Kapana gets Swakopmund cooking
For the first time, the Nedbank Kapana Cook Off gave Swakopmunders the chance to exhibit and hone their kapana cooking skills.
01 June 2021 | Local News
Chef Phillip Klynsmith; Judge; “This competition is all about making kapana into a dish worth serving …”
The Nedbank Swakop Food Fest once again brought loads of excitement and enjoyment for all.
However, the fun was not confined to the festival visitors have become accustomed to: This time Nedbank brought their Kapana Cook Off to Swakopmund for the first time.
Leena Ipinge, Asnat Vetamunisa and Laura Ehumbo wowed the judges with their tasty kapana and earned their spots in the top three slots.
The trio will represent Erongo and compete against kapana cooks from Ongwediva and Windhoek at the final, which is scheduled for Saturday 7 August in the capital, where the winner will be crowned.
A total of 51 cooks entered the competition on Saturday, from which the judges selected 10 finalists who had to show off their kapana cooking skills before the three finalists were named.
According to judge Phillip Klynsmith, the Nedbank Kapana Cook Off delivers enjoyment and an opportunity for the participants.
“This competition is all about making kapana into a dish worth serving in our best restaurants and creating kapana entrepreneurs,” he said.
Klynsmith added that the competition at the events keeps heating up.
“It’s fantastic to see people experimenting and trying new things.”
The competition - now in its seventh year -provides an exceptional business opportunity for the overall winner in the form of prizes that amount to N$100 000, which includes a fully furnished mobile food trailer.
Besides the mobile/trailer Kapana Kitchen, the winner also receives a Nedbank account with N$10 000 and a Bakpro Vetkoek voucher to the value of N$5 000.
The second placed cook wins a Nedbank account with N$7 000 and a Bakpro Vetkoek voucher worth N$3 000; while the third placed entrant receives a Nedbank account with N$3 000 and a Bakpro Vetkoek voucher of N$2 000.
To date, Nedbank Namibia has invested over N$3 million in hosting this competition in support of small businesses and celebrating true Namibian cuisine.
The organiser of the Nedbank Swakop Food Fest, Dalene Stephanus, said that the festival will be rebranded after multiple successful events, however, she did not want to reveal much more about new developments at this stage.
“I am looking forward to broadening the festival’s horizons. We want to include more cuisines so people can treat their taste buds to a wider diversity,” she said.
Stephanus pointed out that an unlikely exhibitor continues to attract the masses every year: Cheryl Green sells a unique variety of gluten free vegan dishes under the name Organix.
“People often come to me and say they could never be vegan. I had a man here who said he does not eat vegetables. I gave him some of my food and he came back six more times,” said Green, who enjoys the atmosphere at the Nedbank Swakop Food Fest.
“It’s always something different here and you meet so many people,” she said.