African Heritage & Health Week

Click here for the 2016 #EatAfricanHeritage365 Virtual Celebration — An Insider's Peek at our Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes.

Our 5th Annual African Heritage & Health Week on February 1–7 is the perfect opportunity to discover why the savory flavors and naturally healthy features make African Heritage Cuisine the next big food trend. (For more, check out this news clip featuring our African Heritage & Health program.)

We invite you to join in the party — the more you share your festivities and engage with us, the more you help educate people about how healthy a traditional African diet is, which is the true aim of this week. Here's how you can get involved:

* We'll be posting inspirational quotes and messages thru Feb. 7 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+. Look out for AH&H posts like the graphics below, and show them some love by liking, commenting, or sharing. You can also post your own Africna Heritage photos, recipes, or musings.

* During the big week, Feb. 1 to 7, we're giving an exclusive look at our A Taste of African Heritage cooking classes, and encouraging people to bring the ATOAH series to their communities. Read this Huff Post article to find out how they're transforming communities around the country.

* Join the party! Stop into an African-inspired restaurant in your neighborhood, experiment with an African Heritage recipe, or throw your own African Heritage & Health Week potluck.

* Show us how you celebrate — use #EatAfricanHeritage365 and tag us on social media.

Here are some of our favorite recipes for African Heritage & Health Week:

More recipes available on our African Heritage Staff Favorites collection for Oldways originals.

Find a local African Heritage restaurant with our Dine-Around-Town Guide here.

For an extensive collection of images you can use to promote African Heritage & Health Week, click here.


To commemorate Black History Month, Oldways is challenging everyone to enjoy at least one dish, at home or at a local restaurant, that is inspired by the cuisines of African-American ancestors and Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid. By preparing an Oldways African Heritage recipe or venturing out to a new restaurant, you can:  

  • Dance your way through the spices, textures, and aromas of West African stews, Jollof rice, golden black-eyed pea fritters, and traditional fufu—a pleasing starchy vegetable mash that’s so thick, you use it like a roll or bread for dipping!    

  • Or head further east and eat with your hands! Ethiopian restaurants are gaining much acclaim and popularity, even without silverware—these flavorful dishes are enjoyed with a special bread called Injera that you use as your spoon. 

  • Escape to the savory, tropical comfort foods of the Caribbean and Latin America, or the bright spices, smoked fish, and banana dishes of South America.
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Or rediscover the early farm-to-table cuisines of African American ancestors.

To help diners explore, Oldways has created a new African Heritage Dine Around Town webpage that offers African heritage dining destinations across the nation, from pop-up shops to fine dining restaurants.

Cooling class visits Ethiopian restaurant
A Taste of African Heritage cooking class visits Alem Ethiopian Village, an Ethiopian restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

If a meal at home shared with family and friends is more appealing, Oldways suggests its own recipe for Jollof Rice as an option. This is a traditional African rice dish that is delicious and healthy, and very budget friendly. You can find plenty of other recipes on the Plates of Expressions page.  

The foods that have sustained cultures are an important part of history. What better time to dedicate a week to African Heritage and Health than during Black History Month?

For more information on participating in African Heritage & Health Week, please contact Sarah McMackin, Oldways program manager, 512-330-0111, sarahm@oldwayspt.org.

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