Language of Food Event: April 27
Did you know that coffee originated in Ethiopia? So does the Blue Nile River and so, judging by archeological finds like the famous “Lucy” fossil, might the entire human race. Known as “nature’s finest spice garden” for its spicy and varied cuisine, the country once known as Abyssinia remains a well-kept secret. Here is your chance to experience this diverse and ancient culture through art, food, music, and dance.
New Visions of Ethiopia
The journey begins on Thursday, April 25th from 6:30pm-8:30pm, with a FIRESIDE CHAT hosted by Fred Lundhal, from Langely’s Music for the Eyes, focusing on the work of author and activist Majka Burhardt, journalist and radio host Nigist Seifu, and friends. Expect a stimulating multi-media discussion of food anthropology, adventure, and the impact of the coffee crop on world politics and global understanding. A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony is planed preceding the event. A donation on a sliding scale from $25-$15 is suggested at the door. Ethiopian refreshments will be available for purchase beginning at 6pm.
Wednesday, April 17th, through April 28th, the community is welcome to drop by and enjoy a special art show by contemporary Ethiopian artist Fasika Moges, Art of the Alley. Mr. Moges’ art combines an interest in tradition with modern style and expression. His paintings range from highly abstract to almost realistic, and from traditional to innovative in technique, the use of color and texture, and the choice of tools and materials.
Ethiopian Cooking Class
On April 27th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm join Aster Bihon and family in a hands-on Cooking Class focusing on ancient Ethiopian recipes and preparation techniques. Discover the subtle and aromatic spices that make Ethiopian cuisine renowned throughout the world. Find out about the use of T’eff, the first grain to be domesticated by humans, and now recognized as a nutrition powerhouse. Pre-registration required. Cost is $35 dollars.
The week will culminate on the evening of Saturday, April 27th, from 5:30pm-9:30pm with the Language of Food event Discover Ethiopia! Beginning with a traditional communal feast, Ethiopian style, participants will mingle with Ethiopian visitors – savoring dishes like Azifa,Doro Wat, Fosolia, Ye’ Abesha Gomen, Siga Tibbs and of course the indispensable flatbread Injera. Members of the Ethiopian Community Association of Seattle Youth Dance Group will present a medley of ethnic dances, and musicians on Makinko and Kirare and other surprise guests and performers will share their heritage for a memorable, one of a kind evening. Special thanks to the ECS and Salon Ethiopia for their support.
Seating is limited; advance reservations are recommended, as the event is certain to sell out quickly. Cost is $65 per person. Package pricing is available for the evening event plus overnight accommodations. Please inquire. NWLA also welcomes volunteers in various capacities.
The event will be held at the NWLA Cultural Center in Langley. Overnight accommodations are available in the Cultural Center’s luxurious Guesthouse, at 5023 Langley Rd, Langley, WA 98260.