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Oakland – Jollof Rice Festival

July 27 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Jollof rice is a one-pot rice dish native to many countries in West Africa. Some consider it the predecessor to the cajun dish, jambalaya.

The Jollof Festival is a day-long celebration of the many variations of this dish, unique to the various West African countries that consider it a staple.

The experience of the Jollof Festival focuses on the pride West Africans exude in their native dishes.

Festival participants not only get to enjoy these foods, but get to interact with the festival itself by voting to determine the winner of the “Jollof Wars,” a head-to-head battle that pits one representative from each country against each other for the title of Best Jollof Rice.

Re-cap: ATL Jollof Festival ’18 http://bit.ly/jolloffestatl18video                                                                                      Re-cap: NYC Jollof festival ’17 https://youtu.be/Z4s-K0C6bfE                                                                                      Re-cap: DC Jollof festival ’17 https://youtu.be/htc4cOxXkCA

Number of Participants: Minimum of 5 Countries

Sample Schedule:
– 3pm Doors, Food sampling begins
– 4pm Performance
– 5pm Panel
– 6pm Performance
– 7pm Judges, Photoshoots, Dance party
– 8pm Ends

*Afterparty TBA


*Prices subject to increase
*All tickets sold are final
*This event is rain or shine
*Schedule subject to delay
*All pictures, videos taken at this event are copyrighted by @Jollof Festival
*Participating performers, vendors, chefs and restaurants TBA

Follow us on Social media or keep an eye on our site for updates:

IG: jolloffestival

FB: jolloffestival

TWITTER: jolloffestival
Website: http://www.jolloffestival.com


Has this event happened before? How did it go last year?

– Yes it has, it was a lot of fun

Re-cap: NYC Jollof festival ’17 https://youtu.be/Z4s-K0C6bfE

Re-cap: DC Jollof festival ’17 https://youtu.be/htc4cOxXkCA

Where can I join your community/movement?
– Join us here: INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK: @jolloffestival

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

– No, this is a family friendly event. Minors must be accompanied.

How much is the event for kids?

– It’s free entry for all kids under 10yrs old

What can I or can’t I bring

– Bring your phone so u can vote, friends, family and have a good time.

– Don’t bring water, bottles, food, pets. We will have to-go containers. U can buy food while there.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

– jolloffestival@gmail.com

Can I use my tasting tickets wherever I want?

– You will be given tickets with different colors to use to sample jollof rice from each country after which you get to vote

Can I buy food at the festival?

– Yes you can

Can I buy food at the festival in addition to my tasting tickets?

– Yes you can

How large are the tastings?

– Tastings are small samples but by the time you get through 5 countries you would have had several meals 🙂

Can I purchase food with a card?

– Cash might be better because not all vendors have swipe machines

What’s the refund policy?

– All tickets sold are final

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

– No, you do not need to, kindly bring a copy of the ticket on your phone and we can scan you in

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

– Yes, you can transfer your ticket to someone, but they must have a copy of the ticket

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

– That’s fine

Can I sponsor or vend?

– Yes, you can. Email us at jolloffestival@gmail.com



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