Last weekend I enjoyed a little taste of Africa in Footscray, Melbourne at Emerge in the West .
I’d wanted to go to this festival for a few years now but this was my first time so I joined a little walking tour with Ata – a wonderful Ethiopian lady.
It was lovely to catchup with Anita Larkin from MAV along the way.
We tasted African foods stopping in at three restaurants – Sudanese, Somalian and Ethiopian restaurant.
I particularly loved –
the lentils at the Sudanese restaurant (Khartoum Centre Restaurant)
Tuna Semboza – I am not sure if that is how you spell it but far out it was delicious as was a sweet called helwa from Somalia Star Cafe
and we even tried Tej honey wine and Ethiopian coffee at African Cuisine
We stopped by other African small businesses too – the henna shop, the african barber shop, the money trader who talked to us about how they get funds to even the small of African villages, the perfume man and Ethiopian wares.
Our little group (a perfect size of six) enjoyed learning more about the cultures from Ata along the way.
Next time I go to Footscray I will be returning to the places I now know of to taste more delights and buy some goods. I’d been to Footscray quite a few times before and knew there would be other hidden gems in there.
After the walking tour we joined the party in the street and danced to the African beat.
Ahhh…. something I love … I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Africa. I very much hope to go there someday. I have wanted to go since I was a little girl.
Thank you Multicultural Arts Victoria for all that you do