A Feast on West African Culture: A Look

By January 7, 2019 February 13th, 2019 No Comments

Vadim Onishcheiko –

On July 28th, the Berkshire Carousel featured the taste of West African culture. The event was set to coincide with the annual National Carousel Day. The event hosted inaugural African food, fashion and music festival. The event was organized by Jean Jacques Follygah who is an Ivory Coast native. He wanted to share his African culture with the community along with his wife Adelaide Aka.


All About Follygah and His Love for Food

We are sure you would have wanted to be at the event, even if you love watching sports or trying out sports betting online.

Follygah is a New York Chef who has been in the industry for five years. On the day of the event, he ensured he served up West African delicacies like poulet braise(chicken), plus a four(grilled pork) and Dibi mouton(grilled lamb). Of course, everything came under a price, but luckily it was inexpensive. A plate fell under $10 and $12.

His wife Aka helped to stage with the fashion. There was a long array of models who featured African attire. The music was entirely African throughout the whole 3-hour event.

About the Event

The event attracted hundreds of volunteers that painted and carved the horses. The event was inspired by food and art that brought people together to the carousel. Nearly everyone loved the daily barbeque of last summers event.

About The Berkshire Carousel

It’s been a good journey for the Berkshire Carousel so far. It was launched 12 years ago by Jim and Jackie Shulman in Pittsfield. It is a non-profit venture designed to create a fun-filled work of art for families and friends. The residents of Berkshire County get involved in showcasing their different forms of art.

In the 2018 edition, the Fourth of July attracted more than 5,000 visitors in the first four days. The first season attracted more than 39,000 visitors. However, the numbers have declined with only 6,000 recorded last year. For this reason, the organizers decided to hold only a single day event for this year’s edition. The Saturday event only ran for three hours.

Last year’s summer event ran for six days straight, and after Labour day, the carousel continued to open even during the holidays. They hosted an average of 225 riders each Saturday. But this was all attributed to lowering of ticket prices from $3 to $2 per ride.

With the cheap ticket prices, it was a crowd favorite. This year, the tickets were lowered to $1 per ride. There was a lot of fun-filled family events and snacks, which could have kept you busy for hours on end. Carousels have been operating since 1871, and every year, they are held to commemorate the father of Carousels William Schneider. The Berkshire County brought the community together with the event, just like every year.

Are you looking to head to the event next year? You might just want to ensure that you get hold of the tickets then, because they do run out really soon!



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