Stay tuned for updates on next year’s African Heritage & Health Week, February 1 to 7, 2017. Here’s what we’ve done in past years…

Our Annual African Heritage & Health Week on February 1 to 7 is the perfect opportunity to discover why the savory flavors and naturally healthy features make African Heritage Cuisine the next big food trend. (For more, check out this news clip featuring our African Heritage & Health program.)

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A Taste of African Heritage cooking class visits Alem Ethiopian Village, an Ethiopian restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

We invite you to join in the party — the more you share your festivities and engage with us, the more you help educate people about how healthy a traditional African diet is, which is the true aim of this week. Click here to see the 2016 #EatAfricanHeritage365 Virtual Celebration — An Insider’s Peek at our Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes.

Here’s how we’ve celebrated in past years:

  • We post inspirational quotes and messages all week (February 1 to 7) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+. Look out for AH&H posts like the 2016 graphics in the dropdown below, and show them some love by liking, commenting, or sharing. You can also post your own African Heritage photos, recipes, or musings.
  • During the big week, Feb. 1 to 7, we put extra focus on our A Taste of African Heritage cooking classes, and encourage people to bring the ATOAH series to their communities. Read this Huff Post article to find out how they’re transforming communities around the country.
  • Stop into an African-inspired restaurant in your neighborhood, using our Dine-Around-Town Guide.
  • Experiment with an African Heritage recipe (like those below), or throw your own African Heritage & Health Week potluck.
  • Show us how you celebrate — use #EatAfricanHeritage365 and tag us on social media.


Enjoy some of our favorite recipes for African Heritage & Health Week:

To commemorate Black History Month, Oldways is challenging everyone to enjoy at least one dish, at home or at a local restaurant, that is inspired by the cuisines of African-American ancestors and Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid. By preparing an Oldways African Heritage recipe or venturing out to a new restaurant, you can:  

  • Dance your way through the spices, textures, and aromas of West African stews, Jollof rice, golden black-eyed pea fritters, and traditional fufu—a pleasing starchy vegetable mash that’s so thick, you use it like a roll or bread for dipping!    

  • Or head further east and eat with your hands! Ethiopian restaurants are gaining much acclaim and popularity, even without silverware—these flavorful dishes are enjoyed with a special bread called Injera that you use as your spoon. 

  • Escape to the savory, tropical comfort foods of the Caribbean and Latin America, or the bright spices, smoked fish, and banana dishes of South America.
Or rediscover the early farm-to-table cuisines of African American ancestors.
  1. Caribbean Callaloo Soup (Caribbean), Oldways original
  2. Accara Black-eyed Pea Fritters (West African), c/o Marie Claude-Mendy, Chef/Owner of Terranga in Boston
  3. Creamy Polenta (Afro-Latin American), Oldways original
  4. Maple Glazed Southern Turnips (Southern U.S.), Oldways original
  5. Kohlrabi & Butternut Squash Fritters (Southern U.S., African-Inspired), Oldways original
  6. Southern Rice Pilaf (Southern U.S.), Nicole Taylor’s Up South Cookbook
  7. Cucumber Sambal (South African Condiment/Side), Oldways original
  8. Chocolate Covered Pecan Date Truffles (Dessert), Bard Valley Natural Delights

More recipes available on our African Heritage Staff Favorites collection for Oldways originals.

Use our African Heritage & Health Week graphics on your social media.

Stay tuned for 2017 graphics. For an extensive collection of images from 2016 to promote African Heritage & Health Week, see below and click here.

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