Walvis Bay Fishtival, a success!

06 Apr 2014 12:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 06 APR (NAMPA) – The Walvis Bay Municipality together with local fishing companies on Friday hosted a successful fish festival at the Jan Wilken Sports Stadium here.
The two-day event known as the “Fishtival” follows an unsuccessful first attempt in 2012.
Speaking to Nampa at the Fishtival on Saturday, the public relations and customer service manager in the Walvis Bay Municipality, Kevin Adams said the main objective was to depart knowledge of the fishing industry to residents and the nation at large.
“The municipality and the fishing companies deemed it fit to create a platform to showcase the industries and explain how they work.
“We have received a good attendance, and we hope it will continue in the next years,” he said.
Adams noted that just like other festivals, the Walvis Bay Fishtival was intended to market the town and attract investors for economic growth and employment creation.
The event also promotes tourism in this fast-growing coastal town.
“We are excited about the developments in our town and a lot of activities are happening simultaneously. For instance, we just inaugurated new facilities at the Dolphin Park on Friday, and had the belated 24th Independence and 20th Walvis Bay Reintegration celebrations on Saturday.
“More people are visiting the town, and that is what we want,” a proud Adams told this agency.
In addition to various seafood dishes prepared for tasting, visitors were also treated to a Miss Fishtival beauty pageant, karaoke, live music and cooking competitions, where winners received cash prizes exceeding N.dollars 4 000.
Other activities included football and rugby tournaments, a magic show by popular magician Johan Yssel from South Africa, as well as entertainment for children.
The next Fishtival will take place at the same venue in April 2015.