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Am’Harit Food Fair: A Fair That Celebrates Gambian Cuisine

By Yunus S Saliu

One of the latest immersive celebrations of food, drink, and culinary delights of destination Gambia is the Am’Harit Food Fair.

The inaugural Am’Harit Food Fair held, on Saturday, was organized by the Am’Harit Catering Service to celebrate Gambian Cuisine taking into consideration the achievement of the Gambia Chefs at the recently held West African Food Festival (WAFFEST) held in Lagos, Nigeria, where Chef Bojang-led team declared winner of the Jollof Competition.

The Food Fair was organized and held at the Am’Harit Catering Service at Pipeline Mosque Junction along Kairaba Avenue and was attended by a large crowd of people which included officials of the Ministry of Health, FSQA, NaNA, GIEPA, GCCI, KMC, customers of Am’Harit Catering Service and lovers of food and drinks among others.

The management of Am’Harit Catering Service declared food and drinks to be served free of charge to every attendee of the food fair with lots of takeaway food packages.

Declaring open the event, Gibril Baldeh, the proprietor of Am’Harit welcomed everyone and described the event as a special one to celebrate the Gambian cuisine.

He said Am’Harit means ‘get a friend,’ and this is the first Food Fair event it will hold to celebrate “authentic Gambian cuisine at a time when the Gambia representatives to the WAFFEST competition in Nigeria were crowned as champion winning Jollof Competition at the festival.”
Adding that this victory in the competition prompted Am’Harit to organize the Am’Harit Food Fair to celebrate the winners and Gambian Cuisine.

“If Gambian chefs can go to another country to contest in a cuisine competition and come back as the champion, we have all the reason to celebrate our cuisine locally, which is one of the reasons we organized this fair” he stated.

He, therefore, used the moment to thank the lead chef, Bojang, who had led the Gambian contingent to the event.

However, he outlined the achievements of Am’Harit Catering Service which include being the pioneer in bringing Gambian dishes online and bring it to the doorstep of every customer who places an order,
Among their dishes include ebeh, domoda, fufu, cowfoot soup, cherreh, mbahal, yassa and lots more.

“We cater for all catering services and create an unforgettable experience with our culinary skills that will always make you have an appetite and ask for more when you dine with us. That’s why we are second to none in the Gambia,” he added.

Ousman Kebbeh, a retired tourism guru applauded the management of Am’Harit Catering Service for taking a bold step to organize the Am’Harit Food Fair to celebrate Gambian Cuisine taking into consideration the victorious performance of Gambian Chef at the West African Food Festival held in Lagos, Nigeria.

He encouraged everyone to patronize Am’Harit Catering Service, especially by using their online service to place orders “They are fast, reliable, and simply one of the best.”

Mr. Njundu Barry of GiEPA, and Dembo Jobarteh among others made speeches at the fair, while the event was punctuated with food and drinks, entertainment, and so on.


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