Tamil Feasts, Socially Minded Food At CERES

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MELBOURNE | Tamil Feasts is one of those initiatives that we love to hear about at The City Lane. Started by the good folk at CERES, Tamil Feasts is a social enterprise that supports recently settled asylum seekers with a focus on food and culture.

3 nights a week, Sri, Nirma, Niro and Nigethan, a group of Tamil men currently seeking asylum in Australia, prepare a selection of traditional Tamil dishes for guests, getting the opportunity to work and interact with the community in which they are wanting to become a part of. Guests get to show their support for the asylum seekers by attending, and of course get to enjoy some tasty and authentic Sri Lankan food. Some of the things you can expect to enjoy at Tamil Feasts include curries, chutneys, vadai, dahl, kormas and masalas.

Each night of Tamil Feasts offers something a bit different. On Mondays, guests have the option of a vegetarian/vegan option or a non-vegetarian option. Nigethan was a fisherman before moving to Australia, so this night has a seafood focus. Tuesday nights are exclusively vegetarian and vegan, and on the 4th Tuesday of every month there’s a “spice night” for those who like a lot of extra kick to their food. On Friday, it’s a selection of non-vegetarian, vegetarian, and vegan options. Each night there’s also a cash bar for those who want a drink.

Monday and Tuesdays are held in the CERES Community Kitchen, while Friday’s feasts are held at CERES’ Merri Table Café. It’s communal, group seating, which further enhances the community, people focus of the feasts.

The City Lane was invited to check out the inaugural Friday night feast and made a few new friends on the night, having great conversation with a range of interesting guests from all walks of life. The food that we tried was outstanding, especially the fried onion bhajji with coconut sambal, lamb curry with biryani rice and cardamon and cashew nut halwa. We’ll admit that we aren’t too familiar with Sri Lankan food, but after our meal at Tamil Fests we’ll be sure to be exploring the intricacies of the cuisine further.

The food is $30.00, and as these nights sell out, you have to book in advance on the Tamil Feasts website. If you bring along a take-away container and a $5.00 donation, the Tamil Fests team will even fill up the container for you to take-away.

If you like great food, and want to help out a genuinely great cause, then Tamil Fests in something we can wholeheartedly recommend to you. We know we’ll be back.

Tamil Feasts at CERES

Cnr Roberts & Stewart Streets
Brunswick East
Victoria 3057
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9389 0128
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://ceres.org.au/tamil-feasts/

Open
Mon – Tue: 6:30pm
Fri: 7:00pm

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