Our annual African Heritage & Health Week on February 1 to 7 is the perfect opportunity to discover the enticing flavors and naturally healthy features of African Heritage cuisine.

This year, Oldways celebrated African Heritage & Health Week (Feb. 1-7, 2017) by sharing infographics, Oldways recipes, special recipes from leading African Diaspora food bloggers, interviews with up-and-coming chefs, and stories from ATOAH volunteers. Stay tuned to find out what’s in store for next year’s African Heritage & Health Week. 
Don’t miss the festivities, be sure to follow along on social media.

Five Ways to Join the African Heritage & Health Week Festivities

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A Taste of African Heritage cooking class visits Alem Ethiopian Village, an Ethiopian restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  1. Enjoy at least one dish inspired by African Heritage cuisines and the African Heritage Diet Pyramid.

    – Try out one of the easy, flavorful recipes below, or featured in the recipe round-up blog (published Feb. 2 at oldwayspt.org/blog).
    – Find a local restaurant on Oldways’ Dine Around Town Guide, which includes 224 restaurants nationwide.

2. Sign up to teach A Taste of African Heritage cooking classes in your community — or find a class happening in your area.

– Use our ATOAH Class Database here to find a local class to join.
– Find out how ATOAH is transforming communities nationwide in this Huff Post article.

3. Host an African Heritage potluck for friends and family.

– Find a selection of our favorite recipes below.

4. Share our African Heritage & Health Week graphics, food photos, and resources.

– Tag us (@OldwaysPT on Facebook and Twitter; @oldways_pt on Instagram).
– Social media sample posts downloadable via this button: 


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5. Join our A Taste of African Heritage Facebook Group to connect with our community of ATOAH teachers and participants.

– Feel free to post your own African Heritage photos, recipes, and musings.

Use #AfricanHeritageWeek to show us how you celebrate!

Oldways’ Favorite African Heritage Recipes

  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

Find more African Heritage recipes in our African Heritage Staff Favorites collection.