Flavours of Hope: Food & Race – Cultural Identity

Date(s) - June 6, 2020
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

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Join Flavours of Hope in an engaging conversation to explore the intersection of food and race with stories around a table.

About this Event

Flavours of Hope presents a three part conversation series to explore the intersection of food and race through the lens of cultural identity, resilience, and belonging.

The time of COVID-19 has created both a heightened sense of solidarity between people and an increasing division with the rise of racism. Food has the power to break down barriers, heal, and unite different people together around a table. By sharing food and stories together, we hope to shed light on how we are all interconnected.


Join us for our first online roundtable conversation on Saturday, June 6 with women from Flavours of Hope and special guest Iona Santos-Fresnoza, co-founder of Kapé, a social venture promoting ethically sourced, farmer-first, direct trade coffee from Philippine indigenous growers and batch roasted on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. This June, as Canada celebrates Philippine Heritage Month, she will reflect on how a humble cup of coffee can connect us and invite us to share stories and ideas.

Our hope is to create space and opportunity for participants to actively listen, learn new ideas, discuss questions, and take actions toward positive change. We will explore how we can use food and drinks to share our cultural identity, history, struggles, and celebrations.

Participants will receive a traditional recipe with a cultural snack and drink that they can easily make and enjoy during the conversation. A Zoom link and instructions will be provided to participants.


Tickets are pay what you can. All the ticket sales will support the work of Flavours of Hope in empowering women through celebration of food, culture, and stories.


Iona Santos-Fresnoza believes in the power of meaningful, purpose-led work. This is why she keeps both a full-time job with a non-profit and a full-time social venture. She co-founded Kapé, a social enterprise promoting ethically sourced coffee from Philippine Indigenous women coffee farmers. Kapé aims to not only make a positive impact on livelihoods in her homeland, but to contribute to the conversation on immigration, heritage, and identity.

Angeles Canedo is from Guadalajara, Mexico. She came to Canada with her husband and three kids four years ago. She loves cooking for her family and keeping their Mexican traditions, customs, and roots alive in their food. She is very proud of sharing her history and cuisine with people and being part of a multicultural community. Mexican culture often celebrates food, hospitality, and friendships around a table. “Every Mexican dish has a story, so you can find your own story, identity and sense of belonging through eating together.”

Trixie Ling is a Taiwanese Canadian who is passionate about creating intercultural spaces and opportunities to learn together, break down barriers, and build relationships through food. She founded Flavours of Hope in 2018 with the vision of empowering newcomer women to flourish and experience belonging in community through cooking and storytelling. She finds much joy in gathering around a table and eating with newcomers, neighbours, and friends.


This conversation takes place on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.



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