Our 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 post inspirational quotes and messages all week (February 1-7) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+. Look out for AH&H posts like the 2016 graphics below, and show them some love by liking, commenting, or sharing. You can also post your own African Heritage photos, recipes, or musings.
- During the big week, Feb. 1 to 7, we put extra focus on our A Taste of African Heritage cooking classes, and encourage 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.
- Stop into an African-inspired restaurant in your neighborhood, using our Dine-Around-Town Guide.
- Experiment with an African Heritage recipe (like those below), or throw your own African Heritage & Health Week potluck.
- Show us how you celebrate — use #EatAfricanHeritage365 and tag us on social media.
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.
- Or rediscover the early farm-to-table cuisines of African American ancestors.
- Caribbean Callaloo Soup (Caribbean), Oldways original
- Accara Black-eyed Pea Fritters (West African), c/o Marie Claude-Mendy, Chef/Owner of Terranga in Boston
- Creamy Polenta (Afro-Latin American), Oldways original
- Maple Glazed Southern Turnips (Southern U.S.), Oldways original
- Kohlrabi & Butternut Squash Fritters (Southern U.S., African-Inspired), Oldways original
- Southern Rice Pilaf (Southern U.S.), Nicole Taylor’s Up South Cookbook
- Cucumber Sambal (South African Condiment/Side), Oldways original
- Chocolate Covered Pecan Date Truﬄes (Dessert), Bard Valley Natural Delights
More recipes available on our African Heritage Staﬀ Favorites collection for Oldways originals.
Use our African Heritage & Health Week graphics on your social media.
Stay tuned for 2017 graphics. For an extensive collection of images from 2016 to promote African Heritage & Health Week, click here.