Taste of peace: Conflict Café pop up celebrates Burmese cuisine

Burmese dining takes centre stage at Conflict Café, a pop-up restaurant devised by the peacebuilding NGO International Alert, that serves up peace through food.

With Myanmar featuring prominently in international news, the concept will run from 18-23 September, to mark the International Day of Peace (21 September).

The country has suffered decades of violence and is facing many challenges in the lengthy process of negotiating peace.

Diners will get a glimpse of what drives conflict and the case for peacebuilding in Myanmar, while experiencing the tastes and aromas of Burmese cuisine, brought to them by Anglo-Burmese cook Cordelia Peel, founder of Burmese dining concept, Bagan.

“Burmese food reflects the coming together of different ethnic groups that make up Myanmar’s population. Through combining the best aspects of their individual cuisines, they have created this unique and delicious food that is like no other,” said Cordelia.

Sitting at communal tables in a spectacular underground skate tunnel at House of Vans London, underneath Waterloo Station, diners will enjoy a three-course meal inspired by Cordelia’s Burmese heritage.

Markus Mayer, International Alert’s Regional Director, Asia, said: “Many cultures across the world have a tradition of coming together and reconciling differences by sharing meals. Through Conflict Café we aim to highlight regions that have experienced conflict and the importance of peacebuilding.”

International Alert works with people directly affected by conflict in Myanmar to build peace. The charity works with civil society groups across the country to build local capacities for peace.

Profits from Conflict Café Myanmar go towards supporting International Alert’s work building peace in the region.

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


Notes to Editors:

Press pack: www.bit.ly/ConflictCafe2018_press

For media inquiries, and to arrange interviews, contact:

International Alert:

International Alert is a leading peacebuilding organisation that works with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace, working in over 25 countries and territories around the world, including in Myanmar. www.international-alert.org

International Alert established pop up restaurant Conflict Café in 2014, celebrating the power of food to break down barriers and get people talking. www.conflictcafe.org

The House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives:

It’s a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs, rolls, or stomps through its door. Located in Chicago, Illinois and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us. www.houseofvanslondon.com


Eatwith is the world’s largest community for extraordinary dining experiences in over 130 countries. From a one off pop-up restaurant in a hidden London Museum, to an Italian family feast in Rome or even a cooking class in Tokyo. We connect hand-picked local hosts with locals and travellers looking for immersive experiences. Whether they’re home-cooks or Michelin-starred chefs, our hosts all share one special ingredient: a passion for bringing people together through food. ww.eatwith.com

Cult Events:

Cult Events is a creative agency where food and drink is the main event. From pop ups to product launches and from large-scale festivals to full time restaurants and bars, Cult creates experiences to savour; always executing to a high standard and innovating. It's all about venues and spaces where community is king and being remarkable is second nature. Check out The Wall SE1. www.culte.co.uk