Published Wednesday, 17th August 2022

This autumn, the Harlequin Theatre will once again host the hugely successful Syrian Feast pop-up restaurant in Redhill.

The special evening celebrating Syrian food and culture offers people a flavour of the delicious cuisine cooked by Syrian families resettled into the area.

The three-course feast will take place on Friday 21 October, from 7pm (with doors opening at 6.30pm) and includes delicious vegetarian and meat dishes and a range of meze and baclava. Tickets cost £20 per person and the venue will seat up to a maximum of 100 people.

This will be the fourth Syrian Feast event put on by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in Redhill, following two sell-out evenings in 2019 and a post-lockdown return in 2021.

Last year a collection of 17 authentic recipes, alongside fond memories of life in Syria, was shared by the Syrian families who have resettled in the area. The recipe book was the brainchild of refugee volunteer, Anna Tarrant, and was a response to the ongoing requests for recipes from people who had attended the successful Syrian Feast events. With the support of the Council and fellow volunteers, recipes were collected, tested and translated for publication. A Syrian Feast is still available to buy from The Harlequin Theatre box office at a cost of £5.

Councillor Caroline Neame, Executive Member for Housing and Support, said: “I’m delighted that the popular Syrian Feast pop-up restaurant is returning to Redhill. Sharing their food, which is such an important part of Syrian culture, is a wonderful way for the Syrian families to share their heritage. We look forward to enjoying their dishes with old friends and new.

“Through the Government’s global resettlement scheme, and the incredible support from dedicated volunteers, the Syrian families have been helped to develop independence and resilience and are able to contribute to, and thrive in, their new communities.”

Since 2015, 20 Syrian families have resettled in the area through the Government’s 2015 Global Resettlement Scheme and a partnership between Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council and Mole Valley District Council.

To book tickets for the Syrian Feast evening on Friday 21 October, visit The Harlequin Theatre box office in Redhill in person or online.

The Syrian Feast and recipe book also raise funds to support the resettled Syrian community with future projects to help increase skills, work experience and job opportunities.