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Cooking Takes Centre Stage At Tokosa Food Festival

The early morning heavy downpour threatened to disrupt the much anticipated second edition of the Tokosa Food Festival organised by Vivo Energy under its Shell Gas brand but a determined food loving crowd defied all odds and still showed up at Kyadondo rugby club grounds yesterday where cooking was the most exciting item on the program.

There were various categories line up by the organisers to keep the revellers engaged as they were not left out of the fun competitions which also included the crowd pulling eating competitions for both male and female contestants.

However, focus was mainly on the cooking competitions featuring some of Kampala’s top restaurants that exhibited creativity in their recipes, tasty cuisines and beautiful set ups that whetted the appetites of many a food lover in the crowd.


Rachel and husband Ben Mwine working out their magic at the couple’s cook-off

Like they say cooking is an expression of love – a worthwhile labour of which is actually a celebration kick starter. This was aptly demonstrated yesterday as some lovely couples also participated in the couple’s category which drew wild cheers from chanting fans routing for their favourite contestants.

There was also the category for celebrities which was won by Urban TV’s Malaika Nyanzi who beat fellow presenters led by Denzel Mwiyeretsi


Denzel takes part in the celebrity cook-off

Hans Paulsen, the Vivo Energy managing director who also participated in the CEO’s category of the cooking competition earlier said “One thing to point out in this year’s ‘Tokosa Food Festival’ is that the Shs10,000 entry fee will not only get you to eat a delicious meal, but it will also help a child out there who is deeply in need,”

He reiterated his statement at the closing ceremony while awarding the winners as he thanked all participants for taking part and urged them to come for next year’s event in big numbers. “You can’t have a celebration without food. In Uganda, we cook for our families, we cook for our guests and we also cook at all celebrations. We are therefore grateful to all those who took part and our partners for staying strong during the process of putting this together.” He said.


Judges led by Mark Kaheru (R) tasting the food)


Concentration levels so high at the competitions


Lilian Mbabazi sings at the Tokosa Food festival


The Zanzibar team receive their awards from Paulsen

Lillian Mbabazi and the Janzi Band provided the entertainment for the day alongside Zimba dancers and acrobats who kept the guests smiling. Zanzibar Restaurant were the overall winners and walked away with prizes courtesy of the sponsors.


Children having a camel ride

Tokosa Food Festival is an annual family event that celebrates all things food, cooking, eating, sharing and bonding and aims to promote relationships, explore cuisines offered by some of the best food places around the country with the proceeds of this year’s event going to a children’s charity.(Photos by Ruva Roy Collins/Chano8)



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