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Sweet Treats for a Sweet Girl at #EatDrinkAbuja

The EatDrinkFestival is an annual food festival proudly organized by the team. An ever-evolving event, the festival is aimed at connecting food vendors and celebrity chefs with aspiring chefs and individuals who simply have a fine taste for food. For most of its existence, the Festival had only been available to the residents of Lagos. Last weekend, however, things took a historical turn with the first ever #EatDrinkFestival hosted in Abuja!

A few members of the team and I made our way to Nigeria’s capital city last weekend. While other team members were choked with organisational duties and the smooth running of festival activities, I was in Abuja for one simple mission; Eat, Drink, Repeat. I did exactly that.

Food festivals are glorious. Being surrounded by pleasant aromas, a myriad of flavours and people who are just excited about food as you are is absolutely uplifting for the spirits. At the festival, 20 food and drink vendors dished out their finest and as always, I picked a thing or two I’d like to write about. I visited as many vendors as I could and now, I will be telling you why I will either find their home addresses or erase them from my memory, Dumbledore style. Over the next couple days I’ll be telling you about my favorite vendors at the Festival.

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Buttercream Abuja

Build Your Own Cupcake: Chocolate Cupcake, Maltesers, Caramel Popcorn and a Shot of Baileys

Thoughts

Buttercream Abuja happens to be the first vendor I tried at the festival. While everyone made a beeline to Cocktailville n Chops, I decided to start off sweet. One of the things that drew me to Buttercream’s stand was the giant pink balloon arch. It was so cute!

The owners were especially friendly, offering me a bit of their Nutella Banana Bread as a sample. It was absolutely delicious. That’s a lot coming from me because I would usually never put banana bread in my mouth.

I had the option of having a regular cupcake and building my own personalised treat. I decided to go with the latter. A chocolate cupcake, Maltesers, Caramel popcorn and shot of Baileys later, I was in my happy place.

Biting into the cupcake, I felt like I was biting into a fresh cloud. It was fluffy, moist and its sweetness was thoroughly balanced. The creaminess of the Baileys complimented the taste of the chocolate so well while the Maltesers and Caramel popcorn added a bit of crunch to the smooth, fluffy texture. Overall, this was a win.

Verdict

I absolutely loved them! Between their amazing customer service and the even more amazing cupcake, I can’t decide what got me the most. Would recommend to everyone I’ve ever met.

Yogurberry

Cookies and Cream Yoghurt, Cashews and Cookies (Toppings)

Thoughts

I visited the Yogurberry stand a bit late, so they’d run out of a couple of froyo flavours. Bummer! I feel like the vendor understood my pain because he looked sadder than I was telling me they only had a few flavours left. Of the ones available, the Cookies & Cream caught my fancy so I decided to try that out. For the toppings, I went with cashew nuts and chocolate chip cookies. The game was set.

The yoghurt was a flavour overload! The cashews provided a twist to the sweetness of the yoghurt and cookies. I have a sweet tooth but I don’t particularly fancy overwhelmingly sweet treats. This frozen treat kept its sugar levels friendly. On the matter of texture, the yoghurt was smooth and silky. I really enjoyed eating this.

Verdict

Yogurberry is doing an amazing job with frozen yoghurts. Unfortunately, they don’t have branches in Lagos so I can’t pop in at will.

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Waffle Stop

Waffle Pops – Waffles with chocolate and caramel syrup, coconut flakes and crushed Oreos

Thoughts

Taking a walk through the festival, my nose picked up on the most delightful thing and I absolutely had to trace the scent. That’s how I found myself at Waffle Pops. Waffles are a personal favourite so I took no time in ordering.

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The vendor at the Waffle Pops stand had to be one of the bubbliest people I’ve ever met. I loved her energy. The base dish was the waffle which could then be topped with an assortment of syrups and candies. I decided to go for chocolate syrup, coconut flakes and crushed Oreos. The bubbly lady was nice enough to drizzle on some extra caramel syrup and that made me pretty happy.

Let me tell you when I bit into this waffle, I caught a glimpse of paradise. It was warm, super soft and fluffy! It’s almost as if the waffle melted in my mouth. I can’t put into words the joy I felt eating this waffle. It was perfect. While making notes on all the things I’d tried, the only reaction I could muster on this was a ‘whoa!’ That’s exactly how I felt. That is still how I feel. I’m still shook!

Verdict

I want to be adopted by the owner of waffle pops and fed waffles everyday in an air-conditioned room while watching Rick and Morty. If my waistline breaks up with me because of these waffles I won’t even be mad. Transitioning from an hour-glass to a blob shouldn’t be too hard. Round is a shape, right?

#EatDrinkAbuja: Denise's Official Recap

Over the last five years, the EDL team has hosted the residents of Lagos to a fun and flavour filled food festival known as the #EatDrinkFestival. Last weekend, the team spread its wings and took it all the #EatDrinkFestival all the way to the capital city!

On the 8th of June 2019, friends, families and foodies from all over the federal capital territory – and Nigeria, if we’re keeping it a buck – gathered at Harrow Park to delve into a world of culinary delicacies and delight. All day long, we were surrounded by pleasant aromas, a wide variety of flavours and people who were excited to eat just as much as we were! Between the sights, smells and scenery, we can’t tell what we loved most about the #EatDrinkFestival!



The Sights and Scents

The #EatDrinkFestival hosted 20 food and drink vendors and a myriad of side attractions powered by our sponsors Sterling Bank and Maggi.

Each vendor came prepared with a hands-on team and special menu curated specifically for the festival. Vendors kept their stands colourful by adorning them with balloons, flowers, signature umbrellas – hello, Crazy Pe0ple Cocktails – tiki cups and so much more!

All around the park, you could spot umbrellas attached to benches in Maggi’s signature yellow and red colours. These umbrellas provided much needed shade to the sun – and rain – while the festival took place. Asides the cute umbrellas, Maggi provided various side attractions including a live and colourful food demo by Chef Punshak on Chicken and SeaFood stir fry, a cooking competition with attractive prizes and an Instagram worthy photo accessory in no other word than ‘Maggi’.

Sterling bank brought their A-Game by giving us lovers of technology a bit more fun than we signed up for. At the Sterling stand, festival attendees were given the opportunity to participate in Karaoke, Virtual Reality Simulations and so much more! You were sure to laugh while hearing a scream or two coming from the VR stand. The word ‘hilarious’ doesn’t even cut it.

The #EatDrinkFestival kept it family friendly by providing giant versions of popular games such as Snakes and Ladders, Jenga and so much more! Watching the giant Jenga pieces tumble to the floor is top 2 most entertaining things on the planet and it is not number two.


The Scents and Scintillating Flavours

When you have 20 fabulous food vendors and a host of celebrity chefs like Chef Punshak and Chef Ayo, there’s no doubt that the flavours wafting about Harrow Park last weekend were only befitting for the gods.

At every corner, the rich, smoky smell of grilled meats and the sweet aromas of pastries and desserts were sure to be assaulting your senses. Pastry/dessert vendors like Waffle Stop kept it sweet while Legal Tender Cocktails kept it fresh and fruity for our vegan/fitness inclined attendees. From Chef Punshak’s deliciously aromatic stir fry to Chef Ette’s spicy barbecue grill, there was no escape to the siren scents of food.

Flavours and textures made to satisfy every food whim or craving were present at the #EatDrinkFestival last weekend. From the strong, delicious flavours of Korede Spagetti to the sweet, delectable frozen treats dished out be Entrees Cocktails, every possible flavour need was satisfied at the festival. Attendees came prepared to satisfy their cravings for exotic food flavours and scintillating scents. They were not disappointed.


The Scenery

Harrow Park provided lush green scenery to which vendors and sponsors dotted with colour. The sharp contrast of Maggi’s coloured umbrellas and the white tents created a delicate picturesque balance to the festival’s feng shui.

On entering the park, attendees were greeted with an Instagram worthy photo accessory pleasantly decorated with leaves and fruits. At the perimeter of the festival, the vendors set up shop, attending to foodies, friends and families alike. At the centre of the park, Sterling Bank hosted attendees to VR simulations, Karaoke and many other attractions. Just by the Sterling stand, attendees could be spotted participating in giant board games like Snakes and Ladders and Jenga. Sitting areas took up the area just beside the gaming area and the area close to the magi stand where Chef Punshak held his live demo and cooking competition. The park offered enough play room for kids and teenagers while giving adult enough space to stroll and bond over delicious food.

Our festival attendees kept their clothing comfy and classy. They really knew how to dress to impress while dressing to ingest. Many attendees kept it simple with off shoulder tops, free flowing gowns/jumpsuits or casual jeans/shorts and a top.

It was a good one, Abuja. The team will be back next year

Preparing for #EatDrinkAbuja: Meet the Vendors 4

It’s FOUR days to go to the very first EatDrinkFestival Abuja and we are THRILLED.

This is the 4th and final instalment in the get to know our vendors series is here. see part 1 here, part 2 here , and part 3 here.

We have 19 amazing vendors who will be joining us at EatDrinkFestival Abuja and we know you can’t wait, so let’s just get right into it.


Lynn Wholefoods

Instagram Handle: @lynn.wholefoods

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What to Expect: Cld pressed juices. Healthy smoothies. Incase you haven’t clocked it yet via their name, Lynn Wholefoods will be serving up some healthy juice and smoothie options.

What Would Oluwatobi Get? (WWOG): Beauty and the Beet, because - even at the risk of sounding corny -  it sounds like a fairytale with its a mix of orange, strawberry, beetroot and mint.

 

Yogurberry

Instagram Handle: @yogurberryng

What to Expect: If you love frozen sweet treats, Yogurberry is the place to be! Enjoy low calorie, low fat yoghurts, bursting with flavour!

Keep it healthy, keep it sweet!

What Would Denise Get? (WWDG): Red Velvet Waffles – N1,200. They had me at chicken, honestly.

 

Pow Pan Asian Restaurant

Instagram Handle: @pow_restaurant

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What to Expect: For those of us who love spicy and flavourful food, Asian food is always a hit! At Pow Pan, expect strong and prominent flavours which delight your palate at every turn!

What Would Denise Get? (WWDG): Prawn Mayonnaise Spring Rolls. Prawn and mayonnaise spring rolls are literally my favourite thing on the planet! These spring rolls are the real slice of heaven

 

Korede Spagetti

Instagram Handle: @koredespagetii

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What to Expect: Fierce delectable spices and grilled goodness! I promise, because Korede’s shop was my everyday plug when I was in UNILAG. Any student can testify, the food is top-notch.

What Would Oluwatobi Get? (WWOG): There’s something to be said for nostalgia, and so I am definitely going to have the classic Korede’s Special stir fry spaghetti and grilled turkey.

 

Corporate Jollof N More

Instagram Handle: @corporatejollofnmore

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What to Expect: Good old Nigerian food goodness.

What Would Oluwatobi Get? (WWOG): There’s Amala, gbegiri and ewedu on the menu, I think it’s pretty obvious what I’d be getting.


While you’re getting excited for the Festival, we’d like to remind you that EatDrinkAbuja is a completely cashless event so skip the queues and buy your event ticket online (N1000). This allows you to have access to the dedicated online ticket queue to pick up your wristband at the festival.

What Does a Cashless Event Mean?

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  1. Buy your event ticket and you get given a wristband that has a special RFID chip in it.

  2. You can load your festival wristband with money (pay with cash or debit card) at the front desk or any of the top up stations around the festival.

  3. The RFID chip in the wristband can be read by the special tablet device given to all vendors.

  4. Once you have loaded funds onto your wristband, you can visit any of the food or drink vendors on-site. Let them know what you would like to purchase, they will tap the products on their device, and then scan your wristband in order to deduct the correct amount - and then it's time to enjoy your purchase! 

  5. It’s very fast and very easy. There are no issues with not having change or the POS network being down.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH I HAVE LEFT ON MY WRISTBAND?

You can simply ask any vendor or top-up staff member to scan your wristband to see how much credit you have remaining. After each transaction, the vendor will also show you the balance you have remaining.

Preparing for #EatDrinkAbuja: Meet the Vendors 3

It’s 9 days to go and we are still sooo excited because EatDrinkFestival Abuja is getting closer. It’s holding on Saturday June 8, 2019.

This is the 3rd instalment in the get to know our vendors series; see part 1 here and part 2 here.

Failure to plan is planning to fail and that’s why one of our top tips each year is to check out the menus of the vendors before the event. This way you can think about what you’re looking forward to and plan a budget along those lines.

Do you have any vendors you’re looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!


Entrees Cocktails

Instagram Handle: @entreescocktails

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What to Expect: Entrees Cocktails will be bringing a twist to the #EatDrinkFestival. Instead of serving cocktail options, this vendor will be infusing its cocktails with shaved ice! Isn’t that exciting?

You can expect sweet and strong flavours. There will be fruit fusions as well so keep your eyes peeled!

What Would Denise Get? (WWDG): Tiger’s Blood. Off the menu, I find this name particularly intriguing. I can’t wait to casually ask people if they’ve had Tiger’s Blood while holding a poker face till they crack in confusion and bewilderment.

 

Cocktailvile & Chops

Instagram Handle: @cocktailville_n_chops

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What to Expect: Nothing screams joy and happiness like a pack of small chops! Fluffy puff-puff, crunchy spring rolls and well spiced BBQ chicken are always a hit

What Would Denise Get? (WWDG): Small Chops. How do you go to a food fair and not try the small chops? That’s barbaric. Don’t be that person.

 

Keje Grill

Instagram Handle: @kejegrill

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What to Expect: If you love spicy aromas and strong flavours, look no further than Keje Grill! You can expect classic grilled foods like chicken with a fusion of  African roast favourites like yam and plantain.

What Would Denise Get? (WWDG): Keje Signature Chicken.They had me at chicken, honestly.

 

Buttercream Abuja

Instagram Handle: @buttercreamabuja

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What to Expect: Dessert is one of my absolute favourite things in the world and Buttercream will be selling cakes and pastry by the slice at the Festival. Chocolate is also another favourite, so I naturally drawn to any pastry with that flavour.

What Would Oluwatobi Get? (WWOG): The Nutella banana bread and the salted caramel brownie both sound amazing


While you’re getting excited for the Festival, we’d like to remind you that EatDrinkAbuja is a completely cashless event so skip the queues and buy your event ticket online (N1000). This allows you to have access to the dedicated online ticket queue to pick up your wristband at the festival.

What Does a Cashless Event Mean?

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  1. Buy your event ticket and you get given a wristband that has a special RFID chip in it.

  2. You can load your festival wristband with money (pay with cash or debit card) at the front desk or any of the top up stations around the festival.

  3. The RFID chip in the wristband can be read by the special tablet device given to all vendors.

  4. Once you have loaded funds onto your wristband, you can visit any of the food or drink vendors on-site. Let them know what you would like to purchase, they will tap the products on their device, and then scan your wristband in order to deduct the correct amount - and then it's time to enjoy your purchase! 

  5. It’s very fast and very easy. There are no issues with not having change or the POS network being down.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH I HAVE LEFT ON MY WRISTBAND?

You can simply ask any vendor or top-up staff member to scan your wristband to see how much credit you have remaining. After each transaction, the vendor will also show you the balance you have remaining.

Preparing for EatDrinkAbuja: Fun Festival Necessities.

Over the last five years, the team has had loads of fun hosting the residents of Lagos city to the fun-filled food festival known as the #EatDrinkFestival. This year, however, we’re spreading our wings and are off to the nation’s capital. That’s right, Abuja! We’re coming through!

The #EatDrinkFestival is an ever evolving event aimed at immersing attendees in the glorious wonders of food and drink. It features up and coming food vendors, celebrity and aspiring chefs and people who just love to cook. In other words, it’s a slice of heaven for all food lovers.

We’re super excited to be bringing the #EatDrinkFestival – in this case, EatDrinkAbuja – to life! EatDrinkAbuja will be happening on Saturday, June 8 at Harrow Park, Wuse 2.

Food festivals are always fun. Surrounding yourself with pleasant aromas, a wide variety of flavours and people who are as excited to eat as you are is always an amazing experience. Keeping that in mind, there are some things that you can do to make your experience at the #EatDrinkFestival Abuja even more enjoyable. I’ve attended more than a festival or two myself so I’m pretty certain that these guidelines can really help you enjoy your experience a whole lot more.

Here are some of my fun festival necessities:

 

Dress Comfortably

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Dressing comfortably has to be my number one festival necessity. I understand that you want to snatch all the edges you can find – I do too – but this cannot be overemphasised. If you plan to attend a festival which would require you to spend an ample amount of time on your feet, it is beyond important to dress as comfortably as possible.

EatDrinkAbuja is a food festival and at a food festival, you’ll be expected to eat. I mean, why else are you attending if you aren’t there for the food? Avoid unnecessary discomforts and trade dressing to impress for dressing to ingest. Keep your fabrics light, shoes flat and clothing free.

The last thing you want to happen is to show up at an event with a cute fupa and leave looking five months pregnant. Yes, it happened to me. Now, avert your gaze.  

 

Pack Light

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When attending a festival, you’re bound to move a lot. It’s no surprise that you wouldn’t  want acquire unnecessary shoulder pains because your bag is full of things you honestly do not need.

It is extremely important to pack as light as possible. Pack only the essentials. While essentials vary with the individual, a few festival essentials for my bag are a power bank, keys (car and house), wallet, Chapstick and portable rechargeable fan.

Bigger bags can be a bit tedious so swap your bigger bags for smaller bags or even fanny packs. These small bags really help you keep sight of the essentials as you can’t fit everything into them.

 
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Prepare For the Weather

A myriad of food festivals are hosted in outdoor locations and this includes EatDrinkAbuja.

Nigeria is located in the tropics. This means that it’s a natural occurrence for temperatures to be warmer around here. With the reported heat wave that has swept the country, it’s unmistakable that Abuja will be sweltering hot at any given point in time.

Ease the burden of the weather by wearing sunscreen, hats or even eyeglasses. Don’t let the sun rain on your parade!

 
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Keep Your Power Bank(s) On Lock

Power banks are a strong festival necessity. There are so many phone things to do with your phone during a festival! Whether it’s taking pictures with people you run into, posting photos and videos of delectable foods or even tweeting about your experience, there are so many things you’d need your phone for at a festival.

Due to the fact that sockets are not readily available at food festivals, your best bet to keep your phone battery at optimal level is a power bank. Personally, when I’m out and about, I carry two power banks. You can never get enough juice!

 

Do a Little Research on the Location of the Festival

This may sound like a bit of extra work but doing a bit of research on the location of the festival can aid you in planning your activities better.

On getting a better grasp of the location, you can decide whether you’d prefer to drive or take a taxi, get a better understanding of the parking situation or even factor how far it is from your current location. The Festival is at Harrow Park, Wuse 2. The entrance is on Ahmadu Bello, near BMO events arena.

Doing research can actively improve your festival experience as you now have an adequate understanding of your surroundings.

And now for our most important tip, EatDrinkAbuja is a completely cashless event so skip the queues and buy your event ticket online. This allows you to have access to the dedicated online ticket queue to pick up your wristband at the festival.

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What does this mean?

  • Your event ticket entitles you to a Festival wristband which has an RFID chip in it.

  • You can load your Festival wristband with money and pay with cash or debit card at the front desk or any of the top up stations around the festival.

  • The chip in the wristband can be read by the special tablet device given to all vendors.

  • Once you have loaded funds onto your wristband, you can visit any of the food or drink vendors on-site. Let them know what you would like to purchase, they will tap the products on their device, and then scan your wristband in order to deduct the correct amount - and then it's time to enjoy your purchase! 

  • It’s very fast and very easy. There are no issues with not having change or the POS network being down.

How do I know how much I have left on my wristband?

You can simply ask any vendor or top-up staff member to scan your wristband to see how much credit you have remaining. After each transaction, the vendor will also show you the balance you have remaining.

skip the queues and get your wristband early. It’ll be available for pick up at a dedicated entrance for online ticket holders.