Jollof Festival Is Coming To A City Near You

The headline is not meant to be fighting words. But a call for a celebration because Jollof Fest is coming to a city near you. It’s a day fest where you can stuff your face with the world-famous dish hailing from West Africa.

“Jollof rice is a one-pot rice dish native to many countries in West Africa,” a statement reads on the website. “Some consider it the predecessor to the Cajun dish Jambalaya.”

Even though we did say that Jollof Fest isn’t meant to be fighting words, those representing Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone will have to bring their A-Game. There can only be one winner, according to organizers. DC & LA will host the festival in June; in July in Oakland and Atlanta; August will be a stopover in Minneapolis, Chicago, and North Carolina, ending in September in Houston. 

“I got tired of the sort of war of words around who made the best Jollof rice,” fest founder Ishmael Osekre tells Travel Noire. “I thought why don’t we just settle this thing? Why don’t we bring everyone together in a very neutral atmosphere for a blind tasting to settle the debate.”

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  1. Tari Bannerman

    Jollof festival is coming your way pretty soon.. Jollof rice is an old rice dish native to many West African countries

  2. Tari Bannerman

    The ingredients used vary from location to location, country to country. A typical jollof rice pot comprises of vegetable oil, tomatoes. Puree, red bell pepper, salt, curry, garlic, beef or chicken, onions, etc.

  3. Tari Bannerman

    Jollof rice is an old rice dish native to many countries in West Africa. The cooking ingredients vary from location to location, country to country.

  4. Tari Bannerman

    Cook: rice is measured into large bowl of water. Wash twice. Preparation: blend ingredients.pour half of puree. Set aside. Heat vegetable oil. .fry beef or chicken as desired.Now mix the already fried ingredients with the rice. The beef or chicken could be served in a separate bowl. . Sometimes coconut oil is applied or butter for added flavor

  5. Tari Bannerman

    The one-pot jollof dish cherished by natives in rural areas is the palm oil jollof garnished with lots of crayfish or shrimp, dry pepper, dry fish, onions , salt. . Wine: Palm wine or zobo made from dried hibiscus flowers with honey as sweetener. . This is seen in the south, South and South east of Nigeria.

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