This year was the debut of the Black Owned Food Market organized by Black Owned Unity. Black Owned Unity host various events throughout the year that empowers and promotes black businesses. This event was filled with music, great food, culture, with free admission! Donations went towards funding business development programs to support black youth entrepreneurs.
The market was divided into two sections: indoor and outdoor. Inside was filled with vendors selling products and goods, while outside was more focused on food. I started off exploring inside and was tempted to spend every last penny with the variety of goods and products being sold. There was everything from skincare, baked goods, clothing, jewelry, smoothies, drinks… the list goes on and on.
Outside was where all the food vendors were. There was african, caribbean, street food, vegan, and vegetarian options. We had the option of buying off of the vendor’s menu or buy $5 food sample tickets where you get a set sample plate from the food vendor of your desire. I opted to get 3 food samples tickets 🙂
Our first stop was at My Taste of Africa Catering. Because we purchased the $5 sample ticket we got to choose between either a samosa and plantains or a meat, a side, with salad. We opted for the meat, a side, with salad. D E L I C I O U S Wow. What a great way to start!
Next stop was Ma Yve Grill, specializing in congolese cuisine. As a fellow congolese I knew exactly what I wanted. The sample ticket came with fried rice, baked chicken, and a choice between 2 vegetables; beans or cassava leaves. We chose to top the rice with cassava leaves (it’s one of my favourites) and we also ordered additional beignet for $5 because…. well… we just couldn’t resist!
For our last ticket went towards caribbean cuisine at Bling’s authentic cuisine. The ticket got us rice and peas topped with curry goat. This was a great way to end our “3 course meal” lol. Can you believe I almost got 4 tickets? I wouldn’t have been able to make it back home.
Can we just summarize that we had beef, chicken and ended with goat. I was so full and satisfied. It was an amazing feeling to be surrounded by all these thriving black owned businesses and be able to support. A well put together event. Thank you Black Owned Unity.
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