Donkey Meat Competition Returns As Cultural Festival

After a very successful start last year, this year’s Donkey Meat Competition is set to take place in the form of a food and cultural festival.

Ruben Khoeseb, who founded the event, says visitors can expect a cultural experience like none other.

Apart from the cooking competition, a live donkey and a donkey cart will be available for people to take rides for a small fee. Guests will also be treated to a traditional clothing parade by Damara, Nama and Tswana cultural groups. More entertainment in the form of a cultural performance by Black Melody can be expected and revellers will be treated to live music acts such as Female Donkey and the Heroes band. Since the event will be a family-friendly one, children will be catered to with jumping castles.

The competition was started as a way to counter a long running stigma against donkey meat, with many people hating the way the delicacy smells. “People still think donkey meat smells bad so they don’t want to try it, so one of the factors that participants will be judged on will be their ability to kill off the smell when preparing their dishes,” says Khoeseb. The first event was seen as a success with 14 people taking part and over 800 visitors attending.

Other factors that participants will be judged on will be presentation, taste and originality. “Last year’s event was just a trial run but this year’s event will be bigger. We also invited the high commissioners of Botswana and Indonesia, who will both send representatives to come and cook donkey meat,” Khoeseb adds.

Participants will be charged N$300 to be able to enter and they stand a chance to walk away with a N$6 000 prize. The first runner up will receive N$3 000, and the second runner up will receive a N$1 000 cash prize.

The festival takes place on Saturday, 31 May 2014 at the Khomasdal Stadium and will start from 08h00 to 20h00. Visitors will be charged N$50 to enter the venue while children will enter for free. The elderly will enter for free until 12h00.

Source : The Namibian