Conflict Café


“When you eat with someone, you can’t betray them” – Arab saying

International Alert’s food pop-up Conflict Café is back for its third year in September, when it will be exploring the cuisines and conflicts of two more countries: Lebanon and Sri Lanka. Tickets are available HERE.  

The pop-up, which celebrates the power of food to break down barriers and get people talking, invites diners join communal tables where they are treated to a feast of traditional dishes from countries that have experienced conflict around the world.

Great food is at the heart of Conflict Café – but it’s also an informative and interactive dining experience. Guests will find out more about the issues facing the country in focus by hearing from the chef and Alert experts at brief intervals throughout the three-course meal.

This year Conflict Café is returning to the spectacular underground tunnels of House of Vans London for two weeks. First up is Lebanon week, where chefs will take diners on a culinary journey through a country that, a generation on from civil war, is experiencing new pressures from the Syria crisis. The focus will then shift to the delicious flavours of Sri Lanka – where International Alert first started its peacebuilding work thirty years ago.

The dates

  • Conflict Café Lebanon: Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 September (evening dinners)
  • Conflict Café Lebanon brunch special: Sunday 25 September
  • Conflict Café Sri Lanka: Thursday 29 September – Saturday 1 October (evening dinners)
  • Conflict Café Sri Lanka brunch special: Sunday 2 October

Tickets are now on sale for all the above dates. Click here:

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Read a review of Conflict Café 2015 here.

Conflict Café is running in partnership with Grub Club, House of Vans London and Cult Events.

Photo © International Alert / Sal Alexander