Posts tagged food festival
The C.F.Eats’ Guide to #EatDrinkAbuja

For uninitiated, here’s a little bit about Chasseur Fou Eats:

You can call me CFE (cee-eff-ee)! Living, eating and taking on Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, one post at a time!

They’re one of our partners for the Abuja festival and you can follow them on Twitter or Instagram.


In 2017, someone snarkily asked me: “What is there to do in Abuja, even?” And I answered: “Bruh, eat.” And I wasn’t lying. Eating out is relatively cheaper here than in other big cities and we have hella cute cafes scattered all around. Now, as luck would have it, the angels of food have smiled upon us by giving us EatDrinkLagos’ very famous EatDrinkFestival! So, on the 8th of June, we will all troop (fork in hand) to Harrow Park to get a taste of Lagos’ finest food festival, tailored to our very eclectic taste buds.

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I know, I too am overwhelmed at ALL the possibilities and ALL the food but it’s okay, I’ve created this guide to help you (you, me, everyone on the C.F.Eats team) navigate the festival and get a taste of flavours from all around the world along the way!

Remember, it’s a marathon, not a race, so if you get there early, you can pace yourself and pretend you’re doing a Tastemade food festival review at the same time!



CrazyPe0ple Cocktails To Start The Day

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As soon as we walk through the gates, we’re heading for the CrazyPeople’s Cocktail stand because it’s only right that we start with an Abuja fave.

Everything on the menu looks inviting but we’ll start with something light, like a Bay Breeze for example, because we want a drink to whet our appetite and put us in the mood for the food, which we’re always in btw, but this will allow us take cute pictures with our cup in hand before our inevitable food pouch starts showing itself :)

Pocket: -₦2000


Buttercream Abuja for something sweet

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Now that our pictures are taken, it’s time to get down to business with an amuse-bouche. Buttercream Abuja’s Nutella Banana Bread is on our list because Nutella, duh, and one slice sounds like a nice way to exercise our jaw muscles.

I know amuse-bouches are meant to be free but the price of these items can technically be considered free if you close your eyes and don’t think about it too much.

Pocket: -₦500


The Vegan Trip to China

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Vegans aren’t left out as Lily’s Hands make Deep Fried Seitan Cutlets and if you’re into this sort of thing, you get to take a quick food-inspired trip to China!

Pocket: -₦2000



Main 1

because there will be several others

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After getting an appetiser, we’ll head for Ette’s Barbecue because that Famous Turkey and Plantain will not eat itself. Fun Fact: Chef Ette is from Calabar and my family used to have him over to do barbecues for us during Christmas and other random occasions, so I can tell you for free, his grill is magic.

Pocket: -₦1500


OR


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You can head to Jaka’s Grill for a taste of what I think is also from Calabar (or maybe I just think all the grill people come from Cross River State) and try the Grilled Sticky Chicken Combo Box.

Pocket: -₦2500



Waffle Stop for Another One

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After our first main, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate our ability to taste food. What’s a better way to do this than to taste even more food? Trick question, there’s no better way.

At this point, we’ll saunter over to the Waffle Stop stand for a Waffle Pop! Our food pouch has started to rear its head but we’re sure we can still squeeze out a few more pictures at this point. We’ll pick up a chocolate covered waffle pop and take all the pictures we can get at this point.

Pocket: -₦1500



Thirst Quencher Time

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After a sweet treat, we’re going to need an alcoholic drink to lift our spirits (and counter the pending sugar rush). So, to Entree’s Cocktails we go! They have a drink called Tiger’s Blood and by virtue of its name alone, we have to try it.

(At this point, you can convince your friends to try the Watermelon Agua Fresca from Legal Tenders Cocktails and take a sip of it because you’re a sophisticated person too dammit!).

Pocket: -₦1000


Main 2

because we’re just getting into it

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If you’re a lasagna fiend like my friend Amiola, you can hop over to Melo’s Kitchen stand for a taste of Italy and try their Mini Lasagna! Honestly, eating lasagna at a food festival is my aesthetic but if it isn’t yours, there’s a bunch of other things to try on the menu here.

Pocket: -₦1500

OR

You can head back to Lily’s Hands to try the Garlic & Rosemary Infused Slow-Baked Chicken and dodo because, honestly, I’ve been eyeing it since I saw Deep Fried Seitan Cutlets.

Pocket: -₦2000

Sweet Endings

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Now, at this point, it is important to know you have done your best, honestly. Cool off with a Strawberry Basil Lemonade treat from Ice Pop.

Pocket: -₦500


OR


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If parfaits are your thing, try one of France’s more popular exports in the form of the Medium Cup Parfait from Parfait Cafe (tongue twister? No?)

Pocket: -₦1200

Now, congratulatory high-fives are in order because you made it!! You came, you ate, you conquered! You can go home feeling well accomplished because you really did the damn thing.

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.

Get Involved: We're Looking for #EatDrinkAbuja Volunteers!

Hello Abuja! Want to lend a hand at our first event in Abuja? Curious about what happens behind the scenes at our events? If yes, you’re in luck. We’re looking for volunteers for our first festival in Abuja.

#EatDrinkFestival is a volunteer driven event and without the help of our volunteers, all of it wouldn’t be possible. Volunteer get an inside look at the workings of our events and are an essential part of making it a fun experience for our vendors and attendees.

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While rewarding, being a festival volunteer is super physical. You’re going to be on your feet for a couple of hours and moving around a lot. Don’t worry, you don’t have to stand all day. As soon as your shift is done, you get to join in on the rest of the fun.

For your time, we’ll have some branded goodies and a preloaded wristband, i.e. free food, for you. Anyway, we know you might have a bunch of questions so we’ve put together a little FAQ for you.



What is the volunteer commitment for the festival?

The volunteer requirement for festivals is 2-3 hours on site.

Do I have to buy a wristband?

No! We’ll have one for you when you come in for your shift.

What do I get for volunteering?

In exchange for volunteering, we’ll give a preloaded wristband that you can use at any of the vendor stands, i.e. free food.

When will I receive my volunteer schedule?

We’ll share your shift details as part of our confirmation email.

What should I wear?

Wear a black t-shirt. Also, please wear comfortable pants and shoes you can walk in.



To apply, fill out the following form


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: Meet the Vendors 2

We’re drawing close to the end of the month and I’m excited, not just because of payday but because EatDrinkFestival Abuja is closer as well (it’s holding on Saturday June 8, 2019 in case you didn’t know) - although payday comes a close second.

To help prepare and make you as geared up as I am to witness this foodie festival happening for the first time in Abuja, here is our usual vendor list, along with what sounds the most delicious or fun in each menu. Enjoy!


Melo’s Kitchen

Instagram Handle: @MelosKitchen

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What to Expect: Melo’s kitchen will be specializing in mini dishes, which I think is genius, especially if you (like me) want to have enough tummy space to try other delicious treats at the festival.

What Would OluwaTobi Get? (WWOG): I have to say what sounds like the most fun in this menu is the mini lasagna. Although, I am a sucker for fries and wings...so maybe I’d just pig out and get all of it- the combo deal of mini burgers, wings and fries and the lasagna, all for 3,000. Sweet deal right? Absolutely.

 

Ette’s Barbecue

Instagram Handle: @Chef8tte

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What to Expect: I love grilled foods this vendor is king of the grill. Seriously, who doesn’t like boli?

What Would OluwaTobi Get? (WWOG): What looks the most interesting to me on this menu is definitely the Famous turkey and plantain/sweet potato. It has to be pretty epic for it to be called famous right? Am I right?

 

Crazype0ple Cocktails

Instagram Handle: @crazype0ple_cocktails

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What to Expect: Everyone loves cocktails amirite? Yes! Anyway, if you couldn’t already tell by the name of this vendor, their cocktails are, for lack of a better word, crazy.

What Would OluwaTobi Get? (WWOG): Definitely the Screaming Orgasm, 100%

 

Lily’s Hands

Instagram Handle: bylilyshands

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What to Expect: If you do not eat animal produce, fear not! Vegans and Muslims will not be left out of the fun because this particular vendor has some options that are vegan and halal.

What Would OluwaTobi Get? (WWOG): Deep Fried Seitan Cutlets which sound amazing and definitely what I’d be having as I’ve never had that before and I’m all for adventure.

 

Waffle Stop

Instagram Handle: - @wafflestopabuja

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What to Expect: As the vendor name implies, Waffle stop would be selling waffles, all day! It’s just one item on their menu - I stan a focused team.

What Would OluwaTobi Get? (WWOG): The Waffle pop, obviously. It’s simple a waffle on a stick, covered with nuts, syrup and fruit! Sounds yummy right? Absolutely.


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?

Eat Drink Festival Day 1 -0053.JPG
  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.