Food & Wine Galore at APTA's Annual African Smorgasbord Event on Park Avenue


The second annual African Smorgasbord was in full force last night at the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue, a stone’s throw fro Grand Central in Manhattan.

The African Smörgǻsbord is an event driven by APTA and focuses on the Foods and Wines of Africa. Of course there’s music, a raffle, a slide show and products on display as well.   Participants included Hugo UysPonty BistroMadiba RestaurantPierre Thiam CateringBuka New YorkKeffa CoffeeThe Seasoned PotRain Africa in NYC; Just Kadi; Lalibela Restaurant; Pearl Naidoo; DGB WinesBraai TimeNkosi Distinctive Imported CraftsAmarula; Nederburg Wine; Two Oceans WineSouth African Tourism and Travel Sommelier. 

Prizes included Coffee from Keffa Coffee; autographed book from Colin Cowie; Bag from Just Kadi; autographed book from Pierre Thiam; Goodie Basket from Braai Time; dinner for two from The Cecil; selection of wines from DGB; dinner for two from E&E Grillhouse, Goodie bag from Talier Trading Group.

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