Lagos international Food and Drinks Festival returns


Organiser of Nigeria’s festival of food, drinks and culture, the Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival, have concluded arrangements to hold the third edition of the event on March 23, 2019 at the Eko Atlantic Waterfront, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Announcing this in Lagos at the weekend, the Festival Director, Mr. Ike Steve, said as a brand, Nigeria resonates with international audiences well beyond expectations through its music, culture, creativity in terms of food, among others, have continued to grab the attention of the rest of the world.

He said the festival was expected to feature a wide range of exciting activities, including a presentation of indigenous cuisines and drinks sampled from over 40 Nigerian ethnic groups, live musical performances by renowned Nigerian artists, live comedy shows, performances by cultural dance groups, chef master classes, food/art exhibitions, wine tasting sessions and seminars on food and nutrition.

Steve said they were confident that the festival, when nurtured to its full potential, would bolster the business behind the food industry in Nigeria.

He said it would create an avenue for Nigerians to think of the great economic advantage and benefits that would accrue to the participating chefs, caterers, restaurants and hotels that would provide them with shelter.

“The spin-offs it would create for local suppliers of goods and services to the food industry,” he stated.

Now think of what will happen when we expose the product to the rest of the world. The world will come to understand that Nigeria is so much more than her current stereotype. In return, this will benefit our tourism industry, impact positively on our exports, in terms of goods and services, and help to generate much needed foreign exchange. This is why we are hosting the Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival – a full day celebration of the finest foods and drinks that Nigeria has to offer the rest of the world,” he said.

The festival director promised that visitors would be exposed to “diverse and all-inclusive gastronomic exploits,” and as an opportunity to attend a wide range of creative events during the festival.

Visitors will include everyone interested in food and drinks – consumers, bulk buyers, distributors and buying agents, producers, purchasing personnel, suppliers, hotels and restaurants, financiers, etc,” he stated.

Steve said for organisations interested in exposing their brands, products or services, the Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival offers an exceptional and affordable platform to achieve this.

He adds that Exhibitors includes every player in the food, drinks and hospitality ecosystem, from manufacturers and producers to retailers and merchants; hoteliers and restaurants to financiers and government agencies.

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