afrofeast

food and travel blog

Kenya’s food offerings are diverse, with influences from all over the world. The most common food staple is ugali, which is made from cornmeal, and usually served with vegetables and stew. Irio, a combination of mashed peas and potatoes, is another common dish and is often eaten alongside nyama choma (roasted meat). Xfacton

1. Who founded afrofeast?

Dennis Obel (also called Dennis Grace), is an Australian of Ugandan origin. Dennis is dual citizen of Uganda and Australia and lives in the Northern Territory of Australia.

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Dennis Obel vending in his truck.

 

2. When was Afrofeast founded?

Afrofeast was founded in 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. The idea was conceived in 2013 in Brunswick West but operations started in March 2014 in Eltham North, Victoria.

 

Earlier in May 2010 Dennis had travelled to New York City from East Timor for holidays and admired the food truck scene there. In NYC he visited Dominic’s Italian Sausage, grabbed some sausages, and took some shots.  Dennis wanted something that would celebrate his african heritage and culture so he set up Afrofeast.

 

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3. Was Afrofeast the first African food truck in Australia?

Yes. Afrofeast was the first and only African food truck at the time although other Afro-Carribean food trucks joined in later.

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4. What food did Afrofeast sell?

Afrofeast only sold African street and traditional food, from South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

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Our menu was simple but gourmet. The bunny chow was the most popular meal. 

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The sweet potato wedges / chips were also very popular with both kids and adults.

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The Ugandan rolex was succulent and filled with vegetarian goodies.

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5. What events did Afrofeast participate in the past?

So many we have lost count. Between 2014 and 2017 Afrofeast attended Melbourne’s biggest events and festivals including Soulfest, Finders Keepers, Strawberry Fields Festival, White Night Melbourne, Moomba Festival, Tessler Tulip Festival, among others. 

 

Besides, we have worked with Australia’s biggest brands including Coca-Cola, City of Melbourne, Latrobe University, Monash University, and many more.

 

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Victoria Police enjoying bunny chow in Brimbank.

 

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6. What media has Afrofeast been featured in? 

Afrofeast has been featured in several leading magazines, blogs and newspapers such as the Herald Sun, Broadsheet, News.com.au, Beat Magazine, Weekend Notes, Salt Magazine, City Journal, SBS Food and many more. The image below is from the Sunday Herald Sun Magazine in 2014, Australia’s leading Sunday Magazine.

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7. Is Afrofeast a trademark?

Yes. The word “Afrofeast” and logo are Registered Trademarks. We came up with the name “afrofeast” in 2013 at a time no social media handle or website used it (first-to-use) and were the first to register it in 2019 (first-to-file), when people outside Australia started copying it. Please do not use without authorisation.

 

8. Is Afrofeast on social media?

Yes, we are on facebook, X (formerly twitter), Pinterest, Instagram, whatsapp and other social media channels. Please follow and support us.

 

9. How can I contact Afrofeast?

By whatsapp at the bottom of our website or email: afrofeast@gmail. com, if you believe we have infringed upon your intellectual property (IP) and want us to take it down.

 

You can also contact us if you want us to feature your business on our website to be viewed by thousands globally. If you have an event or business and would like to advertise with us please let us know. In the few months that we have been blogging since February 2024, Afrofeast has become popular with increasing organic readership in the thousands. Google has recognised the quality of our articles and featured many of them in the top page.  

 

10. What plans do you have for Afrofeast?

We will let you know in the near future – stay tuned!

 

11. What if I want to donate to Afrofeast?

Please use PayPal to donate.

 

 

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