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September 7, 2023  (La Mesa) –Tickets are now on sale for our “Taste of Africa” event!  The festivities will be Sunday, October 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center in the Arbor Room (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941).

Join us for a fun-filled evening including tastes of African cuisine from local African restaurants and caterers, African dancers and drummers, DJ and dancing, speakers including wildlife conservation leader Coe Lewis of NSEFU and Assembly member Akilah Weber, Africa videos Community Champion awards, raffle, live and silent auction.

The grand prizes are six-night photo safari packages for two at Zulu Nyala - a fabulous private wildlife preserve in South Africa! Other live auction prizes include a larimar bracelet, wine basket, hand-crafted ukelele with African theme, camping gear, and more.

Our raffle and silent auction is huge with many gift certificates and gift baskets from local restaurants, stores, wineries and other vendors, as well as hand-crafted African items and more.

Suggested attire:  African themed (animal print fabric, traditional African, safari wear, or tropical)

Get tickets now! We are nearly sold out.  Questions? Call 619-698-7617


Early bird rates before Sept. 28  (after that,  rates will  go up by $5-$10 per ticket)

 $70 per ticket (General admission)

$65 per ticket (Dining Club members and monthly sustaining donors)

$520 table for 8

After Sept. 28:

$75 per ticket

table for 8 $560

Get tickets--2 steps:

  1. Pay through our donation site at https://www.eastcountymedia.org/donate .  You can also pay via credit card or Paypal . Just donate the amount for your total number of tickets or table.
  2. RSVP to editor@eastcountymagazine.org with all names in your party to reserve space. Please put “RSVP Taste of  Africa” in subject line and we will send you confirmation of your reservation. 

Questions? Call 619 698 7617.

All proceeds benefit East County Media, a 501c3 nonprofit that supports East County Magazine and the East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Music Sponsors and Performers:  Cal Coast Credit Union, Buki Domingos &  DSoul, African Drum and Dance CompanyWorldwide, DJ  Preacherman, Ileayan Cultural Institute of Higher Learning

Food Sponsors

Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant (Ethiopian)

Bunny Chow Sheebeen (South African)

Rafikiz Foodz (Kenyan)

United Women of East Africa Support Team (East African)

Kabul Kebobs (Afghan-similar to North African)

Beverage Sponsors:

Amy Nelson and Jenny Currier, Bartenders

San Pasqual Winery

Deano's Pub

Brew Coffee Spot

Elevated Coffee & Confections

Prize Sponsors:

Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge

Zest Wine Bistro

Wearable Ceramics by Tara  SC

Visionary Dance Theatre

Vineyard Grant James


San Carlos Jewelers


Miriam  Raftery

Purple Owl Café

Oasis Camel Dairy

Oak Creek Guitars

Neil Diamond Experience at the Magnolia

Mueti Bistro

Maxwell House of Books

Mastiff Kitchen

Jeremy’s On The Hill

IQ Barbecue

Hunter's Nursery

Helix Soap Co.

Jonathan Goetz

Glamour Girlz

FA Hair Braiding & Fashions

Deerhorn Valley Vineyards

Blossom and Bloom

Amethyst Moon

….and more!


Table Sponsors

San Diego Racial Justice Coalition

Scripps  Mercy Hospital

Cal State San Marcos Nursing School

Change Begins with Me

George and Linda Toussaint


Be a sponsor!  Call (619)698-7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org


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Please come with your phone!

Check-in at these restaurants and give them five stars, the ones you like, please, at Taste of Africa October 8 hosted by East County Magazine! That's a tip, too! And stop in any time to these organizations that donated auction and raffle prizes; please let them know we appreciate it!