FOOD vendors and stall owners at the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival have expressed concerns over the recent spate of bad weather which brought a stop to rides and food sales at the event on Wednesday evening.
Go Daddy stall manager Virisila Kurukuruvanua said the wet weather had temporarily stopped the flow of potential customers.
"With the weather, it becomes a problem, a real challenge for us, because we need good weather to get the crowd in to start buying what we cook, so when they don't come in, our sales get very low," she said in an interview.
"But I guess it's just one of those things. At this point, we have to go with it and work smarter. What we started to do once we noticed the weather and the crowds, was cut down our cooking to make sure we didn't waste anything."
Similar sentiments were echoed by another stall owner who goes by the name Vilimaina.
Vilimaina manages Taburogorogo stall and she said as a first-time vendor, business was hard and she was not sure if she was making enough money selling lovo packs.
"We've come all the way from the island of Lakeba, where we brought all of our lovo things from, so if we don't make a profit, it's bad news for us," she said.
"We don't sell that much, for example, we'll sell about 100 packs a day, but the weather too is not good for business because we pay $2700 for the stall so we need to be able to make money from this."
Although concerns arose, the festival was buzzing yesterday with children on rides and people buying their favourite foods.