With lifestyle and cultural events slowly becoming fashionable, patrons of the first annual International Food & Lifestyle Cultural Festival will on March 26, feast on a variety of dishes from across the world.
The event organiser, Lehlompho Aboneng said the festival is meant to celebrate the food, cultural lifestyle and traditional attires of different nations under one roof. Aboneng also said the festival will celebrate and recognise the food and cultural lifestyle from African, Asian, and western countries. “Through this event, we are involving everyone to celebrate the Nigerian culture, the Southern African culture, the whole African culture, other international cultures and food in order to promote diversification of culture.
We have Indians, Nigerians, Asians and others who are now Batswana, so we have catered for these people to appreciate each other and where we come from. As such, we are going to celebrate dance, traditional beer and food,” said Aboneng. She also said the event, which will be held at Bon Famme Gardens in Metsimotlhabe, will be an opportunity for cultural-exchange between patrons of different nations.
Furthermore, she highlighted that Botswana has become a multi-national community; as such it is important for the nation to be inclusive and accommodative of other cultures. “I want to see a Chinese, an Indian wearing Khiba because it will be a sign of unity as well as preservation of one’s culture and heritage. We are expecting all cuisines to be there.
Right now we have sold food cuisine stalls including Indian, Chinese and Tswana.
We expect other Portuguese cuisines to be sold. We are looking at over 20 dishes to be on offer,” she added. Tickets for the festival sell at P50 early bird, while at the gate is P75. Squad ticket costs P150, with the VIP ticket going for P200.