The Afrikan Food Hall Live
The not-for-profit supermarket project has got off to a great start. A packed audience listened on and throughout Saturday 6th December 2014 people signed up for membership for £1. There was a discussion about food and health. Ackee and saltfish was served to eat during the event, then Sundjata rounded up the afternoon with a raffle for child victims of Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What is the Afrikan Food Hall?
The Afrikan Food Hall is a not-for-profit supermarket project registered in England & Wales as a social enterprise company limited by guarantee.
What will be sold at the Afrikan Food Hall?
We will focus on selling fresh fruit and vegetables popular with African and African-Caribbean communities.
Who owns the Afrikan Food Hall?
The Afrikan Food Hall is owned by its members.
Who can become a member of the Afrikan Food Hall?
Anyone can become a member of the Afrikan Food Hall even children under the age of 18 but they can't vote until they reach 18.
What do we have to do to become a member?
You have to fill in the Afrikan Food Hall's Register of Members book and pay £1.
As a member do we receive a share of the Afrikan Food Hall's profits?
No. profits made at the Afrikan Food Hall can't be redistributed to private individuals or private companies.
Where will the profits made at the Afrikan Food Hall go?
The profits will be reinvest in the Afrikan Food Hall and/or distribute to good causes within the community.
Who is on the board of the Afrikan Food Hall?
Mr Sundjata Keita chair and director, Ms Lisa Newton treasurer and director and Mrs Sandra Reid secretary.
How do you get to be a board member?
You can be invited to be on the board or as a member you can stand for election to the board at the next annual general meeting planned for November 2015.
Where will the first stores be located?
We are looking for sites in Peckham and Brixton south London.
When will the stores be open?
We are working toward opening the first two stores together in the summer of 2016.
Can I volunteer to work in the office?
Yes, we are looking for people with skills or experience in many fields. You just have to express your interest in helping out at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I supply you with my products?
We are happy to discuss any proposals you have.
Will there be a kitchen and canteen in the stores?
We are planning to have a kitchen and canteen in the stores for members to eat at a low cost.
Will there be a home delivery service?
Yes, we will deliver to premises not too far from the stores in Peckham and Brixton.
Will there be an Afrikan Food Hall in other parts of London and the UK?
Yes. we aim to open stores in areas with high African and African-Caribbean population.
Will the Afrikan Food Hall be an ethical business?
Yes, we aim to work ethically.
Food and drink served during the afternoon
Ackees and Saltfish
Ackees and saltfish is Jamaica's national dish. It's made from the ackee fruit and dried, salted cod with onions, garlic, thyme and hot scotch bonnet peppers. Ackee looks much like scrambled eggs once it's cooked and tastes similar, only a bit sweeter. This contrasts beautifully with the salty fish and spicy, herby vegetables. It's a very popular breakfast dish but is also sometimes eaten for dinner.
Jamaican rum punch makes any social occasion go with a bang. Very strong rum punches miss the point of how punch should work on you. A great mild rum punch creeps up on you over the course of the evening and makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Jamaican rum punch contains lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, fresh nutmeg, orange slices, white and dark rum.
Jamaican sorrel is not only tasty but it is good for you too. It contains flavanoids, compounds which are antioxidants. These help to deter certain cancers, and bolster the immune system. It is a good source of Vitamins A and C. The British introduced the plant during the 17th century. The sorrel plant is a member of the Hibiscus family. It is available in bottle form all year round on the island but it is at its best from November when the plant matures. Many other Caribbean islands also drink Sorrel. Sorrel contains ginger, sugar, water, cloves, pimento, cinnamon, orange peel, lemon peel, mace, Sorrel sepals and a splash of white rum.