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African Marketplace

Sandra W. | Aug 31, 2003 10:19 AM

This festival is held every year at Exposition Park on Figueroa, lots of music, crafts and a food court. Food from Haiti, Africa, BBQ, fried catfish, hot links, pecan pie, bread pudding, etc.

I ate something called acaraje from the Brazilian/African booth in a corner off the food court. It's a piece of dough made from black-eyed pea flour, shaped like a small football, split and filled with tiny seasoned shrimp, salsa, and a thick paste called vatape, made from ground peanuts, cashews, bread crumbs & coconut milk. It was really good! They have a jar of killer, home made hot sauce (the lady behind the counter looked frightened for me when I opened the lid.) Also had a wonderful vegetable/rice dish with a peanut sauce (savory, not sweet). And the pecan pie.... oh my!

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, and some interesting food -- they're open through labor day. $6. to get in -- the parking's more expensive.

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