Press Release 2023

New York African Restaurant Week Festival (October 14) 

(City College, Convent Ave from 135th street to 140th street)

Bringing Community, Culture & Small Business Together

Email: [email protected] Contact :Bukola

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The African Restaurant Week Food and Music Festival celebrating local businesses and culture will take place on Saturday and Sunday October 14 at City College (Convent Ave from 135th street to 140th street) in Harlem and will run from 11am – 6pm on both days. 

This event is part of various events celebrating our 10 year anniversary. The event aims to  promote culture, small business and community cohesion.

Event Includes:

  • Food tastings by chefs from across the diaspora (Africa, Caribbean, African-American)
  • Marketplace with local vendors/artisans – enjoy great deals, giveaways
  • Top DJ spinning the best of Afrobeats, soca, Kompa, Amapiano, R&B and more
  • Live performances – cultural performances, dancing, local talents
  • Chef Contests, cooking demo
  • Arts exhibition, live painting and more

The festival would include provide an opportunity for local talents, small businesses, artisans to network and connect with the community. 



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“Join us in Harlem, where the arts and culture flourish, as we come together to honor the traditions, talents, and heritage that make Harlem a true melting pot of inspiration and community. Come enjoy the community, culture and support small business – Akin Akinsanya (Lead Organizer, African Restaurant Week Festival).

“WHDC is proud of bringing the NY African Food and Music Festival to West Harlem. The great collaboration between WHDC, African Restaurant Week, CCNY and their African Student groups, is sure to produce a wonderful culinary and cultural experience for our community…” said WHDC Executive Director Zead Ramadan. 

To learn more please contact us at [email protected].

Chef Contest – (Taste & Vote) – Chef contest where attendees choose their favorite dish. A small cash prize would be awarded to the winning chef. 

  • Taste and vote would include a Jollof rice tasting contest
  • Best dish contest – winner will win a cash prize of $250.

To learn more please contact us at [email protected].