On December 7th 2019, I took part of the 4th annual Kwanzaa Bazaar held at the Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists. The event was from 4 to 7 PM and free. Kwanzaa is a celebration to honor African-American culture. The celebration is held for one week from the 26 of December to the 1st of January.
Kwanzaa has 7 core principles: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. The bazaar was held prior the celebration and, I had the opportunity to serve homemade delicacies. At first I had a hard time to decide on what I was going to serve and wanted to propose snacks. Alicia, one of the organizer contacted me and asked me if I could make some Jollof rice at least since I was going to be one of the few serving food.
I came up with this menu. I offered on the menu one drink option, one dessert, 2 sides options, vegan and non vegan protein options. I was able to please all the people that came to my stand.
My jollof rice was on point: parboiled rice cooked into a tomato-bell pepper-onion stew. All the ingredients were fresh, but I had a hard trying to find some fresh corn for my steamed vegetables. Everything came out delicious and very tasty. I had people coming back to my stand for more food.
My stand was near the entrance of the auditorium, so I was able to see most of the prestations and hear those beautiful songs. I was colorful, joyful, amazing and most of it felt like home for me. Every one that came to my stand made me feel like a relative, a long lost cousin. I had a good time with my friends that came to support me and be a part of this event.
The Kwanzaa service will be held on December 29th at 10.30 AM. For the people living near Hampton Roads area this is a service not to miss.
See you there!!!