Beer, braai, sun was the norm for the 10th edition on the Zimfest festival. The annual Zimbabweans based in the United Kingdom event was not put off by the grey skies either. 27th August 2011
Zimfest was established in 2001 by a group of Zimbabweans based in the UK, The idea coming when Ros "Chariman Mao" Smith from Harare (a nick name that came about due to her never being seen without a thick red book which was essentially the Zimfest Bible) said "let's have a beerfest"!
Beer, braai, sun with about 700 Zimbabweans on a field behind a prison in Wandsorth South West London was the start and ten years later almost 4000 in a much larger Prince George's Playing Fields in Raynes Park SW20 which is 23 minutes from Waterloo.
The Zimbabwean ex-pats raise money throught ZImfest for WeZimbabwe, a development charity.
Crows lined up the food stalls for beer and braai as well as maize on the cob from the Mwanaka Fresh Food farm in Enfield. The Zimfest Seven on the rugby pitch on the far end opposite the main stage. The entertainment line up on the live stage included Saysay, Kamikaze Test Pilots, Bush Guru, Zuwa, Oluhle, Tafi Mushuku who played the mbira, Riskology Radcliffe, Bush Guru, Munkinpure hosted by MusiqAve.
Stalls included the Terrence Higgins Trust, Nandos with there flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, Miss Zim Diamond, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Black Pearl PR, MMD who create hand crafted ear rings from africa print and Harmony in the Community that supplied the blue tents.