​​COME EAT WITH YOUR EYES – Best Dressed Jollof Rice Contest

will bring various chefs, caterers, culinary professionals from around the world to showcase their best “eye-watering” and “mouth-watering” plate of Jollof rice. This time around we will be eating with our eyes. Winner to take home $300

  • Each contestant will showcase their best plate of Jollof rice via Instagram
  • ​​The public will vote with their “likes” and “shares”
  • ​​The the first 8 contestants with the most likes on Instagram will move on to the next round.will move on to the next stage.​​
  • Judges will pick another 8 contestants

Rules for Choosing The Winner

  • October 2nd (sweet sixteen) – first set of 16 are chosen – 8 will be chosen by the public and another 8 chosen by the judges​​
  • October 10 (elite 8) – next set chosen 4 will be chosen by the public and 4 by the judges​​
  • October 16 – (final four selection) – 2 chosen by judges and 2 chosen by the public​​
  • October 18 (winner selected out of the final four) – public will pick the last 2 and the judges will pick the winner​​

Judges Criteria – judges will make their selection based on originality (overall creativity), cultural content and quality of photography.

​​African Restaurant Week is an opportunity to help boost the local economy, come together to celebrate the food, people and culture of the African Diaspora and support the various local restaurants, chefs, caterers, cafes and various small businesses in our community.
​​Help Make a Difference – we work with foodies, world travelers, culture enthusiasts, local residents, community leaders, and various stakeholders in making a difference with every sip and bite.

Jollof Rice 02

Americans looking to get a taste of Africa can put their passports away. This week, New York City is hosting a week-long celebration of African cuisine and c…

Take a look at New York and what great African restaurants it has to offer. A brief preview of New York African Restaurant Week 2015. For more information vi…

Ponty Bistro ========== @PontyBistro ====== CHECK US OUT!!! – Twitter/Instagram: @TheAfricaChan…

New York is home to the largest, most diverse population of African descendants in America. Nigerian-born Wall Street consultant Akin Akinsanya’s vision to celebrate this community seems both essential and long overdue. “A love for the food and culture inspired me to put together New York African Restaurant Week,” Akinsaya explains.”

On the Sandra Bookman show “HERE AND NOW” with Akin Akinsanya the founder of the African Restaurant Week

Successful restaurant owners give tips, discuss making it in rough a business

​​Some African Restaurant Week Participants

Featuring Cafe Rue Dix – Interview by Globo TV New York African restaurant Week (NYARW) (Oct 4th – 18th, 2020) is an opportunity to help boost the local econ…

Featuring Owner Fall of Lenox Saphire – interview by the Africa Channel

​​Some Past Events

Banana Bread
Festival flyer - updated

The hardship brought about by Covid-19 has been especially hard on our local businesses (The restaurant industry is expected to lose about $250 in revenue this year) – Our local businesses have been disproportionately affected and it has not been ever more important to re-invigorate our local businesses.

The difficulties suffered by our small businesses has made our mission even more critical and we will be expanding to new cities this year: Including Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Miami, LA, more cities to be announced. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone but together we will make it.