Refugee Food Festival, Madrid, 13 to 22 June, 2019

Once again, Madrid celebrates the Refugee Food Festival, starting…

Very soon!

Yes, the Refugee Food Festival is back, for its 4th edition, and it’s happening in Madrid from June 13 to 22, 2019.

The event brings refugee chefs into established restaurants, for an unforgettable evening (or afternoon) cultural exchange and great food.

And if you’re not in Madrid, it’s also happening in about 15 other cities around the world, like New York, Cape Town, Geneva, Bologna, Marseille and more.

Read on for more information…

Refugee Food Festival dates and locations

You can of course get more information on the official website, but here’s a quick rundown of dates and locations.

Thursday 13 June

Fiaschetteria La Saletta – Syrian Cuisine for lunch and dinner with chef Heaven H. (Located in Mercado de Antón Martín, Calle de Santa Isabel, 5, 2nd floor.)

Swagat – Syrian cuisine for dinner with chef Noor M. (Located at Calle de Núñez de Balboa, 29.)

Friday, 14 June

Yokaloka – Iraqi cuisine for dinner with chef Eshrak S. (Located inside Mercado de Antón Martín, Calle de Santa Isabel, 5.)

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Yokaloka serves sushi and ramen in Mercado de Anton Martín in Madrid. That’s her, on the left. Photo by Jane Mitchell.

Monday, 17 June

Lomo Steak & Beer – Syrian cuisine for lunch with chef Wesal A. (Located at Calle de Toledo, 13.)

Tuesday, 18 June

Refusión – Syrian, Sudanese and Venezuelan cuisine for dinner delivery, with chefs Ahmed A, Hala D and Jose Valentin A. More information at

Wednesday, 19 June

Gigi Restaurante – Syrian Cuisine for dinner with chef Wesal A. (Located at Calle de Luchana, 13, Bajo A.)

Thursday, 20 June

Amicis – Syrian cuisine for lunch, with chef Hala D. Located inside Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza del Conde de Miranda, 4.

Banibanoo – Syrian cuisine for lunch, with chef Noor M. (Located at Calle de las Mártires Concepcionistas, 19.)

El Mandela – Guinean cuisine with chef Ahmad C. (Located at Calle de la Independencia, 1.)

Saturday, 22 June

Foodlab – Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine for dinner with chefs Magedda A. y Saul S. (Located at Calle de Juan de Herrera, 3.)

All the month of June

Al Aga – Syrian cuisine for takeaway and delivery with chef Labib A. (Located at Calle de Villaamil, 52.)

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At Fiaschetteria la Saletta, also at Mercado de Antón Martin. Photo by Jane Mitchell.

Like I said, you can get more info about the festival at the link above. And for phone numbers and opening times, consult your friend Google.

Of course, this festival is organized with the help of Natalia Diaz from Kusina Madrid and my brilliant friends at Chefugee.

You can check out the Chefugee website for similar pop-up kitchen events, which happen from time to time in Madrid. And the Kusina Madrid blog for all the best in cuisine and cross-culture stories.


Want to help out with refugees in Madrid?

The Refugee Food Festival is just the beginning.

If you want to do more, you can get in touch with Madrid for Refugees to see if there’s something you can volunteer for.

Or you can come to boxing in Retiro, with our heroic trainer, Gibril from Gambia. If the planets align, you might see me there too.

Anyway, I’ve been to a few of the chefugee dinners, a lot of boxing classes, and a few other events, and I can tell you this about the refugees I’ve met: they’re absolutely normal people just like you or me…

They just happened to be born in some pretty difficult times and places.

So help out if you can…


Mr Daniel.

P.S. Not sure if I have a P.S. today. Maybe next time. In any case, I hope you enjoy the Refugee Food Festival. Have fun!


How did I end up in Madrid? Why am I still here 12 years later? Excellent questions. With no good answer... Anyway, at some point I became a blogger, bestselling author and contributor to Lonely Planet. So there's that. Drop me a line, I'm happy to hear from you.

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