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Kisumu to have its First Large food festival in April 2012

Posted by Administrator on February 28, 2012

“Taste of Kisumu”- A 3 day Festival will give attendees a taste of Kisumu’s culinary expertise and culture, showcasing the diversity of Kisumu’s dining community and promoting Kisumu as an emerging tourist hub.

Taste of Kisumu will feature restaurants &food, musical acts and family fun. Taste of Kisumu will be organized on a larger scale than most festivals & at a more competitive scale with regards to international standards. In the years to come, the organizers intend for this festival to be the LARGEST Food Festival In East Africa.

The expected results from the festival include improving Tourism prospects in the region. Festivals are just as much a tourist attraction, both locally and internationally as monuments or geographical wonders. The taste of Chicagofor example, brings in over 3.5 million attendees in a span of one week.

In the long run, expected growth from this annual event will create  a vast seasonal employment opportunity for many of the Kisumu residents including but not limited to security, entertainment, cleaning, vendor stations, cooks, attendants etc.

You only need to walk in Kisumu for a day to realize that it becomes a more diverse city every year.  Cohesion comes from appreciating what each different culture brings to the table.  This will be showcased via the difference exotic foods and music that will be feature at the event. Apart from the staples from the nyanza region like Fried fish, “Aluru” (Quail), “Aliya” Dried cured fish and Peanut Sauce, you will find mutura from central and mursikh  from Nandi among other Kenyan delicacies to be tasted at the event.

Festivals are not uncommon In Africa. Calabar Carnival inCross   River StateNigeriais estimated to  have raised over $5 million (Ksh 500 million) in revenue for the state and its residents in 2011 and is expected to have doubled its growth in 2012)

The taste of Kisumu Will include fun filled family events and activities  that will draw in the crowds.


The best restaurants and caterers (Must be based in Kisumu) will provide an unmatched culinary experience


  • Daily Easter Egg Hunt and Egg painting for Kids aged 3-10 in a large hay patch.
  • Ugali Eating Contest
  • Foot Ball Juggling Contest
  • Gunia (Sack Race)
  • Best of Taste of Kisumu Award

Arts and Crafts

  •  Display and or vendor showcase of kisumu arts and crafts

Family Fun Zone

  • Carnival with great games and rides


  • Vendors & Corporate entities can set up promotional and Sales booths


  • Stage performances that include Live music and Artists.

Contacts for this event are

Website               www.tasteofkisumu.co.ke

Facebook            www.facebook.com/tasteofkisumu

Twitter                 @tasteofkisumu

Mobile                 +254 714 832 508

Email                     tasteofkisumu@gmail.com


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