Welcome to our marketplace and restaurant guide where you can discover and support local businesses! For over 30 years the festival has been sponsored by African and Black-owned businesses in the Portland metro area. As we continue to rebuild our communities (post-pandemic), we would like to invite you to continue your support of African restaurants, artisans, and shops. Throughout the festival, you can engage with vendors in person during our Friday and Saturday film screenings. You can order dinner in time for your film, or order a unique gift directly from the vendor by clicking on their logo.
Thank you for supporting African and Black-owned businesses in our community!
Don’t miss out on this year’s design! Order your CFAF T-shirt on RedBubble! All funds raised will go directly to the Portland Community College Foundation.
Aesthete Tea is a woman and QBIPOC-owned organic loose-leaf and herbal blend tea brand based in Portland, Oregon. Founded by Briana Thornton in 2017, Aesthete Tea maintains a strong commitment to knowing its farmers and sourcing only the highest quality ingredients from individuals and collectives that share the same values in quality, ethics, and health. All of our teas are farm-direct. Unique to Aesthete, the brand’s proprietary tea and herbal blends are created by folk healer and herbalist Maggie Cassidy, who happens to be the founder’s mother.
Archie’s Angel is a Black-owned high-quality Pan African/African American merchandised retailer. Products are handmade or imported African products For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Asaa Boutique
The Asaa Boutique is a small online boutique founded to bring the best Ghanaian-made products to your home. Our founder works with artisans throughout Ghana to bring ethically sourced and affordable gifts and products straight to your home.
Helen Rose Skincare
This unique organic skincare line is designed to moisturize, heal, and restore dry, damaged, and irritated skin while at the same time addressing mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Helen Rose Skincare products provide long-lasting deep moisture from ingredients with proven healing benefits such as organic shea butter, cocoa butter, Cupuacu butter, jojoba oil, and babassu oil.
Lovely Coils is a Black-owned, on-purpose brand – from its products handcrafted with organic and non-GMO ingredients, company purpose, and even social media posts. The heart of the brand is to leave the consumer better off, by nurturing the whole human being. These products were in essence derived for Afro-textured hair, yet they have been used by many hair types, including those with relaxed coils.
N’Kossi Boutique invites you to welcome the beauty and tradition of West African design into your life. Founding designer Komi Jean Pierre Nugloze has become a feature of local fashion since its opening in Portland in 2015. Carving a space between the artisan ethos of the Pacific Northwest and Togo, N’Kossi Boutique brings West African style to the City of Roses, with clothing, accessories, home designs, and custom tailoring for all.
Redbone’s Boutique LLC
We are a unique boutique that specializes in custom shirts with pictures and words, as well as the newest fashion clothes and accessories including masks.
Ritual + Fancy
We make handcrafted tools for beautiful moments including all-natural soy wax candles with pressed florals and wood wicks, as well as botanical bath care items.
Spice of Africa
We started our business in 2008 with one goal in mind: to educate about our food and culture while providing an enjoyable dining experience to the Portland Metro area. Thanks to our experience and dedication, we’ve managed to become masters of the craft. Providing dishes that are fresh, hearty, and simply unforgettable, we keep our customers coming back for more.
Women Artisans Resource Enterprise
Woman Entrepreneur Haoua Cheick Seip of Mali carries fine handcrafted items from all regions of Africa.
Wrap Knowledge LLC
Wrap Knowledge is your travel headwrap concierge who works to educate women, beauty advisors, and fashion advocates. The goal is to create a social community that builds relationships wrapped around health, fashion, art, and culture. Our product and service help women embrace the quality and beauty woven within their kind of uniqueness while wearing headwraps or headcovers. We provide special support to new arrivals from other countries and specific clients who desire head wrap education, information, tutorials, and concierge services.
We specialize in Ethiopian cuisine. Specifically, Kitfo – minced beef (raw or well done), cooked with butter and chili powder, accompanied by traditional cottage cheese and chopped greens. Located in Northeast Portland.
E’Njoni specializes in Ethiopian-Eritrean cuisine and local and organic food. We have over 25 delicious vegan dishes. Located in North Portland.
Hayat offers a unique blend of Somali and Mediterranean cuisines paired with friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. We’re serving a Lamb Shank Special for the Cascade Festival of African Films. Located in Beaverton.
Mama Pauline’s African Market
Marketplace carrying African grocery and other products. Located in Northeast Portland.
Queen of Sheba
In 1996, we inaugurated our Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant. In its first year, the restaurant earned 3.5 stars. By 1997, Queen of Sheba Restaurant had become one of the best restaurants in Portland. Most of our products and ingredients are directly imported from Ethiopia. Located in Northeast Portland.
If you are looking for even more food options, check out this great guide to Black-owned restaurants in Portland.
Fokas Nchimbi Swahili Instruction 2023
Kiswahili ni lugha ya Afrika ya Mashariki (Swahili is the language of East Africa). The ability to understand, speak, read, and write Swahili is the foundation for meaningful exchanges with people in and from East Africa. Dr. Fokas Nchimbi is a veteran Swahili instructor with over 25 years of experience. He has taught Swahili at the University of Dar es Salaam and for the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania, facilitating language learning via a communicative approach that combines cultural knowledge with linguistic knowledge. His former students – several of them with links to Portland – have developed deep relationships with Swahili-speaking peoples and places, and have had numerous successes in fields such as diplomacy, academia, and literary translation. He has also taught by Zoom to people in various parts of the world with a comfortable schedule. Remote instruction and in-person homestay instruction in Tanzania are available. Materials provided by the instructor. Competitive and adjustable rates.
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