Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo, hosts the country’s first ever rabbit meat expo next week as demand for the meat soars on the back of its immense health benefits.
The event, which is being hosted by rabbit meat company Midesha Private Limited (Midesha), will be held on November 19 at Mystique Event Centre at Fourwinds in Bulawayo.
Popular Gweru based band, The Travellers, will perform at the event, which is billed to be the signature corporate event of the year.
Midesha is a corporate member of rabbit farmers lobby group, the Zimbabwe Commercial Rabbit Breeders Association (ZICORBA), which has been promoting the production and consumption of rabbit meat in the country.
Midesha Chairperson, Siposethu Ncube-Moyo, said the idea of the expo was to popularise the consumption of rabbit meat and to showcase the many ways of preparing the dish, from traditional to fine-dining.
“We have seen a sharp rise in demand for rabbit meat mainly because of its numerous health benefits. The expo is meant to showcase the different ways of preparing rabbit meat, which is still relatively a new dish in the country,” Ncube-Moyo, who is also the Vice President of ZICORBA.
“We themed it ‘The Big Deal’ because this event will bring families together to have fun while enjoying rabbit meat prepared by some of Bulawayo’s prominent Chefs. Rabbit meat is indeed a big deal on the meat market in Zimbabwe. Our vision as Midesha is to make rabbit meat a household dish in Country,” she said.
Nutritionists and health experts say that rabbit meat is an “excellent” source of protein, which keeps humans healthy by building and repairing their muscles, skin and blood.
Rabbit meat is also an excellent source of iron, which helps make healthy blood that flows through human bodies.
Rabbit meat is also an excellent source of the B vitamins B12 and niacin.
Nutritionists recommend rabbit meat as one of the best white meats available on the market.
It has a high percentage of easily digestible protein and contains the least amount of fat among all available meats.