May 27, 2024

The Business of Food: Insights from GTCO Food and Drink Festival 2024

By Glitzedge

The GTCO Food and Drink Festival, one of the most highly anticipated events on Nigeria’s foodie calendar, recently concluded its 7th edition, a three-day extravaganza of culinary delights and cultural exchange.
The festival, held at the prestigious GTCentre in Lagos, from April 26 to 28 2024, showcased the diversity of Nigeria’s food culture, in a unique and inclusive way.

The theme of this year’s festival was, “A Celebration of Authentic Flavours” and it certainly lived up to its name. The event featured an array of foods from various states across the country, cooking masterclasses, food stalls, and street bukas (informal food stalls), each representing a different culture or cuisine. From traditional Nigerian dishes like jollof rice and egusi soup, to exotic intercontinental flavours there was something for every palate.

Major highlights of the festival was the cooking masterclasses, where renowned chefs from around the world shared their knowledge and skills with eager attendees.
The food stalls were just as diverse, with vendors from all over Nigeria and beyond showcasing their unique culinary creations.

Also, the street bukas were a particular highlight of the festival, offering a more informal and accessible way to sample a variety of dishes. From suya (spicy grilled meat) to moin moin (steamed bean pudding), the street bukas were a hive of activity and a true testament to the diversity of Nigerian food culture.

In conclusion, the GTCO Food and Drink Festival was a resounding success, showcasing the diversity of food and culture in Nigeria and beyond. The festival provided a unique and inclusive platform for vendors and attendees from different backgrounds to come together and celebrate their shared love of food. With its focus on cultural exchange and education, the GTCO Food and Drink Festival is not just a food festival, but a true cultural melting pot.
There was a love DJ on stand by thrilling attendees with nonstop music, which added to the overall atmosphere of the festival, creating a truly celebratory and inclusive environment.

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