Journey on a culinary tour of Cameroon, Africa at the 8th Annual Taste of Africa! A truly one-of-a-kind experience!


Main Event Ticket – $75

Enjoy the main event from 7pm-10pm featuring authentic Cameroonian buffet-style dinner, open bar featuring South African wine and beer donated Independent Brewing Company,  live painting and unique items and experiences to bid on in our silent and live auction, and a dance party!

VIP Ticket – $100

Enjoy a VIP cocktail hour from 6pm-7pm with African street food served as hors d’oeuvres, a specialty cocktail, and a live musical performance by Ibeji Drum Ensemble before the main event.

Silver Table Sponsor – $1,000 (Includes 10 VIP tickets)

Contact Justin Forzano for a sponsor packet or with additional questions- or call 412-228-0597.

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2018 Taste of Africa Menu

Mama Sylvia Nanji, board member and matriarch of CameroonFDP, has confirmed the menu and we’re excited to share it with you! Check out the full list and detailed descriptions of each dish below.

VIP hors d’oeuvres:

Spicy meatballs – African-style meatballs slowly simmered in a spicy tomato sauce

Suya meat – a spicy shish-kebab popular food item in West Africa

Fruit  – various fruits, commonly found in Cameroon and locally available

Featured dishes:

Ndole & fried plantains – sometimes referred to as the national dish of Cameroon, ndolé is a dish consisting of stewed peanuts or egusi (melon seeds), ndoleh (bitter leaves indigenous to West Africa), spices, and fish or beef, served with plantains

Jollof rice – a staple of West African cuisine with many variations, this dish includes rice with tomatoes, onions, meat, other diced vegetables, oil, salt, and spices

Fufu & njama njama – made famous by those from the Northwest Region, fufu is a dough made from boiled and ground cassava and is eaten with njama njama, a kind of vegetable sometimes called huckleberry

Pepper soup – a West African soup that is prepared using various meats, chili peppers and other spices as primary ingredients

Jerk chicken – grilled chicken prepared with various spices, similar to widely-known Caribbean jerk chicken

Vegetarian/Vegan dishes:

Puff puff  – everyone’s favorite, a traditional African snack similar to a doughnut

Koki corn  – aka African corn tamales; fresh corn is coarsely ground and mixed with spinach, palm oil then wrapped in banana or plantain leaves and steamed

Corn chaff  – a corn and bean porridge enjoyed throughout West Africa

Jollof rice (v)  – prepared without meat, this dish includes rice with tomatoes, onions, other diced vegetables, oil, salt, and spices

We are extremely grateful to Ma and Pa Nanji and their entire family who leads the charge and coordination efforts with many locally-based Cameroonian women (to whom we are also very grateful) to ensure our attendees enjoy this amazing food. This event – and the work it supports in the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon – is not possible without their support.

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What To Expect at the Event

Don’t Forget

Where Does the Money go?

Proceeds raised at the event support our mission to improve the lives of youth by promoting health, education, civic engagement and leadership skills through the global game of soccer.

Since 2010, our educational soccer programs and competitions have engaged more than 3,000 boys and girls. Since 2015, we have been supported by FIFA Football for Hope. In 2018, we launched our PLAY4PURPOSE model with a vision to scale and create positive social impact in communities across Africa, the developing world, and here in Pittsburgh.