Welcome to our virtual marketplace and restaurant guide where you can discover and support local businesses! For 30 years the festival has been sponsored by African and Black-owned businesses in the Portland metro area. This year, in the spirit of mutual aid during the COVID-19 response, we would like to invite you to support African restaurants, artisans, and shops throughout the festival in our Virtual Marketplace. In this marketplace, 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! All funds raised will go directly to Portland Community College Foundation.
- Aesthete Tea
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 their 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 & Herbalist Maggie Cassidy, who happens to be the founder’s mother.
- 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
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
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 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.
PendaWear™ is an urban/West African ArtWear brand created by Swiss-Malian Artist Penda Diakite. Her designs are a visual blend of her West African culture and urban upbringing in the States. Each item is custom, quality, made-to-order art-wear apparel for all shapes and sizes.
- 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 with traditional cottage cheese and chopped greens. Located in Northeast Portland.
- Black Star Grill
West African cuisine. Located in Southwest Portland.
E’Njoni specializes in Ethiopian-Eritrean cuisine, 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.
- Spice of Africa
The chef-driven menu highlights seasonal ingredients in simple, handcrafted dishes served straight from our kitchen. We’re serving a Kenya Platter Special for the Cascade Festival of African Films. Located in Southeast Portland.
If you are looking for even more food options, check out this great guide to Black-owned restaurants in Portland.