Tamil Feasts

Sadly closing its doors in 2020, Tamil Feasts was a Melbourne-based social enterprise that supported the lives of four Tamil asylum seekers through thrice-weekly meals at CERES Community Garden. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday these men cooked up an amazing Tamil fare with the help of volunteers, and told their stories of survival to the throngs of budding attendees.

Over the course of 2018, I volunteered my time to fill the Tamil Feasts social media channels with content that sought to raise awareness of both Tamil Feasts and the importance of supporting asylum seekers in Australia.

Throughout my time managing the account, the Tamil Feasts Instagram focused on Tamil traditions, promoting community events, telling the stories of the four Tamil chefs and encouraging bookings for the weekly feasts.

Through a concerted effort to engage with Tamil Feasts Facebook audience and the popularity of Facebook Events at that time, I published regular Facebook Events for the ever-changing weekly menu and special events that Tamil Feasts is involved with. These events saw an immediate boost in bookings and interest for the weekly feasts.

An introduction with Lucy Feagins of The Design Files saw Tamil Feasts landing a feature article in the much-revered digital publication. I’ll happily take credit for making the connection, but let’s be honest, they would have probably made their way in there without me anyway. 

Much to the disappointment of the dedicated community of feast go-ers, Tamil Feasts was unable to ride the storm of the pandemic, but the connections I made over with the four Tamil chefs and various volunteers of the social enterprise remain to this day.

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