Kamal Mouzawak

Souk el Tayeb

Kamal Mouzawak is founder of Souk el Tayeb, Lebanon’s first farmers market. He is a son of farmers and producers, who grew up in gardens and kitchens while tasting life, food and fruits at their source.

After studying graphic design, Mouzawak started his career in food and travel writing, which included teaching macrobiotic cooking and hosting as a chef on healthy cooking television show. These experiences pushed him to take a path of social and environmental transformation.

Since its first days in 2004, Souk el Tayeb had the vision of celebrating food and traditions that unite communities of small-scale farmers and promotes the culture of sustainable agriculture. Today, Souk el Tayeb is an institution that organizes a weekly farmers market, “food & feast” regional festivals, “souk @ school” education and awareness programs, el tayeb newsletter, “dekenet Souk el tayeb” and the latest project of “tawlet Souk el Tayeb,” the farmers’ kitchen.

The Tawlet was founded in 2009. Before that, Mouzawak spent years as a food and travel writer. He was named New Hero by MONOCLE magazine in 2008 and Arab World Social Innovator by Synergos in 2009. He was also named an Ashoka fellow in 2011.