New York City, African Food Festival, Brooklyn, Brooklyn navy yard
Moin Moin/ moi moi (and chicken) is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding. (Courtesy: NYC African Food Festival) Moi Moi (and chicken) is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding dish. (Courtesy: NYC African Food Festival)

Foodies throughout New York City are preparing their palettes for the first ever African Food Festival on August 13 and 14 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The festival offers an in-depth exploration of food from coast-to-coast and the culture that is responsible for its creation. According to a recent article, attendees can enjoy traditional Nigerian dishes like Jollof, Moi Moi and Lahoh, a pancake like bread that has origins based in Somalia.

The two day festival aims to offer New York foodies a chance to experience a wide array of African cuisines while also exploring the African diaspora via carefully selected arts and entertainment acts. The festival was originally slated for a smaller venue in Dumbo but after careful consideration and a concrete amount of local buzz, the festival’s founder Ishmael Osekre decided to invest in a venue that could not only hold more attendees but could also comfortably fit in more chefs, artists and vendor booths.

Moin Moin/ moi moi (and chicken) is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding. (Courtesy: NYC African Food Festival)

“African music and fashion have always had steady momentum and exposure in mainstream American culture; African food hasn’t,” Osekre told Brooklyn Based.

For the advanced foodie, there are VIP tickets on sale that offer an exclusive opportunity to mingle with the decorated chefs. General admission tickets start at $20 and can be purchased through this link.
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  1. Awesome idea to earth the brilliant talents of people.
    How best can someone join the various exhibitions?
    Thank you

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