By Erin Leach

    This March the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is calling on foodies and home cooks to join them in a celebration of food, culture and community as a part of their annual Feast for Freedom fundraising event in support of people seeking asylum.

    Returning in its second year this March 19th to 22nd, more than 700 people are expected to take part and host a “Feast” in their home or workplace, cooking dishes from recipes gifted by refugees to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, an independent not-for-profit supporting people seeking asylum.

    This year’s Feast for Freedom will feature recipes from Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and Iran lovingly gifted by the event’s featured cooks Genet, Veronica and Hamed respectively.

    Hamed Allahyari one of Feast for Freedom 2020’s hero cooks has gifted three Persian recipes close to his heart. Hamed fled Iran for a chance at safety in Australia in 2012 and now calls Melbourne home.

    “Cooking is my passion and I love feeding people. I hope people enjoy these recipes, they are my favourites.” Hamed said.

    Join the thousands of people breaking bread together during this year’s event by registering to host your own fundraising Feast at or call 1300 692 772.

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is an independent not for profit offering more than 40 holistic programs that protect people seeking asylum from persecution and destitution, support well-being and dignity, and empower people to advance their own future.

    Food is at the heart of all communities, it transcends borders and language and celebrates and centres our shared cultures, stories, histories, journeys and humanity.

    – Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).  

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