The Boorhanol Islam Movement held a heritage food fair at the Bo-Kaap cultural hub last Saturday to raise funds for their social welfare programmes.
While Masturah Adams, the head of social welfare for the Boorhanol Islam Movement and the organiser of the event, could not confirm the amount collected at the time of publication, she was delighted at the turnout despite of the Covid-19 restrictions.
“We were busy until 5pm. It was an enjoyable event that was greatly supported and we are pleased with the turnout,” said Ms Adams of the event that started at 10am.
“The funds raised will be used to organise and maintain our soup kitchens and social welfare programmes. We feed the homeless people in and around the city, we have satellite kitchens in Parkwood, Ottery and Langa so it’s not just a Bo-Kaap thing, we do serve Bo-Kaap but we do extend our services to other areas.”
Yusuf Daniels, the author of Living Coloured (because black and white were already taken) a best seller in 2019, hosted a book signing for his third book, Living the hustle, at the festival.
“I tasted the heritage in the boontjie bredie,” said Mr Daniels of one of the many traditional dishes which were served. “The book signing was a success and I will definitely return next year for some more.”
“The food was delicious, I really enjoyed the tripe curry and although we waited a while for the vermicelli, it was worth it,” said Talia Odendaal, 41, from Heathfield.
“It was a good experience to see all this happening in the Bo-Kaap. I really enjoyed the vermicelli and ice-cream,” said Sumaya Fakier, 43, from Goodwood.