The No. 11 Café is a community food initiative, launched at 11 Gordon Street in Huntly. Started in 2017 by anthropologist Marc Higgin and Lebanese-British artist Aya Haidar, the place is run in collaboration with Hayat Shahoud and Abeer Alhalabe, two women who are part of the Syrian new Scots community. The café opens on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10am until 4pm.
Many voices, reports and policies have pointed to a perceived lack of food culture in our town. Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire Council has, in the last two years, resettled over one hundred people from Syrian communities constrained to leave the Middle East due to political uncertainty. No.11 is a proposition to answer issues of integration and understanding by combining our cultures and sharing our skills and experiences.
The No.11 project means to explore ways of influencing and diversifying the local diet and food choices in Huntly, and provide place and opportunities to facilitate individual empowerment through workshops, classes, lectures and cultural gatherings. This is rooted in a belief that all aspects of food – from growing and exchange, to cooking and eating together – have a major role in cultural exchange and community building.
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