Few things exist that are as truly enjoyable as stuffing your face. The average person’s diet doesn’t change all that much from day to day. If you have a muwogo lady outside your office or home, muwogo will escort your tea down your throat for much of the week. If you have a rolex guy nearby, that will be your choice of lunch on broke days, which is roughly half the month, you dig? If you don’t dig, I envy your mature budget making skills. This cycle of boring feeding is one of the reasons why food festivals are so cool.
The Ideas Factory is teaming up with Uganda’s most respectable food critic chef Apollo Kadumukasa Kironde to bring us the 2ndKampala Food Festival. The theme is ‘The Tastes of Uganda @ 50’ which is neat because it suggests that Uganda has been working hard at improving her cooking skills in anticipation of her 50th birthday and it’s all going to peak on the 6th of October at the Uganda Museum where she’ll be serving food so yummy that it will make you fall out of love with your mother’s cooking.
There’s going to be entertainment from regions across the country, which hopefully means dances from places other than Buganda, Ankole, Acholi and Bugisu. I’m looking forward to watching something new.
There will be games and a supervised play area for your kids where fun stuff like face painting and a bouncing castle will be set up to entertain them. They should consider setting up a huge bouncing castle for adults because the awesomeness of that would surpass all understanding.
There will be a Food Fest conference where chefs like Kadumukasa will be dispensing their culinary advice and also a Top Kampala Chef competition. My question is; who will eat this food when they’re done fighting over the crown? Me teacher!
All people who deal in edible stuff will be in attendance and the focus is going to be regional based. There will be four tents with food from the north, east, central and west. Think Malakwang (some Lachakachac would be nice), Malewa, En’boli, Luwombo and Ishabwe. Expect internationalstalls, sort of like a mash up of all the international restaurants you see in the country. Food from Mexico, Lebanon, Korea, china, Ethiopia, Cuba, Italy, japan, India Thailand and the afro-Caribbean region are going to be served up. You can start drooling now.
So on that Saturday morning, wear something free flowing and roomy, grab a friend’s hand and skip merrily to the Uganda Museum because while there your tastebuds will be thoroughly seduced by food from Uganda and the world; your favorite hotels and restaurants will be in attendance, you will meet and hopefully be allowed a photo op with Kadumukasa. There will be cooking competitions for you to watch with your own two eyes (as opposed to watching on the food channel), there will be cooking seminars- sponsored courses in utilizing gas, food ingredients, sauces and equipment. There will be massive entertainment- both local and contemporary and the play area for kids will be supervised. Like this isn’t enough, at the end of the day 10% of the proceeds from the event shall go to the Uganda burns and plastic surgery institute (we have one).
Festivals are fun, food is awesome so don’t be boring. Come and we stuff the whole of Uganda into our mouths. Entrance fee for adults is 10,000/- , 2,000/- for kids.