The vendors at the just concluded GTBank Food and Drink Festival couldn’t hide their emotions about the fair. Read what some of them had to say!
A lot of creative vendors came out to showcase their products at the just concluded GTBank Food and Drink Festival which recorded a huge turnout.
The vendors were excited because they felt the platform was great in connecting them with potential customers.
Christiana Oge, one of the resource persons in charge of Amanda Foods, could not hide her excitement as most of the wares she brought had been sold. Customers promised to reach out to get more pepper soup spices, and Banga, a native Nigerian dish with assorted spices, was on display, too.
According to her, she and her boss couldn't make it to the festival the first day but started selling on the second day of the festival. She said they had sold out most of their wares and had even run out of stock in the warehouse and promised to do home delivery to potential clients.
Tolu Alakija was a full bundle of joy at the event. Her energetic attitude towards her business Tiwa 'N' Tiwa Foods made a lot of people purchase her wares. Noteworthy was her garri on the go, packaged garri, groundnut and sugar served to people with chilled water. Many were impressed by her packaging. When asked about what encouraged her packaging, she said she was a lover of garri and just wanted others to comfortably drink garri in public.
A different and yet to be circulated product, which caught our attention at the festival, was puff cream, which is simply puff puff dipped in different flavours of cream. The CEO, Ese Eruotor, with her contagious smile, explained that she just wanted something different as a dessert option hence the creation of puff cream.
A lady driven by passion was Habiba Umar Etsu, owner of Wanchin Royal Foods who relocated from Niger State to Lagos to make her products known to the world. Her newer addition to her products is Bean chips, made from local beans. She said the reception of the product is still quite stiff but she believes many would love the taste of the beans chips soon enough.
The owner of Big Barn Foods, Mr Ayo Daniels, a farmer who decided to produce healthy garri and locust beans, was at the festival to showcase his products. According to him, his locust beans is quite different from those in the market because his has more quality and a less offensive smell.
Popmunch, a party oriented company which caters to parties with cocktails, mocktails and cotton candy, was also at the GTBank Food and Drink Festival. The CEO, Nkem Okafor, a shy but determined businesswoman didn’t hide her optimism for her business. According to her, she started her business two years ago and the reception has been amazing so far.
Outside, at the farmers market which was busy and crowded, one of the business owners with something unique was Masego Hills Farm. On display was pepper different from Cameroon pepper.
Overall, the festival was a huge success, as vendors were elated to have had such a platform to showcase their wares.