By Mosidi Mokaeya
Families and friends are expected to descend on Rasesa in numbers come 24th February for the debut of Sweet Sundays Picnic at Masa Gardens.
Owner of Masa Gardens Connie Phiri while addressing media recently said the public can look forward to eleven sessions of the event this year.
“We will host the event every last Sunday of the month starting this month. The picnic is a very family oriented one that is bound to bring everyone together and tighten bonds,” said Phiri.
Phiri said the picnic is also an alternative to ordinary events and a chance for people to go out in numbers and enjoy the cool breeze in Rasesa.
“We will over time put Rasesa on the map as the go to place for families and friends to enjoy quality time. Some of the money we make from the event will surely go towards uplifting Rasesa community through robust corporate social responsibility programs,” she said. Phiri said they will consult with village authority to figure out where or who to help around Rasesa.
Sweet Sundays Picnic Phiri said will above everything be an opportunity for job creation as they will hire local youth to lend a helping hand on event days.
“There are so many young people in Rasesa roaming the streets with no jobs. On the Sundays when we host the picnic we will need many young people to ensure the event is a success. We will engage them on a casual basis to take care of security, ushering, bar tending and so on,” Phiri said.
Phiri further stated that local artists will also get to enjoy a piece of the pie. Although no names were mentioned yet Phiri is looking for the kind of talent that will give her patrons something to write home about.
“We have a task to deliver entertainment that will keep customers returning for more of the Sweet Sundays Picnic. We promise real value for their money. We will need feedback post the event in order to identify and improve on our weaknesses,” said Phiri.
She said they will use communication tools like apps to give customers the space to air their views regarding the picnic. “Going forward we are exploring Google Play as the preferred app to use,” she added.
The target crowd for the picnic is young families with love for open spaces and beautiful gardens.
“We are mainly targeting the modern families and friends who appreciate gardens, good food and a chance to leave the city for a day. The food to be sold on the day is mainly fresh produce grown from Masa Gardens transformed into mouth watering dishes to be enjoyed by all ages,” said Phiri.
There will be no dress code at Sweet Sundays Picnic. “People can come dressed in whatever they feel comfortable in and just enjoy themselves.
The tickets are only P50 and can be bought from Computicket,” said Phiri. She said the whole idea is for as many people as possible get a taste of the event without worrying about what to wear or spending too much money.