What to know about the local African festival

Cincinnati’s premier African cultural event returns to the region.

The African Professionals Network (APNET) will host AfriFest Cincy: the taste of Africa July 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Burnet Woods Park.

Here’s everything you need to know about the annual event.

What is AfriFest Cincy: Taste of Africa?

AfriFest Cincy is a family event that aims to enhance the community’s knowledge of African cultures. It is free to the public and includes food, entertainment, games and other fun activities.

According to APNET websiteAfriFest Cincy’s goal is to celebrate African cultures in the local community, raise awareness and connect people, while promoting diversity.

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The event started in 2014 and has gone through changes since its inception. Sosena Erco, vice president of marketing and communications, said the festival was more of an informal gathering among community members in previous years. But organizers have expanded the event into an educational, family-friendly festival in 2021.

This year it will include around 40 vendors, such as The Fatted Calf Food Company, La Orangette, NonStop Flavor Food Truck, Afromeals, Umoja Arts, JKanule Boutique, African Fabrics & Things and more.

Entertainment artists including DJ TiziB, Bi-okoto, IJO UGO and Revolution Dance Theater will perform at this year’s event. The festival will also include a special area for children called Kids’ Zone, as well as health, job and tourism fairs, a fashion show and a craft zone.

Erco says the organization wanted to bring the festival to Greater Cincinnati to bridge the gap between African and larger Cincinnati communities.

“Come and enjoy a very vibrant and diverse culture. Really at the heart of that, we want people to really know, we want the community to know and understand that we have a very eclectic, very exciting and fun community that loves to celebrate the diversity,” said Erco.

What is APNET?

APNET is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 with a mission to unite African professionals and their allies to promote charitable and educational initiatives among members and the Greater Cincinnati community.

APNET membership is open to the general public. And although many members are of African descent, Erco said it was open to people from all walks of life.

For more information, visit monapnet.org.

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