OTJIWARONGO, 03 AUG – The first-ever Otjozondjupa regional traditional food and cultural festival is underway at Otjiwarongo.
Various raw and cooked food items are being displayed by the 50 local exhibitors taking part in the event that started Friday and ends on Saturday.
Speaking at the festival on Friday, patron of the festival, Otjozondjupa Regional Council Chairperson Julius Neumbo expressed satisfaction with the turnout at the event.
“I am really excited to see all of you present here. I urge you to eat traditional food, it is healthy and can prolong your lives,” said Neumbo.
Otjozondjupa Governor Otto Ipinge in a statement delivered on his behalf said the festival must be supported as it also promotes entrepreneurship.
He said the festival encourages community members to preserve and promote traditional diets. He said besides all the health benefits, it is also affordable.
“Culture is not only about dancing, but a definition of who we are, our identity, what we eat, drink, wear and the languages we speak,” said Ipinge.
It is hoped that the event will become an annual activity.
The festival was organised by the Otjozondjupa Regional Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture under the theme ‘Our food, our heritage, our pride’.
The Otjiwarongo Arts Centre’s marimba traditional band, Osire’s Abatimbo cultural group and the Otto Ipinge traditional group were all expected to entertain visitors to the festival.