KAMPALA – The heavy downpour on Saturday morning did not deter revelers from attending the Shell Tokosa Food Festival that was held on September 14, at Sheraton Hotel gardens.
Perhaps cooking may not be the in thing for millennials of late, who are used to eating simple fast foods that are readily available and easy to prepare.
Sheraton gardens on Saturday was filled with a variety of food stalls displaying tasty delicacies ranging from; chicken, meat, rolex, salads and vegetables.
The mouth-watering food and nose-friendly aroma dominated the air and awakened all body senses, bringing to life the true definition of “Tokosa” as several top-notch chefs showcased their cooking skills.
Those in attendance witnessed kids displaying their culinary skills under the junior chef categories who were systematically classified under boys and girls according to gender and age.
The adults displayed their fastfood cooking skills for meals prepared within 30 minutes before a panel of judges who selected the winners after tasting the cooked foods.
Fitness and speed cannot be separated from cooking which prompted the event organisers to fuse in an exciting thrill.
Zumba dances were incorporated into the food fest which gave a breather to the crowd and the participants to loosen up in dance.
Many contestants had a lot of fun in the process.
As the event progressed, various Chief Executive Officers (CEO) also took part in the contest. They were tasked to step out of their comfort zones and prepare continental dishes within a span of 30 minutes to prove their culinary skills beyond their usual leadership and office routine.
As they displayed their prowess, the Sundowners band was busy serenading the audience in the background with a rotation of covers from both local and international artists creating a vibrant mood.
Darkness set in with Lilian Mbabazi on stage at 7:30 pm clad in a black free dress laced with a touch of yellow she did not disappoint belting out her powerful vocals in a string of live performances that included: “Obudde” “Dagala” “Vitamin” among others.
She also performed a rendition of other cover songs from fallen crooner Mowzey Radio together with her little girl.
John Blaq the “African Bwoy” was in attendance to deliver in his baritone-voiced bangers such as “Bulamu” “Tukonectinge”, “Do dat” to mention but a few not forgetting “Sweet love” which ushered in Vinka on stage.
Later on, Winnie Nwagi stepped on stage and blew the crowd away with her gyrating moves backed up by her ‘bootylicious’ dancers.
Needless to add, the family event that was hosted by Salvado, McKenzie, and Deedan was all-inclusive, as the kids had time to play in the bouncing castles to give room for parents to savour the moment.
This year’s edition was sponsored by Ugachic, Coca-cola, Next Radio, Tusker Lite Lager and Sheraton Hotel among others.