On October 25, the first-ever Chinese Food Festival in Zimbabwe was held at Longcheng Plaza in Harare. The event was hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe, participated by the local Chinese restaurants, the Chinese communities and some China enterprises. Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr. Lin Lin and Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture of Zimbabwe Mrs Tabeth Malinga made opening remarks at the festival. Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Mrs Mirriam Chikukwa and other Zimbabwean government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and thousands of Chinese and Zimbabwean people were present.
The Chinese restaurants, the Chinese communities, the Chinese enterprises and the Chinese Embassy prepared over tens of thousands of portions of all kinds of Chinese food, which were very popular and sold out before the end of the festival. All the sales income will be donated to a local charity organization - Zimbabwe Parents of Handicapped Children Association.
There were also displays of the delicate Chinese food carving, and demonstrations of Chinese food processing on the spot, enabling the guests to not only taste the food, but also appreciate the delicacy of the food and see how it was cooked.
This festival is not only a feast of food, but also a feast of culture. Apart from tasting the typical Chinese food, the guests were also attracted by the Chinese fashion show and colorful performances by the Women’s club of the Chinese Embassy, the Chinese women’s model group in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean Confucius Institute, Zimbabwe Wushu Association and the winners of the “Zimbabwe’s Got Talent” Show.