Ever since 2008 the Diplomatic Spouses Association (DSA) in Lusaka, Zambia, holds an annual international food fair to raise money to support numerous worthwhile charities. This year the event is at the InterContinental Hotel at 11:00 hours. Each participating country takes a stand and provides some of their national dishes while some take the opportunity to showcase exquisite arts and crafts.
About the DSA food fairThe event provides a unique opportunity for the international community in Lusaka to work together while at the same time providing each country with an opportunity to promote their own individual cuisine and crafts. As with all DSA fundraisers all proceeds go to assist some of Lusaka’s most deprived citizens. The DSA is delighted to have Zambia’s most gracious First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs Thandiwe Banda as their guest of honour again this year. The First Lady will visit each stand and discuss the delicious foods on offer.
The run-up to the event has been a flurry of activity with menus and recipes being planned, numerous meetings attended and arrangements being put in place to have food flown in especially for the day. The InterContinental Hotel will open its doors early to participants to allow them time to decorate their stands and prepare for the opening. As 11.00am approaches participants will be wondering whose food will be most popular, who will sell out first and who will win the prize for the best decorated stand?
A variety of colours and aromas will greet arriving guests. Their only dilemma will be where to start and what to choose — this is certainly not a day for dieting! You can indeed try everything as take-away cartons will be available to take home tasty morsels.
The food fair is just one of the numerous fundraising events held each year by the DSA in their goal to make a difference to the country that is temporarily their home. In this manner the DSA has, over the years, built classrooms, refurbished libraries and hospital wards, provided books, clothes, shoes, blankets, teaching aids and school fees for some of Lusaka’s less fortunate citizens. In general they assist children, women, the disabled and the elderly and they are mindful of the need to ensure that the projects they assist are reliable, verifiable, sustainable, environmental and involve Zambians helping Zambians.
About the DSAThe DSA is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization voluntarily run under the motto, ‘Partners for Prosperity’. Membership is open to the spouses of all personnel in Zambia who are attached to Diplomatic Missions or the Expatriate Business Community. They also facilitate regular meetings with members who share common interests, help new members adjust to life in Lusaka and seek to strengthen the expatriate relationship with Zambia’s cultural heritage. For more information visit their website.