Best local Karamojong dishes feature on cultural tourism affair

Best local Karamojong dishes will be showcased at the upcoming 2nd Annual Uganda International Cultural Fair under the theme “Cultures Empowering Each Other” to be held at Uganda Museum, on July 28th-30th, 2017.

Some of these dishes are; Emuna-Dried lean meat lounged, mixed with gee and cucumber seeds/groundnuts, stored in a traditional food flask and can be preserved for 6-9 months.

Akuring - Meat cut into small pieces, boiled until it dries completely, forms foam. Left to cool and stored in a traditional food flask, it can be preserved for a year.

Angodic - Sour milk mixed with sorghum/maize bread and gee; Ebutia - Local brew mostly in Kotido; Ekwete - Local brew made of maize/Sorghum and Milk and honey.

The Fair organised between Ministry of Tourism Wild Life and Antiquities and Perfect Events under a Public Private Partnership arrangement will avail, create an avenue/platform for the diverse African cultural heritages and endowments for exhibition of their potential to attract worthwhile cultural tourism benefits in terms of income earnings, exposure, and knowledge to improve on existing potential for maximum utilization.

It will attract at least 300 exhibitors of Africa’s most interesting cultural products like artifacts, memorabilia, cuisines, fashion, music, dance and drama, empowering them to showcase their culture, as well as exhibitors from other parts of the world; of the 300, 100 should be youth and at least 70 should be women.

It will also attract at least 20,000 tourists to the expo; from Uganda, East Africa region, the rest of Africa and the international community, create employment opportunities by giving skills to youths and women on how to produce and brand commercial artifacts, memorabilia among other cultural tourism products for both domestic and International market and increase export of tourism products like artifacts, crafts, memorabilia, music, food and fashion.

The event will comprise activities including; side conferences/sessions on culture and conservation (Wildlife, climate & Water), Culture and money, Culture and Family, and Culture and policy, School Quiz competitions at the level of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, topics will cover conservation ie wildlife, climate& water, food, Music, Cultural events, fashion and cultural diversity among other things.

The Africa Ministerial High Level Thematic Debate, will comprise ministers of tourism and culture across Africa deliberating on key issues of cultural tourism and Wildlife Exhibition and education by UWEC with main focus on totems as spiritual emblems for many Ugandan cultures and relationship with conservation.

Cultural exhibitions by different communities both local and international, among the things to be exhibited will include foods, fashion, key cultural/economic activities like iron smelting, weaving, backcloth making, music, dance, poetry, storytelling, senga sessions among other things

There will be awarding different categories including best exhibitors, best essays, most culturally aware schools from the quiz competitions among other categories.

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