Ghana Tourism Authority opens Jollof Rice festival

Published on : Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ghana Tourism AuthorityThe Ghana Tourism Authority, in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, launched the first Jollof Rice Festival, in Accra yesterday.

The festival, which forms part of the ‘See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana and Feel Ghana Campaign’, is for promoting Ghanaian cuisines, as well as domestic tourism, Ghanaian culture and heritage.

Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, the acting Chief Executive Officer, said that this Festival sought to re-orient Ghanaians on a new sense of national pride and encourage them to patronize products made in Ghana.

“There would also be a media and corporate food competition to know which media house or corporate entity can prepare the best Jollof,” Mr. Agyemang said.

Mr. Agyemang added that August had been designated as the ‘Eat Ghana Month’ to promote Ghanaian cuisine, and settle the old aged controversy over who owned the best Jollof rice ‘rights’ in Africa.

He said that this festival would showcase various types of food available in Ghana, bringing on board chefs across the West African Sub-region to compete and opt for the country that cooked the best Jollof rice.

Mr. Agyemang said that the festival would be an opportunity to support many festivals taking place in August, such as the Homowo, the Charley Wote Festival, to showcase Ghanaian foods for people to see the need to patronize them.

To quote Mr. Agyemang, “July was the See Ghana month, marked with the celebration of Panafest, August is the Eat Ghana month, with the celebration of the Jollof festival, while the Wear Ghana month would be in September, marked with the celebration of the World Tourism Day in the Northern Region. The World tourism forum would be in October and would commemorate the see Ghana month.”

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