Supporting Chefs/Artisans and Small Businesses

New York African Restaurant Week FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL  2023 will take place on October 14, from 11am  – 6pm. The event aims to celebrate the community, culture and small business. 

“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. 

Festival Promotional Materials

NYARW Food and Music Festival (October 14)

  • Students get discounts at all vendor stalls with student ID
  • Students that visit participating restaurants during the week get free Jollof Rice tasting tickets at the festival (for first 20 students)

NYARW Food and Music Festival (October 14)

Event Includes:

  • Enjoy food from across the diaspora
  • Marketplace with local vendors – 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
  • Art exhibition, live painting and more

How Students Body Can Participate

As Attendees:

  • Discounted Tickets: Offer special student discounts to encourage participation. Group packages also available.

Sign up as a food tasting judges. Click here for details

As Volunteers:

  • Event Management: Students can assist in the logistics of the tour, helping with coordination, timing, and flow.
  • Social Media Coverage: Students in communications or marketing could help cover the event live on social media.
  • Photography/Videography: Photography or film students can document the event.

As Promoters:

  • Campus Ambassadors: Campus ambassadors can help promote the Week  through word-of-mouth, flyers, and social media.
  • Collaboration with Student Organizations – Partner with relevant student clubs or organizations like cultural associations, culinary clubs, or travel groups to promote the event.

As Content Creators:

  • Bloggers/Writers: Students can write pre-event articles or post-event reviews to be published on the university website, local news outlets, or the event’s own platform.
  • Interviewers: Journalism students could conduct interviews with restaurant owners, chefs, or attendees and create content around it.

African Restaurant Week (ARW) (in its’s 10th year in 2023) is a celebration of African/African-inspired cuisine and culture – African. African-American and the Caribbean. An event that kicked off in 2013 is now a multi-city event across 8 states. 

The African Restaurant Week which kicked off in New York city in 2013 brings together locals, tourists, foodies, culture enthusiasts, social influencers, entrepreneurs and more – it is a commitment to community development and social impact and we are very excited to be partnering West Harlem Development Corporation and the City College