Hundreds attend international food bazaar

14 May 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) - Hundreds of Namibians were Saturday treated to an international cuisine and a show of cultures from 16 different countries at an annual International Food and Craft Bazaar.
The event was organised by the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS) in Namibia.
Dean of the Diplomatic Corp, Anastas Kaboba Kasonga Wa-Kimba told Nampa he was pleased to see so many diplomats come together to share their countries’ traditions and culture with Namibians.
“I am happy to see the variety of embassies and international organisations working together in a spirit of global goodwill,” Wa-Kimba said.
The Dean thanked the various diplomats and their personnel for making the event possible, as it was designed to give back to Namibian communities by means of a bazaar.
“It provides a platform for local crafters to sell their products and make new economic connections.”
Wa-Kimba explained the bazaar also gives a platform to local artists to showcase their talent, raise money in support of children’s welfare and bring various nations and cultures together for a day of fun and sharing.
On the plight and welfare of children, Wa-Kimba said it is something that all countries must address and everyone must ensure they give children the knowledge and skills to thrive.
“Events like this bazaar raise awareness of diversity and similarities brought about by globalisation.”
The highlight was the display of Kendu, an ancient Japanese form of defence using bamboo swords.
Some of the countries that participated were China, Russia, Cuba, Kenya, Malaysia, Portugal and Angola.
Apart from the embassies showcasing their skills, local institutions like Mammadu Trust, The Namibian Book fair, Work of Our Hands as well as the Namibian Chefs Association added a local flair to the bazaar.
The event was hosted at the Franco-Namibia Culture Centre (FNCC).