Our story started in Calais
A group of us based in the UK were so moved by the plight of people escaping war, violence and oppression, we decided to help how we could, with food. So in August 2015 we travelled to Calais, taking bread, fruit, bedding and clothing donated from residents in Kent and London.
We prepared, cooked and shared food, music and poetry together in the Calais ‘jungle’, meeting people from around the world. Today many of us remain great friends.
In 2016 we continued to support the volunteer effort in Calais and Dunkirk and were donated an ex-army catering tent as a gift by Angelic Feast to continue our work. This gift inspired the idea of a roaming shared space, which together as co-founders we have called The Welcome Tent.
The Welcome Tent is a space where the universal languages of food, music, art and poetry bring people together. We did a trial run at the Hythe Life Food festival in the summer of 2016, doing food demonstrations and taster plates for over 200 people with 7 nationalities and 15 chefs including young people supported by Kent Refugee Action Network.
In March 2017 at London Book Fair, we met Palestinian Michel Moushabeck, founder of US based Interlink Publishing and publisher of Soup for Syria who supported our idea and has been an invaluable inspiration ever since.
The Welcome Tent has now started on a journey cooking 'Recipes of Hope' with people we meet around Europe - people who welcome and are welcoming. We invite you to join our journey.