Every West African community believes that they make the best version of this rice dish, which has its origins in Senegal. This weekend, the best of the best will be bringing their recipes to Brixton Library for a two day competition to see whose Jollof is crowned supreme: One rice to rule them all!
This weekend, Brixton Library will be converted into an Afrikan Food Hall, with all-comers being welcomed by existing members of a special club, dedicated to the promotion of a healthy diet of genuine African delicacies.
“We invite people to come on down and find out more about what we are trying to achieve”, said Leslie Leigh, driving force behind specialist web site West Africa Cooks. “Entry on Saturday is free and I’m sure you will find it really interesting”.
“The competition itself is all about raising awareness about ways in which black people can improve their health through better choices in food”, Leslie told us. “We are building toward a genuine Afro-centric food store that will be called The Afrikan Food Hall, which will aim to tackle the crisis of poor health facing African and Caribbean communities in the UK. Not only sickle cell and prostate cancer, but also diabetes”.
“The exhibition will be on all day Saturday and the competition begins for real on Sunday – which is a ticket-only event”, he said. “The community support we’ve seen has been great, people are really taking an interest and tickets for Sunday’s finals sold out ages ago. Competition is fierce, with everyone determined to prove that their Jollof Rice is best”.
Sundjata Keita is the Head of The Afrikan Family Works, told us exactly what you can expect is you make the trip to Brixton on 26th September, “The Afrikan Food Hall Live Day will include free workshops, presentations on how to move to a more healthy life style to help reduce the chance of getting many diseases like cancer. There will also be a free scrumptious lunch, live entertainment, raffles, and give aways – so please come and enjoy yourself!”.
We encourage anyone near London this Saturday to make the trip down to Brixton Library – you can get directions here.
For those who want to know more about Jollof, here are some useful links:-
- The origins of Jollof rice
- Jollof rice recipe from The Groundnut Cookbook
- Top Five West African Foods
- Liberian Jollof Rice
- Trying Ethnic Food, African and Caribbean Cuisine
- Pepper and Stew Products are now available at Harrods