If you’re in the Bay Area this Saturday, be sure to stop by the Umoja Festival in Oakland! The daylong festival features music, fashion, and food from the wide range of African immigrant groups present in northern California.
Here are some other African events and restaurants that I’ve been enjoying in the Bay Area recently.
- My hands-down favorite is the book club organized through the Africa and Friends in the Bay Area Meetup group. Faith Adiele and Holly Shogbesan have selected a fantastic set of books from across Africa, and brought authors like NoViolet Bulawayo and Yaa Gyasi to visit the group
- The Museum of the African Diaspora is always worth a visit. Right now they have some wonderful events organized with Afro-vegan chief-in-residence Bryant Terry
- The obvious place to go for your post-MOAD drinks is Bissap Baobob. Don’t miss the lamb yassa. I’ve also been meaning to check out newer west African spot Miliki
- If you’d rather eat at home, start-up Chop Plentii is offering delivery of a range of Nigerian meals. You can also stop at Brundo Market to pick up fresh Ethiopian spices, or take a cooking class