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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,awards to Juneeteenth founders, 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!

Get tickets now at early bird rates!


Early bird rates before Sept. 25  (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

Get tickets--2 steps:

  1. Pay through our donation site at https://www.eastcountymedia.org.  You can also pay via credit card directly via Network for Good 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

Bunny Chow Sheebeen

Rafikiz Foodz

United Women of East Africa Support Team

Beverage Sponsors:

Amy Nelson and Jenny Currier, Bartenders

San Pasqual Winery

Deano's Pub

Brew Coffee Spot

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

Blossom and Bloom

Amethyst Moon

….and more!


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!