Who are the bakers?

Syrian refugee women & men, many of whom arrived in Phoenix in the summer of 2016. Most of them have limited English skills and are working hard to adapt to their new lives in Arizona–and to help their families adapt.

Why sweets?

Syria is famous throughout the Middle East for its food–particularly its sweets (halawiyat)!

What should I bring with me?

Sale is cash only. Bring small bills. We will have a limited ability to make change, so bringing $1 and $5 bills will make everyone’s lives a lot easier! And we will have a limited supply of pastry boxes on hand, but it’s not a bad idea to bring a tupperware container of your own to take home your delicious treats.

Are there vegan/gluten-free/nut-free options?

Yes, sort of. There are definitely traditional Syrian sweets that fall into these categories, but most of these dietary restrictions are not common in Syria. So they are not very familiar to our bakers. Part of their process of learning how to bake for an American audience is learning about American tastes. As they learn more, there will undoubtedly be some of the bakers who opt to cater specifically to these dietary needs.

Who are the organizers?

A small group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. We are not associated with any formal organization, though most of us are members of the Syrian Refugee Connection in Phoenix.

Where does the money go?

Directly to the woman whom you are purchasing the baked goods from.

What are your goals?

  • Help the bakers support their families and, in the long run, help the bakers who want to establish home bakery businesses get started.
  • Give the Syrian families an opportunity to interact with members of their new community and to share the richness of their culture and the deliciousness of their skills.
  • Give longer-term people of Phoenix the opportunity to welcome these new members of our community and learn something about them.
  • Build a stronger community through baked goods!

How do I get involved?

Join the Syrian Refugee Connection, or email us at contact@syriansweetsaz.com for our to find out more about opportunities to connect with new arrivals to  Phoenix.

How do I find out about future developments?

Through our Facebook group, Syrian Refugee Connection.