Zim comedian to launch food fest

Sharon Kavhu

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s acclaimed stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube is set to launch a food festival in Harare next month.

Ncube was recently selected as a TED Fellow to give a talk on TEDGlobal stage in Tanzania.

Ncube is currently on a food festival Bush Camp in Kanga, Tanzania and told The Southern Times that he is set to launch a food festival on the 1st and 2nd of July at Machikichori gardens in Harare’s low density suburb of Newlands.

“Basically, the idea of the food festival is to try and figure out a new kind of way for piloting Zimbabwean and African food,” said Ncube.

“We are also trying to find a way of gathering and celebrating food and togetherness. The concept was inspired by the African belief that food brings people together. In other words it harmonises people or society.

“I have also taken it as an opportunity to unify my talents as both a comedian and a chef.”

The comedian said he loves cooking and initiating recipes as well as coming up with unique dishes.

It seems his creativity is not only in stand-up comedy but in cooking and preparing dishes as well.

He added: “During the two day launch of the food festival, I will also use the opportunity to launch my recipe book that carries bush recipes that I came up with during my 30 day experience in the bush. The book has recipes for preparing unique meals while using the available ingredients and more to the conservative side.”

He said during the food festival, crafters particularly those who do crafting of kitchen staffs and utensils will have a chance to exhibit their works.

The food festival which is the first of its kind in Ncube’s line of work will be attended on free basis. It is open to everyone and people are allowed to bring their own food and drinks; and exchange cooking skills and recipes.

The Zimbabwean comedian last month performed in Windhoek, Namibia as one of his stops during his 36-city comedy tour.

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