The Herald (Harare)

5 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Cultural Food Festival a Success

The much anticipated Cultural Food Festival was successful as more than 400 people from different cultures converged on the ZB Sports Club in Vainona on Saturday to get a taste of cuisines from around the world.

Five country representatives from the embassies of India, Spain, Italy, Austria and the hosts, Zimbabwe took turns to showcase their countries' lattés.

Dananai Chipunza, the event organiser, expressed satisfaction at the turnout.

"The turnout was superb as we got more people than we expected. The response from the diplomats was great also because even though five embassies took part, others came forward and expressed interest in taking part in the next edition of the food festival," she said.

Each of the stands had from about six different dishes and the Zimbabwe stand took pride in exhibiting the rich traditional foods that included mazondo, dried kapenta, nhopi, tsunga with peanut butter, rice with peanut butter, tripe, sadza made from millet and rapoko as well as madora which took centre stage.

"Zimbabwe has cultural diversity and as evidenced by the diverse cuisines on the stand. The problem, however, is that people take the local dishes for granted, but the international community was impressed. We had other embassies coming through and asking for recipes after tasting them at the festival," she said.

She added that it was through events like these that they were seeking to give exposure to local dishes since they have what it takes to make an impact on the international scene since it is healthy and tasty.

The Italian Embassy did not disappoint either as they not only provided samples of food, but some of their fine wine. Foodies enjoyed some of their finest wine, the Solaperto.

The Spanish ambassador's personal chef also gave food lovers the popular Spanish cuisines that he made personally.

The guest of honour, head of the European delegation to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Aldo Dell'Ariccia, commended the organisers for a job welldone while congratulating participants for a brilliant cook-off.

He also expressed his desire to see more embassies especially from the European Union participating in next year's edition of the festival as it helps showcase foreign cultures in Zimbabwe.

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