Three weekends ago, Silver Spring was honored to have held the second annual Ivory Coast Festival in the downtown area. This event, hosted by “La Main Tendue” – The Reach Out Hand, created a surge of support throughout the community for West African culture. Moreover, a germane aspect to this festival was the colorful crafts, delectable foods and an honorable visit from the ambassador of the Ivory Coast.
All walks of life were present and visibly enjoyed authentic interactions with denizens from Ghana, Nigeria and other areas of the Ivory Coast. After trotting through the bustling crowds, I was amused with the overall trappings of the event. The plaid kente cloths, vibrant French dialogue and ornate handmade crafts instantly made me feel like I was a resident of the Ivory Coast.
In short, freedom wafted sweet notes in the hot, sundry air. As soon as the emcee started playing tunes indigenous to West Africa, the festival blossomed into a dance festival. In between the dance party, the ambassador of the Ivory Coast made an appearance at the podium. His heartfelt speech prompted the boisterous crowd to calm the soles of their feet down and to remember their heritage with lush prayers, melodic songs and especially with silence for lives lost.
At the heart of the event, Faso Foods created a sojourn for gourmet foodies to unwind, socialize and to drink in the delectable aromas of independence. Moriba’s tamarind, lychee and hibiscus juices roused Silver Springers into an instant reverie for more.
Since this is also a food blog, take a gander at the different West African foods I learned about!
West African Food
Callaloo: Cream of Spinach, mixed with vibrant West African spices.
Sorrel: Hibiscus drink with indigineous spices from West Africa.
Phulowire: It’s like a hush puppy, but its fried with flour. It’s often paired with tamarind sauces and mango.
Curry Goat: Green seasoning is often used and what’s often included in this combination is: ginger, bandaiea, spinach, peppers and curry.
Bandania: A unique spice only found in Nigeria.
Jalluf Rice: A vegetarian dish, with a subtle taste to it.
Nigerian Kabobs: Special kabobs that use yaji spices.
Grashoff’s Belgian Chocolate spreads, heralded by Tastings with Dave, rendered many speechless. Overall, the zenith of the second annual Ivory Coast Event was shared celebration for a wonderful culture full of love, life and excitement.
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About Faso Foods
Faso Foods is an international food management company supporting producers with import/export, warehousing, packaging, market research, sales and promotional activities.
We represent a diverse roster of categories including hot beverages, fruit juice, confections and grains, many of which are organic and fair trade, to fulfill the demand of the sophisticated specialty food market.