An #EatDrinkFestival Postmortem
NOSA: When we decided to have the first #EatDrinkFestival, we had no experience with events of this nature.
FOLLY: With each one, we learn a bit and build on the previous.
NOSA: Each one is bigger than the last and a whole new experience. There no other food festivals of this nature in Lagos that I can walk in a steal ideas from. This is all us.
This festival has been the most emotionally tasking since we started doing this. This was supposed to be our best one and somehow we found ourselves running from one wahala to the next.
First, the company we rented the cute blue tents from showed up late and didn't start setting up until the morning of the event.
Then, the generator issue. The generator deemed sufficient by the service provider suddenly wasn’t and we had to rent another at three times the cost.
Then everything really went downhill when the head of Eko Atlantic security caught a couple having sex by the apartments and some others jumping over to get to the sea. Naturally, he got extremely upset and, at about 5pm, said he was shutting the event down because the guests were clearly being badly behaved. That’s when he went to the gate and stopped letting cars in.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t want to do this festival thing anymore. Folly and I still need to have a proper talk about it because the stress is so not worth it.
FOLLY: Still thinking tbh.
NOSA: That said, thank you to the sponsors who bought into the vision, especially Maggi. Their tent was exactly what we had in mind when they came on board. It was absolutely perfect.
And Torerra for the big letters. I thought it was an unnecessary expense but Folly convinced me and it was so perfect.
Oh, and Nife of Henchmen Security. Best guys.
Anyway, enough of the long talk. We have pictures ready. Have a look and if you haven't filled out our post-festival survey, please do.