A Non-governmental Organization under the aegis of Sylva Flame Media (SFM) convener of Bayelsa Food Festival has dedicated the 2022 edition of the programme to flood victims in the state.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SFM and festival manager for the Bayelsa food festival, Mr. Sylvester Sede, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen during the sixth edition of the yearly festival in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
According to him, the aim of the event was to create a platform where dozens of small and growing businesses can showcase their best products ranging from food and none edible items, as well as showcase the reach food and art culture of the people of Bayelsa.
“It is also an opportunity for Bayelsa to export what it has to offer and make Bayelsa a destination, not just to Nigerians but also to the rest of the world,” he said.
On challenges, he said “our biggest challenge is funding. We started in 2017, this is the sixth edition. When we started, we had few persons, not even the vendors believed that we were going to have a festival because it was the first of its kind; the vendors were not sure that they were going to make their gains.
“But a few years later, the vendors were made to believe that it is a platform they can actually use to launch their products, meet new clients and new customers.”
To ameliorate the sufferings of Bayelsans due to the effects of the flood, the CEO said the organizers declared a toll-free gate for all callers while vendors were made to pay very discounted amounts.
He pointed out that the group used the opportunity to reach out to flood victims and distributed relief materials to them, adding that there were also free medical and legal services as well as free gloves and books to students and members of the public during the event.