A Syriana banquet to help the refugees

Birmingham’s food lovers are being invited to a Syrian banquet that will raise money for refugees. The Taste of Syria banquet will be hosted on November 3 at Syriana, an independent Middle Eastern restaurant on Constitution Hill in the city centre city centre.

All profits will go to Oxfam’s appeal for Syrian refugees.

Organised by local food and drink guide Dine Birmingham, the event will be an upmarket dining experience, featuring live entertainment.

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal, featuring dishes freshly prepared by a Syrian chef.

The meal will begin with an assortment of mezze including falafel, flame-grilled red peppers, hummus, and fattoush – the cucumber and mint salad with toasted bread flakes.

For mains, there will be a choice of lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes.

Lamb shakreyeh consists of tender meat cooked in yoghurt sauce, while the chicken will be chargrilled and served with baked vegetables and garlic sauce.

Vegetarians will enjoy a rich sauce of lady’s fingers cooked in tomatoes and olive oil. All dishes will be served alongside seasoned rice and traditional Syrian flatbread.

Dessert comes in the form of assorted baklawa – Arabian pastries made with honey, nuts and pistachio. Alternatively, a seasonal fruit salad will be available.

A belly-dancing performance will entertain guests, while mellow Middle-Eastern background music will play throughout the evening.

Tickets must be prebooked and start at £30 per person, to include three courses and a soft drink. A £35 option includes a Lebanese beer or glass of wine.

More information and tickets can be found at