Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off kicks off tomorrow
COOK UP A STORM: A Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition finalist at the 2023 final at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair.Photo: Contributed

Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off kicks off tomorrow

Nedbank Namibia has announced that the first preliminary round of the 2024 Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition will take place at Spar in Ongwediva on Saturday, 15 June. The competition, which was launched in Windhoek in May, is dedicated to celebrating Namibia's rich culinary heritage while fostering business opportunities within the small and medium segment of the market.

“We are incredibly excited to host the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition, which not only celebrates the unique flavours and culinary traditions, but also stands as a cornerstone of Nedbank Namibia’s commitment to supporting the informal market and small and medium enterprises (SMEs),” Nedbank Namibia communications and public relations manager, Selma Kaulinge, said.

“This event is also a wonderful opportunity to bring people together, highlight local talent and support our vibrant food culture.”

On Saturday, competitors will be required to first go through a salsa preparation round before they are considered eligible to go into the next round where they will have to prepare their best kapana dishes for a place in the final.

Amazing prizes

The northern round will be followed by the coastal round in Walvis Bay, the central round in Windhoek, and additionally the southern leg in the diamond town of Oranjemund, during the months of July and August.

A total of three contestants will be selected from each round to compete in the finals, which will take place at the 2024 Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair in August. The overall winner at the final will walk away with a mobile food truck worth N$100 000, N$10 000 cash deposited into a Nedbank account and a N$5 000 Bakpro Vetkoek voucher. The runners-up will also be handsomely rewarded with Nedbank accounts and Bakpro Vetkoek vouchers.

“As the Nedbank Kapana Cook-off competition celebrates its 10-year anniversary, we can testify that the competition has changed the life of some of our previous winners who have taken the opportunity to start their own businesses and who continue to contribute positively to their families and the communities they come from,” Kaulinge said.

This year, the competition is co-sponsored by Bakpro, Oranjemund Diamond Festival, Omulunga Radio, Namibian Chefs Association, Agra and Agra ProVision.

Kapana enthusiasts who are 18 and older can enter by visiting their nearest Nedbank branch, or applying online at


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