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The Loft at I/O SPACES

8222 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Join us for the JOLLOF WARS DC this July 7th 2019 at DC most iconic venue: The Loft at I/O SPACES, a four floor penthouse space. Where African Chefs will go knife to knife in an effort to win the 2019 title of who makes the best Jollof and go home with a $1000 cash prize.

During the Jollof WARS, you will also get to savour different flavors of jollof from West Africa. Enjoy Digital Experiences, Virtual Reality games, Live Cooking Demos and music by the Internationally Acclaim Afrobeats DJ, DJ Claude Di Martian.

Additionally, we will be giving a portion of our proceeds to support the Shepherd’s Table Bright Meal program, a Maryland Based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which has provided meals and housing to homeless neighbors in need for the last 35 years.

Ticket Experiences

Register for A VIP Table: Come & enjoy VIP experience with friends/family, Skip the line, Premuim cocktails, Champagne, Unlimited Jollof and sponsor gift bag.

Register for General Admission: Access to unique food vendors, purchase tasting tickets as needed and a fun party with live entertainment, live cooking demos and so much more!



  • All dishes will prepared on site, no home cooked meals.

  • Points will be based, Time, Presentation, Originality and Taste.

  • Next the chef and the ambassador will get the chance to pitch to the judges. Presentation will account 30% of the final points.

  • Presentation & Cooking Time will account for the final 20% of the points.


  • Public voting will start March 1st.

  • Submissions close May 15th.

  • Finalists will be announced on June 1st.


The top finalist from each country will be paired with an invited celebrity ambassador to defend their nation live during Jollof Wars DC. Only once are you confirmed as a finalist.

To compete in the Wars Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/rY7tKD2EBnsCsmgl2

To be a Vendor Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/y2HjLy0kvb16UQWC2

Winner will take home a cash prize of $1000, 12 months of membership at I/O SPACES, a championship cup & a year of bragging rights.

Check out previous winners: blavity.com/jollof-wars-nigeria-washington-dc


Are you affliated with other Jollof Events happening in the city?
No! we are the organizers of the Jollof Hackathon & Jollof Wars DC which will be hosted at THE LOFT AT I/O SPACES.

Has this event happen before?
Yes, in 2017 I/O SPACES was a partner in planning the Jollof Hackahon events in DC and NY. In 2018, I/O SPACES succesfully closed over $10,000 in cash sponsorships and partnerships commitements, which included identifying the final venue for the 2018 DC event > Press: https://blavity.com/jollof-wars-nigeria-washington

What will be different about the 2019 Jollof Wars?

We will delivering a unique experience that only I/O SPACES knows how to best to in a brand new 4 floor space. In the past, vendors cooked their jollof at home, then brought it in to present a cold or microwaved dish for food competitions.

WE ARE PUTTING AN END TO THAT NONSENSE! Jollof is best served straight out the pot, so this Jollof Wars will be a live competition, chefs will bring all the ingredients to the venue, and cook live infront the audience Master Chef Style. Select Judges will score them from time, presentation, and taste.

I'm interested in being a sponsor. How can I get more information?

For more information about becoming a sponsor please email heather@iospaces.com

Where can I join your community/movement?

- Join us here: INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK

What are my parking options for the event?

Attendees can use the free parking that is available in the Street or Public Parking Lot behind the building . Additional free street parking is available on behind the 7/11 on Silver Spring Avenue.

How does this event benefit Shepard Tables?

We will to raise to $1000 from the event proceeds which will be donated Shepard Tables Bright Meal Program to provide food for up to 150 people.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

- No, this event is family friendly. Minors must be accompanied. ID required to purchase alchohol.

How much is the event for kids?

- It's free entry for all kids under 8yrs old.

What can I or can't I bring

- Bring your phone so u can share the good times with those far away, friends, family and have a good time.

- Don't bring containers, bottles, drinks, food, pets. We will have to-go containers. U can buy food while here.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

- jollof@iospaces.com

I'm a journalist/blogger and would like to write about your event. Who should I contact?

For all media inquiries, please email press@iospaces.com

Can I buy food at the Jollof Wars?

- Yes you can

Can I buy food at the Jollof Wars in addition to my tasting tickets?

- Yes you can

How large are the tastings?

- Tastings will only be for Jollof dishes from the different countries, they wont be full meals.

Can I purchase food with a card?

- Yes, however cash is highly encouraged, since vendors may not carry enough change.

What's the refund policy?

- All tickets sold are final, but you are free resell your tickets to a friend or transfer it to someone else.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

- No, you do not need to, kindly bring a emailed ticket on your phone and you are good to go.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

- Yes, you can transfer your ticket to someone else.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

- Yes, no worries.

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