CURATED Events

Fancy eating Syrian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan or Ethiopian food? Or want to learn how to cook these cuisines? Get your tickets below to one of our events! Our refugee chefs take home 50% of ticket sales. Contact us for team-building workshops and private catering events: hello@welcomemerchant.com


SYDNEY- FALASTIN FAIR (pALESTINian forum, food & fashion)

Where: 2 Lacey Street, Surry Hills
When: Saturday 27th August, 12pm – 4pm

Join us for a day of celebrating Palestinian culture, food and learn about how you can support the Palestinian cause. There will be a forum, hosted by Palestinian-Australian community organiser, Amal Naser, a proud third generation Palestinian refugee and organiser living on Gadigal land. She is currently in her fourth year of studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Amal will be joined by Sara Saleh, a human rights lawyer, community organiser, writer, and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon, currently living on Gadigal land with her 2 cats Mocha and Chai, Arwa Abousamra,  Palestinian Australian author born in Saudi Arabia, author of memoir Tea with Arwa and the author of short story Muslim footprint published in the Anthology Coming of Age by A&U 2014 and Dr. Barbara Bloch, convenor of Palestine Fair Trade Australia since 2016. She has worked in numerous capacities for many decades in solidarity with Palestinians, seeking a just peace in Palestine/Israel.

Palestine Fair Trade and Yummy Yummy Knafeh stalls will be there too. Booking is essential, buy your ticket below.

pOSTPONED MA’AMoULS baking class (Sydney)

  • When: tbc
  • Where:

HELLO FOODIES! After a sold-out cooking class in March, Chef Racha from Racha’s Syrian Kitchen (as featured in Good Food) is back to teach you all how to bake ma’amouls, their famous buttery cookies. She’ll be joined by her business partner, the pastry master, Chef Nidal Alali. Ma’amouls, meaning ‘filled’ in Arabic, is a handmade shortbread cookie pressed into a carved, wooden mould and stuffed with a variety of fillings such as dates, walnuts and pistachios. They are buttery and melt in your mouth. Ma’amouls are usually made after Ramadan, Chef Racha tells us that her home city, Damascus, is usually filled with the sweet aroma of ma’amouls at this time.

Below are the reviews from our Goody Box customers that included the ma’amouls:

“I don’t know if I deserve them”

“Possibly the best cookies I’ve ever tasted”

“They are so addictive”

This baking class will make an excellent Mother’s Day gift, a cute Sunday sesh with your friends or a date with your lover. Ticket includes a refreshing drink. After baking, we will sit down for an afternoon tea together. You will be taking home a recipe card, the cookie moulds (optional) and of course, your own ma’amouls.

As a social enterprise, we give 50% of the ticket sales to the refugee and new migrant chefs and we split the food costs with them at 50/50. BAKE WELL TO EMPOWER

Check out the FB page of Racha’s Syrian Kitchen


Photos from our previous events:

Syrian Cooking Class at Sydney Cooking School taught by Racha’s Syrian Kitchen on 2 March, 2022


Welcome Lunch for Newly-arrived Afghans at Afghan Gallery Fitzroy, in collaboration with AMES Australia & Host International on 26 February, 2022


Malay Fusion Night at 3 Tomatoes Cafe with Chef Sangee of Sangee’s Asian Fusion on December 9, 2021


Sydney Welcome Afghans Brunch at Zac’s Great Food on Nov 14, 2021


Syrian Pop-Up with Racha’s Syrian Kitchen at Cafe Freda’s on World Refugee Day on June 20,2021