We ran four events to enable cultural exchange between asylum seeker, refugees and allotment holders. At times it felt like a leek and potato soup marathon. The soup was an initial discussion point of cultural exchange especially around the spicing and flavouring of food. Food is always a great social leveller. Ron from the allotments discussed typical English vegetables including leeks and sprouts to groups of asylum seekers and refugees. Thanks to support from two ESOL English Teachers (Bridie Sharkey and Sarah Bryne) and the Women Together Group (coordinated by Emma Atherton) at Asylum Link Merseyside, it was possible to work alongside forty one Asylum Seekers and Refugees. What was interesting was that many were unfamiliar with leeks as a vegetable with the exception of one Iraqi woman from Baghdad who cooked rice and allowed shredded leeks to steam on top. The leek and potato soup went down surprising well and special effort had been made to preserve the green leaves of the leeks from the allotments as that maintains most of the nutrients. Other interesting discussions were around the similarity of broad beans to beans that you can get in North African countries. This project was supported by Liverpool City Council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund and Support for Asylum Seekers.