For two years the Zimbabwe Traditional and Organic Food Forum has held a food festival as part of contributing to efforts to improve what Zimbabweans eat. More and more people are recognising how the Zimbabwean diet has lost its diversity and is becoming impoverished.
Eating outside the box
That’s the theme of this year’s 3rd Traditional and Organic Food and Seed Festival to be held at the Harare Botanical Gardens on 17th October 2015.
The festival is a chance for food lovers, farmers and food producers from around Zimbabwe to gather in Harare and interact with retailers and consumers. It’s a chance to celebrate diverse foods from all over the country and to stay up to date with what is happening in this field.
This year’s highlights
As usual the festival will include exhibitors, a food court, a kids’ zone and entertainment. Exhibitors will be able to showcase their activities and sell fresh or processed produce. The food court stalls will be selling snacks as well as proper meals for lunch, featuring organic and traditional foods. We celebrate foods from other parts of Africa as well as Zimbabwe.
This year we are adding the dimension of seed for the first time. Organisations working with farmers and farmers’ groups are invited to bring displays of seeds to be a part of this festival. The aim is to display the great diversity of seed (and thus food) that still exists amongst smallholder farmers from across Zimbabwe, to emphasize the link between seed diversity and nutrition, resilience to climate change, and sustainability. This will also give farmers from different parts of the country an opportunity to exchange seed.
Another new feature this year will be seed and food passes. These will enable visitors to sample some of the products on sale as well as to buy vouchers, which they can exchange for seed samples from the exhibitors.
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See you at the festival