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African Gourmet Food and Wine Festival

  • Aug 31, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out!

Please Note: I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. It is FREE to attend the festival but you must pay for the food and wine tasting. Bring about $30 in CA$H for food and wine sampling. When you arrive at the venue, call me at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me.

Out of all the continental cuisines, I am least familiar with African cuisine. I have only tried a couple of African restaurants in the LA area, primarily Ethiopian, and I know there are many, many countries in Africa ach with their own cuisine. PP member, Joe, notified me about the African Gourmet Food and Wine Festival. So come join me in Downtown Culver City to taste and sample a variety of African cuisine!

From their website:


Be part of the event that will have the opportunity to showcase signature African dishes and specialties.


Downtown Culver City, where the event is held, has been the epicenter of one of the biggest cultural mixes.

Music and art are an integral part of the fabric of Africa; this festival will offer exciting live musical entertainment, art and special culinary demonstrations by local African chefs the entire  day.

African cuisine is a generalized term collectively referring to the cuisines of Africa. The continent of Africa is the second largest landmass on Earth, and is home to hundreds of different cultural and ethnic groups. This diversity is also reflected in the many local culinary traditions in terms of choice of ingredients, style of preparation and cooking techniques.

 African Food Information

African food is very diverse as Africa is the second largest landmass in the world.

Most of the food is prepared from locally grown fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, and meat products. Milk and whey are products that may be widely consumed in one area but not in tropical Africa. Many dishes are grain-based, from corn to rice  and couscous in Northern Africa. In Southern Africa, a place of many cultures, people are often defined and traced back to their ancestors by the types of food they consume.

African food is traditionally quite healthy, based on whole, unprocessed ingredients and full of a variety of nutrients.

Cassava is ubiquitous in Africa; the roots are high in starch, calcium and phosphorus, whereas the leaf contains a generous amount of protein.

A typical West African meal is heavy with starchy items, meat, spices and flavors. A wide array of staples are eaten across the region, including those of Fufu, Banku and Kenkey (originating from Ghana), Foutou, Couscous, Tô, and Garri which are served alongside soups and stews. Fufu is often made from starchy root vegetables such as yams, cocoyams, or cassava, but also from cereal grains like millet, sorghum or plantains. The staple grain or starch varies region to region and ethnic group to ethnic group.

North Africa lies along the Mediterranean Sea and encompasses within its fold several nations, includingMorocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Mauritania, and Egypt. This is a region marked by geographic, political, social, economic and cultural diversity, and the cuisine and the culinary style and art of North Africa are also as diverse as the land, its people and its history. The roots to North African cuisine can be traced back to the ancient empires of North Africa, particularly in Egypt where many of the country's dishes and culinary traditions date back to ancient Egypt.

The cuisine of East Africa varies. In the inland meat products are generally absent. Cattle, sheep and goats were regarded as a form of currency and  wealth, and are not generally consumed as food.  . Maize (corn) is the basis of ugali, the East African version of West Africa's fufu. Ugali is a starch dish eaten with meats or stews. In Uganda, steamed, green bananas called matoke provide the starch filler of many meals. 

The cooking of Southern Africa is sometimes called 'rainbow cuisine', as the food in this region is a blend of many cultures – the indigenous African tribal societies, European and Asian. To understand indigenous cuisine, it is important first to digress to understand the various native peoples of southern Africa. The indigenous people of Southern Africa were roughly divided into two groups and several sub groups. The largest group consisted of the Bantu-speakers, whose descendants today may identify themselves by various sub-group names such as Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Shangaan and Tsonga. They arrived in the region around two thousand years ago, bringing crop cultivation, animal husbandry, and iron tool making with them.

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  • SuNnY

    It's across from Trader Joes and the Culver Hotel.

    August 31, 2013

  • Steev

    I'll attend separately if I don't get added to this list.

    August 5, 2013

  • Toni

    I've only had Moroccan, Nigerian and Ethiopian. I used to have the Africa News Cookbook and cooked some South African, Tanzanian and Ghanaian food but doubt it was quiet right because of lack of access to the right spices. Very excited for this one.

    August 4, 2013

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