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Nourishing Community: Melbourne’s Food Connectors


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Food is a unifying language. A home-cooked meal can not only be a nourishing expression of love and care but an opportunity to come together for a shared experience.

In this lunchtime event, hosted by Sonia Nair, a panel of culinary experts and enthusiasts, including Hana Assafiri, Aseel Tayah and Tayebeh will reflect on the power of storytelling through cooking. They’ll discuss the important role that food plays in the exchange of cultural and community knowledge and share their memories of connecting to home through food.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own lunch to the session, and sample some sweet treats for dessert, provided by social enterprise Free to Feed.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week


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Hana Assafiri

Hana Assafiri has dedicated her professional and private life to removing barriers that prevent women from living prosperous lives. By opening her first restaurant in 1998, the popular Moroccan Soup Bar in North Fitzroy–now an institution for many Victorians, Hana has provided employment opportuni... Read more

Aseel Tayah

Aseel Tayah is a Melbourne-based Palestinian artist, creative director and cultural leader who uses her practice to advocate for artists of colour, mothers, children and young people, ‘changing the world, one project at a time’. She has recently been described as ‘an unstoppable fo... Read more


Originally from Ilam, a Kurdish city in the western part of Iran, Tayebeh grew up with a fusion of influences from her Iranian grandmother and Iraqi mother. Tayebeh’s work and studies traverse architecture in Iran to child-care here in Melbourne, but her true passion is to share her traditional Ku... Read more


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