Hopeful Signs-First Annual Zimbabwe Traditional and Organic Food Festival
By Joe Wilson reporting from Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2013
The first Zimbabwe Traditional and Organic Food Festival took place in Harare on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Farmers groups from around the country, NGOs, Government ministries, and small businesses all had stands displaying a variety of traditional and organic foods. The rain held off and we had a cool, cloudy day which saw many traditional food enthusiasts come flocking to the Botanic Gardens where the festival took place.
The festival ran from 9 until 4 and over the lunch period there was a range of traditional foods for sale, mostly from Zimbabwe but also from Congo, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Being a festival there was also music all day, a lot of it traditional.
Over the last few decades Zimbabweans have been rejecting their good, wholesome traditional foods in favor of the higher prestige processed foods. It has been a ridiculous erosion of good sense. But it's the same as has been happening all over the world as people fall prey to the big food industry con.
There are some small signs of a shift in attitude as traditional foods become more acceptable here in Zimbabwe. But there's a lot of work to do to change attitudes. This festival is one step in that direction. It will become an annual event and there are plans to take activities nationwide.