Not many consumers who drink coffee know about the history of their money drink and it connection to Africa. If you ask a person today about coffee the first thing that may come into their mind is Italian espresso or latte with a french croissant. Not many people know that the coffee bean has a history beyond Europe and the Americas.
A great ten days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa to start the new decade 2020. This is the country where coffee comes from. Specifically the wonders of the wild Ethiopian mountains. The very popular drink drunk everyday on mas is made by beans and the coffee plant is grown and originated from this part of the world. It is the area where you will find the most diverse coffee plant varieties. The word ‘coffee’ derives from ‘Kafa’, a region in south west Ethiopia.
When you think of coffee what comes to mind? Espresso culture in a southern European country, a high street coffee chain or a traded† commodity. What about a female run coffee company that’s empowering African female farmers one bean a time. Farmers to Queens.
Delights by Cynthia have created these African themed cupcakes as part of a collection. Theses incredible but edible cupcakes celebrate African arts and crafts – textiles, sculpture, beading and of course, nature. The African themed cupcakes are not only a delight to the eyes, but they taste delicious too. The flavours available are from Delights by Cynthia owner, Cynthia Akinsanya’s African store cupboard.
Cynthia Akinsanya created this collection to celebrate Black History Month 2016 and as a nod to her West African heritage. Her family is from Sierra Leone.
This is the biggest and best competition in the African and Caribbean domestic cooking scene. You have to enter. With the rise in African and Caribbean art, music and fashion we see a rise in African and Caribbean street food stalls, supperclubs and cooking recipes. To inspire a nation and the world, the capital London gets its second ever Jollof rice competition and much more. Here is what is happening we have a prize money pool of £6,000 which is for eight competitions. It will be equally shared. There will be at least 3 runner-up cash prizes per competition.
The Southbank Centre Food Market featured the following stalls in 2014 Zoe's Ghana Kitchen; Chale Let's Eat; Pepper and Stew; Ethiopian Coffee and Zigni Sauce and Spice (Eritrean). Now more African foodie entrepreneurs are entering the market. Included from Africa and the Caribbean we now have Ghanaian, Liberian, Nigerian, Sierra Leone, South African, Ethiopian and Jamaican foods.
Here are the African foodie brands at the African Street Food takeover 2016
London’s biggest African inspired shopping experience returns to the Capital on Monday bank holiday 30th May which is Spring Bank Holiday at the starting time of 10:00am. Africa at Spitalfields has fast become a popular feature on the calendar of the globally famous Spitalfields, the success of this free event has brought it into its fourth year. Africa at Spitalfields 2016 visitors can expect to be thrilled by this vibrant celebration of African culture as the Spitalfields traders market is transformed to provide a taste of the exotic.
Three reasons why you should take up a traders stall at Spitalfields in May 2016
- The glass ceiling, diversity and inclusion at your work in positions of power in management. Frustrated? See Hollywood boycott, #blacklivesmatter, the gender, ethnic pay gap and gender pricing
- No pension in your future, so start your life time business now. Build the future today. Never retire. Support your family with flexibility
- Real opportunities exist for first, second and third generation African and Caribbean entrepreneurs
Pop Up Africa is an African Inspired Pop-Up events company. The aim of making the African retail and culinary industries more available to a broader audience resulted in the pop up events such as, 'Africa at Spitalfield's,' which after its launch in 2013 has seen stall holders take their brand from the market stall to the shelves of Tesco. Also the newly launched 'African Food and Drink Takeover' as part of Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre.
A special edition of the Southbank Centre Food Market featuring stalls including Ghanaian Street Food, (Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, Chale, Pepper and Stew) Ethiopian Coffee and Zigni Sauce and Spice (Eritrean) and East African street.