunity to raise funds to support people seeking asylum in a fun, delicious and celebratory way with friends and family.

      Imagine sitting down to a tasty meal that has been made following recipes handed down generation after generation by a person who received asylum here in Australia... It’s going to be a delicious!

Hosting a Feast

  • How do I become a host?
  • How can I make my Feast COVIDSafe?
    • Unfortunately, we can’t forget the COVID elephant in the room.

      Please ensure you are hosting your Feast within your local authority’s guidelines, adhering to the social gathering limits within your household, office or space where you plan to host your Feast.

      Below are some tips to help ensure your event is COVIDSafe and help you navigate changing restrictions.

      • - Just before your Feast is due to take place, check the current COVID restrictions that apply to your area.
      • - Consider hosting your Feast outdoors and having a picnic style Feast in the park.
      • - Have hand sanitiser available and/or somewhere for your guests to regularly wash their hands.
      • - If you feel unwell, postpone your Feast, seek medical advice and get tested. Equally if a guest is unwell, please ensure they don′t attend.
      • - Host an ′iso′ friendly Feast over Zoom and everyone can cook the recipes together online. You can even do this with interstate or international friends!
      • - Alternatively you could deliver the dishes you′ve cooked to your guests as takeaway and then Feast together virtually on Zoom.

      If you have any questions or suggestions, contact us on feastforfreedom@asrc.org.au

  • Can I host a Feast if I am overseas?
    • Absolutely! When it comes to Feast for Freedom, you are free to hold your feast wherever works for you. Simply register as a host today.

  • What if I’m not available on the 26th to 28nd of March. Can I host my feast on another day?
    • Absolutely. While we encourage our hosts to hold their Feasts during that particular weekend, you are more than welcome to hold it a bit before or after if that works best for you.

  • Who will be cooking the feast?
    • As the host, you will be in charge of preparing the feast. Most hosts will cook themselves, but you can enlist the help of a friend who you know is a fantastic cook if you wish.

  • I’m not a great cook, can I still hold a feast?
    • Absolutely! Our cooks have hand-selected dishes that are simple enough for anyone to master and impress their friends with but you can also make adjustments or choose other recipes that you are more comfortable cooking.

      For those hosting their Feast in Melbourne, you can also add an authentic starter, side salad or dessert to your Feast with our award-winning social enterprise ASRC Catering. Use FEAST2021 for 15% off your next order meals.asrc.org.au.

  • Will a refugee or person seeking asylum come to my house and cook for me?
    • Due to the number of feasts that will occur throughout Australia over the course of the weekend, we will not be facilitating house visits by people seeking asylum or refugees. However, once you sign up you will receive personal messages and useful tips from Our Cooks by email.

  • Who should I invite to the feast?
    • Friends, family, coworkers, neighbours - it’s your choice!

  • How to invite your guests to my Feast?
    • You can invite your guests by sharing the link to your fundraising page; you could set up a Facebook event, send an email or even an SMS. We've also mocked up some handy invite templates which you can access on our Resources page. Once your guests have the URL for your fundraising page they can then RSVP and donate directly to your Feast.

      When asking people to join you, one of the most important things to share with them is why you’ve chosen to host a Feast, and why this cause and this event are important to you.

  • What will be sent to me?
    • We will send each host a complementary kit with a recipe booklet, a table centrepiece, conversation starter cards to use at your feast and a few special surprises.

  • Is there somewhere I can go to connect with other hosts?
  • Can two (or more) people co-host a feast?
    • Yes you can have a co-host but all communications will be sent to one person so we recommend you register with the details for the co-host who prefers to receive RSVP and Donation details.

Attending a Feast

The Recipes

Fundraising & the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre