SSI News Blog

On April 30, eleven men and women from the Ezidi community were involved in a traditional food night at the Café Patisserie on Taylor Street in Armidale.  

The evening was the result of a beautiful relationship, which flourished as a local Ezidi family regularly dropped off bread to their local café, just as they would do for their neighbours back in their home country.

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Cafe Patisserie owner, Enora (second from left) with members of the Ezidi community who cooked on the night.

Enora and Nathan, owners of the cafe, began to give croissants to the family in return. 

To make the Ezidi Food Night a reality, community member and valued friend of SSI, Sue Vile, worked with SSI’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Sam Airs, to organise the night where members of the wider community could come together and share a traditional Ezidi meal cooked by the eleven Ezidi community members.  

Sixty tickets were offered but, in a stunning turnout, over 70 people arrived, hungry to sample this traditional cuisine born and perfected over centuries in the mountain ranges of Northern Iraq. All profits from the evening were fed back into the Ezidi community to explore more great projects and initiatives in the future   

Café owner Nathan said, “Food is a great way to bridge cultures; it’s a shared language."

SSI’s Sam Airs also called it “an incredible night of welcome where the local and newcomer community came together for a beautiful evening that was so much more than a dinner”.

To date, almost 300 Ezidis have arrived in Armidale and have been working excitedly to build their new lives in the community.

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