Cookout ZW 2nd year anniversary is on Sunday, 17 November 2019. I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the co-founders of the monthly festivity that has taken Harare and parts of Zimbabwe by storm.
What inspired the event?
Cookout ZW was inspired by great food, great company, and a great vibe. This is something that was lacking in the entertainment industry when the event was established. Other countries host cookouts on a big scale so initially, this was going to be something intimate that Zimbabweans could also experience.
The growth has been astounding. Every month there’s a great turn out. There hasn’t been a month we’ve been disappointed with the numbers. People love the Cookout ZW; they feel like they’re a part of it. We now have loyal fans who are almost always at every event; not forgetting the top fans on Facebook. They’re ready to share our posts, tag friends, and push the brand on social media.
Corporates have also partnered up with the Cookout ZW movement. We’ve worked alongside Pacific, PSI Zimbabwe, National Foods, Vaya and Popticon. Considering the economic climate it’s humbling to note that more corporates are stepping forward. We’re excited about the future and will soon be headed to Bulawayo to share the fun.
Event planning would be incomplete if you didn’t face some stress. We’ve had problems with people taking advantage of security details or loopholes in the system. Sometimes you have people taking money on the side or getting friends and family to get in for free. What’s sad about this scenario is we work so hard and spend so much money putting the Cookout ZW event together, it doesn’t come cheap.
Thankfully we partnered up with Rapid Tickets recently and our system is now full proof. Having people try to profit from our efforts was a big learning curve.
What’s the future looking like?
We’re planning to keep the event fresh and fun. We’ve only hosted in Harare and Gweru but we’re working on introducing the Cookout ZW experience to other towns as we grow. We’re excited about this and you should be too!
Thank you for your time Prayersoul, wishing you and your team nothing but success.
I’m going to be the first one at the gate on Sunday. I’m happy that the venue is a few minutes away from home and I’ve got no reason not to show up.
Have you been to The Cookout ZW?