Have you ever tried Palestinian food? If not, here’s your chance to taste authentic Palestinian cuisine at a fun and uplifting local event. The Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign (HRPSC) is inviting the public to Come Dine for Palestine on 14th September at Concordia Hall in St Leonards at an event billed as ‘an evening of delicious dining and exciting entertainment’, all in aid of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). 

Gill Knight of HRPSC explains: “We’re so lucky that there’s a local Palestinian family who have carried on the culinary traditions they inherited from their parents.” 

As there are no Palestinian restaurants in the area, this is a one-off chance to take a culinary trip to Palestine without ever leaving Hastings. “Although there will be plenty of Middle Eastern dishes that many people recognise, like falafel, tabbouleh and houmous, there are many – like maqluba, musakhan and mujaddara – which are specific to this part of the world,” says Gill.

Many of these dishes and desserts have been cooked in Palestinian homes for hundreds of years and this will be authentic cuisine, not adapted for the English palate. “There will be plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, so everyone is well catered for and children and families are welcome.”

The Palestinian culture is rich in many ways, not just in food, so as well as a sit-down dinner there will be live musical entertainment throughout the evening and a raffle with top-notch prizes.

MAP is a British charity that provides immediate medical aid to Palestinians, while also developing local capacity and skills to ensure the long-term development of the Palestinian healthcare system. When Gaza’s March of Return began in March last year and the Israeli Defence Force opened fire, MAP was one of the first organisations on the ground, helping to treat complex limb injuries. In the past year it has provided vital medical supplies as well as over £1 million of equipment for orthopaedic surgery. 

For tickets and more information visit www.hastingspalestinecampaign.org  and click on the Come Dine for Palestine link (waged: £10, unwaged: £8)

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