October 20, 2017

Events: EDEN African Cultural & Culinary Experience Recap

Throughout the summer, the city was buzzing with so many Afrocentric events. It felt like every weekend there was another African fashion, music or food event. I loved every bit of this and definitely made sure to attend as many as I could.

One of these events was the Events by Reign African Cultural & Culinary Experience, which occurred on July 30th on te rooftop Patio of upscale downtown lounge Maison Mercer. The event consisted of exploring African cuisine through a 5 course cocktail style tasting menu. In addition, there were musical performances and attendees were to rock their stylish African fashions.

The was such a great event. I loved the rooftop vibe and the variety of African foods and of course all the fabulous African fashions! Here is a look at my time at the event...

Myself & Lakshmee
I attended this event along with AfroFusion Squad member Lakshmee as well as my ticket giveaway winner and fellow blogger Abena Donkor.

Myself & Abena Donkor
Top: Forever 21 & Primark / Shorts: Top Shop / Shoes: Esprit / Necklace Material Girl / Watch: Michael Kors
As the dress-code for the event emphasized 'African inspired, stylish daytime chic,' I put together this look incorporating my African print shorts paired with a sheer dress and off the should top combination.

Event & the Cuisine:

Fran of Event by Reign, Event Organizer
It was definitely a beautiful day for a rooftop soiree. The event was catered by various local African chefs and restaurants, which included The Golden Stool, 116 Kitchen, ChicpeasVeg, Meko, Dominion Kitchen, Lola's Catering, Twins in kitchen, and Feldos. The event space was also decorated by African home decor brand Ibile.

Attendees enjoyed the following menu:
Act 1: Peanut soup shot glass paired with chapatti and Fattoush salad
Act 2: Moinmoin with shitto and smoked salmon and Injera sushi rolls
Act 3: Jollof rice with gizdodo OR Fried rice with fried plantain
Act 4: The Grilled Medley. A choice of the following skewers: Chicken, Suya spiced Goat Meat, shrimp and Tofu. Served with season veggies and/or fruit
Act 5: The Puff. Puffpuff served with Hagaan Dazs Ice Cream Or Coconut Vanilla Vegan Ice Cream

Friend Rice with Plantian
Trying out the Jollof Rice & Plantain

Injera Sushi Roll
Spiced Goat Meat Suya
Bofrot/Puff Puff with Vanilla Ice Cream


Melanin Overload :) Myself with Bloggers Jackie of SmissJ Blog, Abena Donkor & Chioma of My African Corner
While sampling items on the menu as the came around, attendees mingled, chated and networked. It was great catching up with some of those in attendance that I knew and also met a lot of great new people as well. There was a lot of stylish and beautiful African fashion being worn by attendees, so tried to capture a few of these great looks.

Bloggers Jackie of SmissJ Blog & Abena Donkor
Keneesh of African headwrap brand Tignon
George of AfoGlobal TV

Winnie designer of brand Avril by WK
Myself with Blogger Yvonne of The Kscope

Chioma of My African Corner
Taiwo MUA & Gele Specialist of Aduke Makeup

Loving the photo backdrop

Style aficionado's Mr. Binfo & Mr. Adomako

Issac of Imagine Management Marketing & African Fashion Week Toronto

Congrats to Fran and her team on a successful event. Thanks for having me and looking forward to the the next one!

To learn more about Events by Reign, check them out o their instagram page, @EventsByReign