Thursday, August 11 2022

After a successful first year, New Jersey African Restaurant Week is back for round two.

The inaugural event took place in 2021, and this year’s version will include more than 30 restaurants as well as a festival at the Bisrate Gebriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Newark.

From now until August 7, participating restaurants will be offering special Restaurant Week menus and pricing, serving cuisine from across Africa. They include Swahili Village, Surulere Suya, Aboki Suyam, Jollof and Grill, Delicious African Orchards, Semper’s Delight, Brooklyn Suya, Woulibam Haitian Restaurant, Acaraje, Mawo’s Kitchen, Kente Cones, Tall and Co., Sweet T Creams, and Epuffany Infusion Treats.

“It means a lot that we can be a part of it now,” Chef Kevin Onyona, owner of Swahili Village in Newark, told NJ Advance Media, “so people can get to know and enjoy our restaurant. We look forward to featuring some dishes during the festival.”

The festival will feature food tastings, vendors selling handmade African items, live musical performances by Oseni Junior, Dolly P, Vibetone, Jega Smoove and Golden Gun, and DJ sets by Kassava, DJ 360, DJ Spindoll and DJ Sparrow. Tickets are $10 per day, plus fees and taxes, and are available here.

The event started in New York in 2013 and added a festival component in 2017, which inspired the New Jersey event to also feature a festival.

“We are happy and excited to return to Newark. Another opportunity for the community to come together,” said African Restaurant Week CEO Akin Akinsanya. “Come shopping, dancing and having a good time with your family and friends.”

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Jeremy Schneider can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter at @J_Schneider and on Instagram at @JeremyIsHungryAgain.

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