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African Restaurant Week Festival 2019 in NYC

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Oct. 10 2019, Updated 9:21 p.m. ET

Fall is here, which means we don’t have to worry about getting summer bod anymore – it’s winter body season! Taste Of Africa USA is bringing the much-anticipated African Restaurant Week Festival to Harlem, New York. So put your high-waisted jeans away and take your sweatpants out, ’cause we’re gonna eat like there’s no tomorrow.

“New York African Restaurant Week emerges from the culture of taste and seeks to expose both Africans in the Diaspora and those curious about exotic foods to the intricacies of African cuisine; African Restaurant Week is a movement, creating cultural dialogues that develop more understanding and bridge the social polarities of a diverse society like New York.”

There will be a food extravaganza at Mist Harlem on 46 West 116th St this Saturday, October 12th from 12pm-9pm, featuring Celebrity Chef food demonstrations, Top Afrobeat DJ’s, wine and food tastings, music, art, dance, and cultural performances to bring Africa to you. Check out the video below for a recap of last year’s African Restaurant Week.

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This African food and culture experience is founded by Nigeria-native Akin Akinsanya, who said in a recently statement that coming from Africa to the US some 20 years ago, “I was missing the traditional dishes from my mother’s kitchen.” He ended up stumbling upon a few African restaurants in New York, and they made him felt like he had a taste of home.

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“Many people in New York would find the dishes from Africa surprising on many levels. The various flavors that come together and each country, each region of the continent will bring their own spin, their own ‘touch’ to each dish.”

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“Many people in New York would find the dishes from Africa surprising on many levels. The various flavors that come together and each country, each region of the continent will bring their own spin, their own ‘touch’ to each dish.”

This year, there will be restaurants and food vendors representing cuisines from different parts of Africa – North, South, East, and West – including but not exclusive to: Congo, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria, Guinea, Haiti, Jamaica, and Ghana.

Catering to different demographics, there will also be local, international, celebrity, and vegan chefs doing cooking demonstrations, so you can learn a little too.

Don’t forget about the live DJ sets from DJ OB1DJ Suav, DJ Femi, and DJ Backbreaker; as well as special music performances by Isaac Katalay, Afro Allure, and many more!

For people in the food industry, there will be a panel discussion about self-care and wellness in your particular line of work.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore African cuisines. Get your tickets here.

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