Taste of Africa is October 13!
The countdown to our one-of-a-kind cultural experience is on! Our 8th Annual Taste of Africa at the Teamster’s Temple in Lawrenceville on Saturday, Oct. 13 and you won’t want to miss what we have planned for you this year.
The VIP event begins at 6 p.m. and features specialty cocktail, hors d’oeurves, and performance by the Ibeji Drum Ensemble.
Main event begins at 7 and includes authentic Cameroonian buffet dinner (see complete menu below), open bar featuring South African wine and beer donated by Independent Brewing Company, live and silent auction, live painting, African music, dancing and more!
Mama Sylvia Nanji, board member and matriarch of Cameroon FDP, has confirmed the menu and we’re excited to share it with you! Check out the full list and detailed descriptions of each dish below.
VIP hors d’oeuvres:
Spicy meatballs – African-style meatballs slowly simmered in a spicy tomato sauce
Suya meat – a spicy shish-kebab popular food item in West Africa
Fruit – various fruits, commonly found in Cameroon and locally available
Ndole & fried plantains – sometimes referred to as the national dish of Cameroon, ndolé is a dish consisting of stewed peanuts or egusi (melon seeds), ndoleh (bitter leaves indigenous to West Africa), spices, and fish or beef, served with plantains
Jollof rice – a staple of West African cuisine with many variations, this dish includes rice with tomatoes, onions, meat, other diced vegetables, oil, salt, and spices
Fufu & njama njama – made famous by those from the Northwest Region, fufu is a dough made from boiled and ground cassava and is eaten with njama njama, a kind of vegetable sometimes called huckleberry
Pepper soup – a West African soup that is prepared using various meats, chili peppers and other spices as primary ingredients
Jerk chicken – grilled chicken prepared with various spices, similar to widely-known Caribbean jerk chicken
Puff puff – everyone’s favorite, a traditional African snack similar to a doughnut
Koki corn – aka African corn tamales; fresh corn is coarsely ground and mixed with spinach, palm oil then wrapped in banana or plantain leaves and steamed
Corn chaff – a corn and bean porridge enjoyed throughout West Africa
Jollof rice (v) – prepared without meat, this dish includes rice with tomatoes, onions, other diced vegetables, oil, salt, and spices
**We are extremely grateful to Ma and Pa Nanji and their entire family who leads the charge and coordination efforts with many locally-based Cameroonian women (to whom we are also very grateful) to ensure our attendees enjoy this amazing food. This event — and the work it supports in the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon — is not possible without their support.
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