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GTBank Announces Dates For Annual Food, Drink Festival

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A cross section of visitors at the 2018 Food & Drink Fair in Lagos..

After three stellar exposés of the biggest culinary experience in Africa, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival is set for its fourth edition, which will hold from Sunday, 28th April, to Wednesday 1st May 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

Created in 2016 by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the festival has become a premier culinary event in Africa, bringing together tens of thousands of people from across the continent and beyond to support and celebrate Nigeria’s vibrant and burgeoning small businesses in the food retail sector.

Over the last three years, the event has hosted more than 450,000 people, featured dozens of entrepreneurial masterclasses by international chefs and food business experts and launched or propelled the businesses of hundreds of entrepreneurs in the food retail industry.

This year, alongside adding an extra day to the event, the festival will offer free retail stalls to over 300 businesses, more than double the number from last year.

The event will also feature a series of master and cookery classes facilitated by renowned food and drink experts from around the world. In addition, there will be a farmers’ market for the sale of fresh and organic produce as well as a showcase of some of the finest street foods in Africa’s largest city. In line with its family theme, the event will also feature exciting games and fun exercises designed to entertain children.

Speaking with The Guardian, Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Segun Agbaje, said they are delighted to bring customers, small business owners and food lovers together at an event that is second to none in delivering the finest culinary experience in Africa.

The bank is also intervening in key economic sectors to strengthen small businesses and recently launched the GTBank Food Industry Credit and Fashion Industry Credit, unique loan products designed specifically for small businesses in the food and fashion industry, and offered at a repayment rate of nine percent per annum.


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