Since April 2021, we have sold-out over 15 dining events with refugee chefs and asylum seeker chefs, in Sydney, Wollongong & Melbourne.

Fancy eating Syrian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan or Ethiopian food? Or want to learn how to cook these cuisines? Our refugee & asylum seeker chefs take home 50% of ticket sales. Get your tickets or you can buy a Pay It Forward ticket.

Contact us for team-building workshops and private events:


  • When: 12.30pm-3pm, Saturday 11th February 2023
  • Where: Canva Town Hall, 110 Kippax St, Surry Hills (10 mins from Central station)
  • How much: $80, includes a welcome drink

We’d love to invite you to our first Galentine’s Lunch, a lunch for the gals/women only, celebrating friendship, love, womanhood. You’ll be treated to a delicious 4-course Syrian feast by Racha’s Syrian Kitchen. We’re also donating a portion of the ticket sales to ReLove, a charity that provides good–quality furniture to families in crisis, for free.

Vegetarians will be catered for. Please advise us if you have food allergies too. The meat will be halal.

Malaysian pop-up at house of music and booze (sydney)

  • When: 12pm- 9pm, Saturday 18th February 2023
  • Where: House of Music and Booze, 161 Princes Highway, St Peters
  • How much: From $10

Welcome Merchant* is excited to announce our Pop-Up collaboration with The House of Music and Booze. Try the delicious Malaysian street food by one of our chef partners, Sangee’s Kitchen. Chef Malar and her family will be serving up their signature Malaysian friend chicken drumsticks, roti jala with vegetable, Nasi Lemak with prawn sambal and more! Vegetarians will be catered to as well. 

Go enjoy some cold beers or a glass of wine at the House of Music and Booze, while eating delicious food! You can also check out the talented Forest Claudette, he’s playing a live gig that night. Gig tickets here.


  • When: 6.30pm-9pm, Friday 10th March 2023
  • Where: Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden Street, Alexandria
  • How much: $50, includes an Afghan buffet

Join us for another night of frivolity, FOR  A GOOD CAUSE. The trivia will be hosted once again by the hilarious Jennifer Wong (ABC’s Chopsticks or Fork show) and the winning team will not only go home in a blaze of glory, but with full bellies and feelgood vibes.  Celebrate International Women’s Day with us, eat delicious food and win prizes! 

Vegetarians will be catered for. Our last trivia sold out within a week, so be sure you don’t miss out!

previous events:

End of Year Community Forum – 13/12/22

Our team and the merchants gathered at Canva Space for our first-ever Community Forum. A warm and insightful evening to share ideas and help plan for the year ahead.

Melbourne Xmas Market – 26/11/22

We were back for a second refugee-powered Melbourne market, offering socially-conscious gifts and delicious food at the Abbotsford Convent.

Sri Lankan Brewery Takeover – 30/10/22

Niro from Tuka Tuka KothuRoti Man was back to work his magic, serving up his famous delicious Kothu Roti and more at the Foreigner Brewing Co.

Arabian Night – 22/10/22

A night of authentic deliciousness! Racha’s Syrian Kitchen treated guests to a sumptuous, Arabic-inspired 3-course feast.

Welcome, the Exhibition – 19/10/22

A successful one-night exhibition showcasing 4 incredible and diverse artists and their artwork, highlighting acceptance, diversity and unity.

Pakistani Fundraiser Lunch – 25/9/22

An intimate, family-style 3-course lunch by Mazaidar Foods and Chef Xinyi Lim to raise funds for victims of the Pakistani floods.

Trivia Fundraiser – 23/9/22

A deliciously appetising three-course meal centred around diversity, culture and great food.

Falastin Fair – 27/8/22

A day to share, honour, and educate about Palestinian culture through food and art.

Syrian x Filipino Dinner – 16/8/22

A deliciously appetising three-course meal centred around diversity, culture and great food.

Sri Lankan Brewery Takeover – 7/8/22

Niro from Tuka Tuka KothuRoti Man took over Foreigner Brewing Co in Brunswick to share his delicious Kothu Roti dishes, and more.

Ethiopian Lunch – 30/7/22

A heart-warming 3-course Ethiopian lunch with Ethiopian-Australian chef Tinsae Elsdon.