An African feast hits town
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.
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