Calling all foodies: today we’re taking your taste buds on a little African safari.
We hope you’ve all had a rejuvenating bank holiday weekend and that you got to spend some time outside.
London was buzzing this weekend and we happened on several food festivals and food markets, featuring a diversity of global cuisine. That’s one of the wonderful things about the UK – the many international cultures that we have the opportunity to learn about and experience, especially via the arts. And food is a most delightful art!
Read on for some palate inspiration: whether you want a taste that’s fast and informal; or to sit down for an immersive multi-course evening; whether you’d like to try your hand at crafting a flavourful meal; or you’d like to gift a special someone, with some exotic edible treats.
Ghanaian flavour – on the street and for supper
Chalé Let’s Eat is a great choice for a taste of yummy Ghanaian food on the go. Founded by Alicia Ama whose cooking is influenced by her family ties to Ghana, Togo and Guyana, Chalé Let’s Eat can be found at various London markets, pop-ups and events. Follow them on Twitter to find out where they’ll be dishing out next.
Some of you may have made it to last year’s intimate dinner, hosted at Toghal HQ, catered by The Ghana Supper Club. The Ghana Supper Club is a monthly event, in Tunbridge Wells, bringing Ghanaian flavours, music and spice to the area. Find out more about the Ghana Girls and their delicious experience here.
CIY (Cook it yourself)
The Groundnut is a South London based partnership between 3 young men of mixed African and European heritage, who all have a passion for food. Each year, Duval, Folayemi and Jacob host a delicious residency, where they transform a building into a dinner and project space. You can find out more about it and sign up to hear about the next one, here.
In the meantime, get a preview of what to expect from one of their cookbooks, Food From Across Africa or The Groundnut Cookbook.
“They have created a fun, vibrant cookbook that also evokes a powerful sense of their collective memories and diverse upbringings. But most of all, the time just feels right for African food, a cuisine too long ignored or dismissed.”
— Observer on The Groundnut Cookbook
Stay on theme and complete the experience with some Toghal table linen.
Earlier this year, we curated some gift ideas for foodie mums. Featuring vintage South African wines, artisan Ethiopian coffee, award-winning preserves and luxury Malagasy chocolate – these delicacies are appropriate for foodies of all genders! Find out the product details here.
Complement the perishables with some timeless African print kitchenware.
Do you have any recommendations for foodie African experiences? Let us know in the comments.
[Photos from the websites of the respective featured businesses. Top image via The Groundnut]