All is set for the inaugural Zimbabwe Food and Culture Festival scheduled to run in Harare from 23 – 25 May 2019.
The festival is set to promote and restore cultural diversity, unite diversity, unite locals, bridge the cultural divide and promote domestic tourism.
The event will not only focus on festivities but also on other serious and pressing business such as lobbying for policy change to strengthen local culture preservation and food consumption.
Fundraising for Cyclone Idai Victims will continue and finally it is envisaged that it will enhance community engagement and awareness.
A skills development and corporate social responsibility (CSR) workshop will run concurrently and will impart life skills to scores of people expected to throng the Harare Gardens and whose target audience range from the youth, general public, cultural custodians to scholars, diplomatic corps, international and business community.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Head of Corporate Affairs Godfrey Koti said it was also the responsibility of the authority to educate locals on destination Zimbabwe.
“As the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority we are very delighted and elated to be having such events of this magnitude. We are looking forward to people coming out to experience the Zimbabwean culture, the Zimbabwean food and all the rich culinary activity the country has to offer,” he said.
“We want to grow the numbers of people who visit the country but most importantly we have to educate the local community about destination Zimbabwe.
“It’s a 360 approach, we look at the food, the culture, the people, we look at the facilities, we look at the heritage. Locals must be able to know them so that they experience them and enjoy them which will ultimately drive up numbers.”
The fiesta is a brainchild of The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa.