What is The New York City African Food Festival?
The New York City African Food Festival is an annual African food and cultural experience. It will span on August 13 and 14 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It is a great opportunity for attendees. They can taste a wide variety of African dishes as well as be exposed to interesting culture.
What is special?
The food festival will span on August 13 and 14 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It is a great time for locals. They can taste a broad range of African dishes and enjoy the beauty of African diaspora through entertainment and arts.
The festival’s founder, Ishmael Osekre believed that locals can get a feel for Africa through the diverse lineup. Initially, he just wanted to organize a smaller concept in DumBo to serve 500 visitors. Because of the quickly spread through the borough as well as on social media, Osekre changed his decision with a larger event.
Osekre told Brooklyn Based that unlike African fashion and music, African food didn’t have steady momentum and exposure in mainstream American culture. Therefore, the festival is a chance for New York-er to experience the city’s multicultural community and taste many African popular foods.
There are many famous restaurants taking part in the festival and offering a diverse range of African food such as Ghanaian (Bronx), Nigerian (Queens, New York). The festival will also bring together artists and chefs from the African diaspora.
Additionally, there are mini-cooking lessons for visitors interested in African food and want to learn. This event is also a great opportunity to access to celebrated African chefs (if you have VIP tickets).
If you are vegetarian, the event also provides suitable options for you such as Kelewele, spicy sweet plantains and a popular snack dish from Ghana.
Like other food festivals, NYC African Food Festival also has live entertainment. However, this festival makes a strong impression by featuring local African artists as well as those based in Africa.