Armenia-Turkey Conflict Cafe in London

Join International Alert and CBDN in London at the Conflict Café on 30th September, 1st October and 3rd October for an evening of food and discussion focusing on Armenia and Turkey.

Conflict Café is part of the ongoing Talking Peace Festival, organised annually by International Alert to showcase the power of words and creativity in building peace. This year’s festival is taking place in London from 4th September until 3rd October and involves a range of events and activities focusing on art, discussion, technology, film and food and the contribution they can make towards resolving conflicts and promoting peace.

Culinary outreach event in Gyumri, May
Culinary outreach event in Gyumri, May

CBDN has been working with culinary experts and homemakers from Armenia and Turkey since 2014. Our work explores and raises awareness of the commonalities in culinary heritage, bringing together cooks from the Shirak and Kars regions to cook these dishes together, sharing their experience and individual touches to the recipes. We have found that cooking and eating together creates a safe space for people to talk to each other about their similarities and differences, and provides a means of communication that defies language barriers.

Many dishes are still cooked on both sides of the border, including gata/kete - a traditional pastry
Many dishes are still cooked on both sides of the border, including gata/kete – a traditional pastry

Following outreach events in Gyumri and Kars, CBDN is now bringing the recipes collected from these regions to London. Guests will sit down to a delicious three-course meal of dishes cooked in both Armenia and Turkey. Over dinner, they will hear more about these countries, including the history and the current state of their relationship, and the ways in which CBDN and International Alert are using food to promote dialogue across the border. Diners will have the opportunity to discuss these issues with each other, as well as with representatives of CBDN and International Alert while enjoying the food.

Please join us at the House of Vans on 30th September, 1st October and 3rd October. Tickets are sold at £35 per person and can be purchased from the Grub Club website.