Culinary excellence at GTBank’s Food and Drink Fair in Lagos
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc restated its commitment to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) through its Food and Drink Fair, which had its second edition last weekend in Lagos. Going by the large turnout and colourful array of exhibition stands and assorted dishes laid out, it was obvious that the initiative had caught on among Nigerians.
Over 100 small businesses in Nigeria’s food industry were provided with free stands at the GTBank Food and Drink event that provided them a vibrant platform to connect with a wider segment of their target markets.
It would be recalled that the 2016 edition of the fair had over 90 exhibitors from the food sector and attracted more than 25,000 guests. This year, the organisers went the extra mile to provide Master Classes, led by internationally renowned chefs and sales exhibitions by small businesses, and a Farmers’ Market, where SMEs involved in agriculture showcased and sold fresh and organic farm products, as well as a Baking Master class for children.
The Master Classes were led by Raphael Duntoye, chef patron of la petite maison, famous food and fitness expert, Kevin Curry, TV chef and pop-up restaurateur; Lerato Umah-Shaylor and renowned food blogger, Jehan Powell. Others included Ronke Edoho, founder of 9jafoodie.com, Nkesi Enyioha, owner of HSE Café, Abiola Akanji of Red Dish Chronicles and Benedict Okuzu, the West African Chef Ambassador for German home appliance brand, Miele.
Also, a diverse range of restaurants were on ground to offer mouth-watering dishes, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment as well as savoury wine tastings that enabled attendees experience an exciting and eclectic mix of undiscovered brands and household names.
While commenting on the fair, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje, said, “We are delighted to return with the second edition of GTBank Food and Drink Fair. This year, we are raising the bar on the scope and features of the event to deliver an exquisite experience of Nigeria’s diverse culinary mosaic to our customers, the general public and food enthusiasts from around the world. With the successes of the first edition of the fair and fashion weekend events, we are encouraged to do more, thus connecting businesses to consumers, creating new markets and business opportunities for our customers.”