In Ghana, the Kenkey Festival debuts
As with most new initiatives there is usually an unwarranted hype that goes with it. More often than not the hype does not live up to the reality. It is, therefore, a little surprising or perhaps a breath of fresh air that Accra’s newest festival, the Kenkey festival, is as under hyped and low key as food festivals get.
That withstanding a few media houses have alerted folks about the festival and the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon Dzifa Gomashie will be in attendance.
The festival, slated for the 7th March, according to the chief organiser, Nii Martey Mensah, is expected to draw a few hundred foodies to James Town, Accra. James Town of course is home to the illustrious street art and food festival, Chale Wote.
Could the Kenkey festival be just as illustrious? Would folks gather in James Town to taste the best Kenkey in town, learn the science behind fermenting Kenkey and be instructed in how to cook the perfect Kenkey? Those familiar with this portal would have at some point read about all this in the feature – Ghana’s Kenkey. Nothing, however, beats a live session. The idea of James Town dedicating a whole day to celebrating its and other types of eponymous Kenkey, notably Fanti Kenkey, alongside it’s delicious local seafood and pepper condiment, shito feels me with excitement. The Kenkey festival’s promise is, in its own succinct words: Ba ni Wɔ ye Kɔmi (“Come and let’s eat Kenkey). Let’s hope that, that proverbial “carbo” charged Kenkey fuel propels this festival into a truly illustrious event that will become a fixture on the Ghana food festival circuit .