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STANBIC Bank Zimbabwe’s exclusive annual Wine, Gin & Craft Beer Festival resumes this week, after a two- year break, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The annual Wine Tasting festival, which is sponsored by Stanbic Bank and its partners, started in 2018.

It was scheduled to enter its third year in 2020 but was postponed owing to the restriction on gatherings, caused by Covid-19.

Exhibitors at the Wine Festival, which kicks off today and ends tomorrow, are drawn from South Africa.

The restriction on movement had made it impossible for them to come and display their products in the last two years.

Stanbic Bank’s Head of Brand and Marketing, Palmer Mugavha, expressed delight at hosting the event after the two-year break.

“The Festival was a permanent fixture on our calendar pre-Covid and, being the biggest event of its kind in the country, it was a blow not having it over the last two years.

“But, we understood perfectly that the Covid protocols needed to be observed.

“We are now all set to host the festival of all festivals as we make up for lost time,” said Mugavha.

Mugavha said they were confident the festival will thrill wine and beer enthusiasts.

This year, scores of budding connoisseurs will come together, over two days, to sample the different wines, Gin and Craft Beer, predominantly from Cape Town and Southern Africa.

“We are well aware that due to the restrictions on travelling and gatherings our stakeholders have not had much fun in the last two years.

“So, we are putting all our stops to make sure this weekend’s event makes up for the two lost years as we seek to demonstrate our appreciation of our clients,” he said.

Wineries from Cape Town and Gin and Craft Beer producers from the region will grace the event.

In 2019, wine and beer enthusiasts were treated to top hand-crafted beers and wines produced by some of Southern Africa’s best vintners and sommeliers at the event’s Queen of Hearts venue. – H-Metro Reporter/Stanbic Bank.  

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