Getting vendors for the first festival was VERY HARD. There’s a vendor I begged to participate but they refused - they told me they would never make their money back. Another just kept giving his assistant to answer my calls.
NOSA: So many vendors rejected us sha. I remember the Ginger Tapas owner called me like a day before and asked me to justify why she should participate. That she had some other event or something like that.
FOLLY: The great thing is that I’m lowkey proud now and I don’t beg vendors to do Festival - I hope I don’t regret saying this but I believe you get my drift. We’re fortunate to now have vendors look forward to participating in our events.
NOSA: Seeing all the vendors sell out made me so happy because our first set of vendors took a massive risk with us. Seeing them make their money back was like vindication of sorts
FOLLY: On the attendees side, we’re very lucky to have been able to convert our online audience to event attendees. In my opinion, we pioneered large scale food festivals in Lagos.
NOSA: Maybe not large scale food festivals, but we definitely pioneered free entry.
FOLLY: EatDrinkFestival was not the first food festival in Lagos (or the second) but it’s been the most successful. Once the other festival organizers saw people turn out en masse for our first two festivals, the approach switched.
NOSA: *sideye GTB*
FOLLY: Heels in the Kitchen, Cocktailville & Chops, Limehouse Bars. Imoteda, Eze, Wura y’all are the real MVPs as you’ve participated in every EatDrinkFestival as well as Jollof too. Your reward is coming in December.