Freedom Feast

Food is well known for its power to bring people together and the recent Freedom Feast in Coffs Harbour was no exception.

The event, which was supported by Ability Links NSW, was an opportunity for Coffs Harbour area residents to celebrate Refugee Week with their enjoyment of food and freedom.

Close to 500 people responded to the invitation to attend with a wide variety of foods on offer.

Ability Links NSW, Program Manager Anna Thompson said the event was an inclusive event with people young and old with some attending in traditional dress.

“The community long table dinner included everything from Australian roast chicken in a take-away bag to a Spanish paella in a proper paella pan, Australian pavlova to Filipino cassava cake, and every delectable special dish in between.”

“We had food from countries including Afghanistan, Canada, Ethiopia, Ireland, Iraq, Japan, Scotland and the US.”

“Everyone's hard work paid off in many many ways, but the best of all was to see the smiles on all of the faces of community members of all ages and backgrounds, who had come together to eat, talk, sing and dance in a totally inclusive environment.”