An African feast hits town

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EX­PE­RI­ENCE the best of African cul­ture while help­ing raise money for two Kenyan Or­phan­ages at An African Feast in Port Dou­glas.

The in­au­gu­ral event is on next Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12, and will have tra­di­tional African food cre­ated by some of the best chefs in Port Dou­glas, mys­tery box prizes, spe­cial guests and live mu­sic.

Or­gan­iser Michelle Do­herty has spent time in Africa and said rais­ing money for the East African Mis­sion Or­phan­age and Fa­milia Moja Chil­dren’s Home is some­thing close to her heart.

‘‘I am so pas­sion­ate about the cause, I have been to one of th­ese or­phan­ages and it had a real im­pact on me, be­ing there, stay­ing there, hang­ing out with the kids,’’ she said.

‘‘I came back and spon­sored a cou­ple of kids but felt like I needed to do more, and I love my food and thought it was a good way for peo­ple to get in­volved be­cause ev­ery­one loves food and try­ing dif­fer­ent things, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fer­ent cul­tures and at the same time help­ing peo­ple.

‘‘It might seem re­ally lit­tle for us but it does make a huge im­pact on the lives of th­ese chil­dren. We can make a dif­fer­ence.’’

An in­tro­duc­tion to African cui­sine has never been so de­li­cious, with canape´ s en­trees in­clud­ing sweet corn frit­ters and Moroc­can chicken skew­ers and main cour­ses in­clud­ing bobotie (spiced lamb with egg top­ping), kuku paka (co­conut chicken turmeric curry) and a goat curry.

‘‘ Ev­ery­thing will be made from scratch and suits every­body’s diet. There’s a good range of veg­e­tar­ian dishes and ac­com­pa­ni­ments, Mun­gali Creek are do­nat­ing all of the yo­ghurt, I will also have chut­neys and pick­les from lo­cal producers, Blood Orange will be do­nat­ing fresh pro­duce, and Malones will be sup­ply­ing some of the meat,’’ Ms Do­herty said.

‘‘ Mu­sic on the night will be a seven-piece reg­gae band called Koahli­tion from Cairns and the Table­lands, in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able about the or­phan­ages, how peo­ple can help, and spe­cial guest, Jess White, the co- founder of Fa­milia Moja, will also be here to an­swer ques­tions.’’

There will be mys­tery box prizes up for grabs do­nated from var­i­ous lo­cal busi­nesses, which will be a raf­fle draw and peo­ple can pick a prize ran­domly, giv­ing ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to win the var­i­ous prizes, in­clud­ing reef cruises, fish­ing char­ters, din­ing vouch­ers, gift packs, ac­com­mo­da­tion vouch­ers and more.

An African Feast in Port Dou­glas will be on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12, from 7pm to 11pm at the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Hall. Tick­ets cost $70 per per­son and the event will be cash-only, with no eft­pos avail­able. Tick­ets will be avail­able from Good­ies Cafe and the Junc­tion, both in Moss­man, and Ori­gin Espresso and Flo­ral Edge in Port Dou­glas. An African Feast in Port Dou­glas is still look­ing for peo­ple to vol­un­teer their time as wait staff, for more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate a prize con­tact Michelle on 0407 782 218.

Pic­ture: AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

FOR THE KIDS:

Michelle Do­herty

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