Chowfair 2018 was a two day event held in an open space opposite Anzy Place, off Abacha Road in Port Harcourt. Its theme was “An adventure of food, drinks and entertainment” and aimed at feeding 140,000 people. Quite ambitious!
ChowFair 2018 kicked off on Saturday, the 26th of May and rounded off on the 27th. All guests gained access to a feast of different dishes for an affordable fee of N200 each day. The event was MC’d by The Speech who did a flawless job in effortlessly keeping the atmosphere alive.
The turn out for the first day was surprisingly low, and the rain seemed to have further dampened the mood. Games were however available to the guests before the rain commenced, possibly as a side attraction (maybe distraction too).
The second day had a better turn out and it was obvious everyone came prepared to dine, party and network. PH Rappers and singers were also present to add flavour to the event. The stage was graced with performers like Kelvin Ossai, August Chuks, Benjiszzy and many more. It was amazing how guests gave their immense support to the performers by giving their undivided attention, singing along, dancing and raising their phones in the air with the lit torches (giving us that “oversea” vibe). This was really admirable considering the artistes’ “upcoming” status.
- The event was scheduled to start for 10am and 12pm on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Neither of the times was adhered to. The vendors were still setting up at past 12 on Saturday and at past 2, Sunday’s event hadn’t begun.
- The MC seemed to have forgotten to officially introduce or open the show on Saturday until 2:28pm. People just strayed at will.
- Not all vendors had their names boldly displayed, so it was a bit difficult to identify them and get a contact number in case of referrals.
- Variety of unpopular dishes were expected, but the usual party foods seemed to be the order of the day. There were lots of rice, small chops and chicken, sandwich, cakes and Chapman.
- The event’s focus was (or meant to) on food. Got a bit confusing seeing ankara, underwear and swimming gear vendors
- The space for the event was large enough to accommodate all aspects and activities of the event.
- Special Kudos to “The Enjoyment Corner” for the assorted Nigerian dishes such as snail, “abacha”, fried yam/potatoes and palm wine. Her meals were lit!!!
- Kudos to the guests who were friendly and cordial with each other.
- The organizer’s commendable effort at supporting Pitakwa artistes as all the performing artistes are based in the Garden City.
PHC’s Chow Fair scores a well-deserved 8/10 on the K ‘n’ K Wow-Meter for the impressive efforts and eventual success of the event.
See more pictures of the event below
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