THE wet weather conditions have failed to dampen the spirit of the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival as people continue to flock to Albert Park in Suva.
Even though a weather warning from the Department of Meteorology office in Nadi indicated that conditions today and tomorrow would not be ideal for the outdoors, thousands ventured out to be part of the fun.
While some went for rides on the ferris wheel and entertainment, others tickled their tastebuds with the different variety of food sold at the stalls.
A group of friends — Sereima Wailevu, Ulamila High and Joseph Lee — said yesterday was their first time at the park and although the weather was not in their favour, they were pleased with the food and entertainment.
"As a first impression, it is too muddy, but overall, the weather hasn't stopped me from coming down and having a look. I love the food variety, everything smells great," Ms High said.
Her friend Ms Wailevu said she enjoyed the entertainment provided by the police band and would come back to the festival as it prepares to come to an end this weekend.
"I really loved the entertainment. To be honest, even if the weather is bad, this is an annual event. Of course, I'll make time to come over and have a look at everything," she said.
"And the food is cheap this year too."
According to the duty weather forecaster, Suva and the eastern parts of Viti Levu should expect more rain throughout today and tomorrow, but it is also expected to clear tomorrow.
Police beefed up security in and around the Capital City as Suva came alive.