With the city of Melbourne home to one of the most culturally diverse populations in Australia, we couldn’t think of a better place to connect people with others in their community, challenge racial stereotypes, and inspire inclusivity.
Similar to Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukah and other religious celebrations, Ramadan is a festive time of year. With Islamic culture often the target of bad publicity, we wanted to spread a message of Peace and Harmony so guests can experience first-hand what happens at a traditional Ramadan Iftar celebration in Egypt. Guests were treated to a 4-course authentic Egyptian meal, prepared by Casa Besta’s a 5-star chef.
‘Egypt on a Plate’ ensured guests were transported to Egypt through traditional Egyptian cuisine and culture with a 4-course authentic meal, prepared by Casa Besta’s a 5-star chef. The celebration began at 5:10 pm, as the sun went down over Functions on Chapel in Prahran with Egyptian Imam – Moustafa Hassan from Board of Imams Victoria opening the event with a call for prayer.
We were blessed to have a diverse group of people attend the event, including government officials such as the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Inga Peulich, and The Consulate-General, Mohamed Fakhry, from the Egyptian Consulate in Melbourne and Reem Sweid, founder of the Muslim Collective speaking about Muslim values
Guests enjoyed their meal over the sounds of the Qanan – a beautiful string instrument inspired by an old Egyptian harp played by Gem and Spice Road. Guests also experienced playing the darbuka drums with Cleopatra’s Drum.
The evening was emceed by 96.5 Inner FM Egyptian radio host, Jerry Guirguis, who kept everything running smoothly. With lots of raffles and lucky door prizes, the evening was a true representation of The Egyptian Ramadan Spirit and The diversity of The Australian Community in Melbourne.
We can’t wait to organise our next Egypt on a Plate event, to find out more about the event, read our recent blog post.