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Revellers endure rain as they flock Jinja beach for fish festival

Revellers enjoying fish at the Jinja Fish festival on December 1, 2019. PHOTOS BY DERRICK KISSA


Revellers on Sunday endured heavy downpour as they flocked Forever Resort Beach in Jinja for the second edition of the fish festival where people get a chance to taste different species of fish products from mainly Lake Victoria.

Organizers were Sunday morning worried that the event would flop given the fact that the venue was almost empty by midday.


However, as the afternoon started to unfold amid heavy rains, revellers were seen impatiently flocking the already wet venue unbothered, to enjoy what many consider a delicacy, much to the pleasure of the organisers.

At the event, different individuals and hotels were seen showcasing their skills at preparing fish dishes. Species like tilapia and Nile perch dominated the list of order from revellers.

Other products like fish sausages, fish cakes, fish pies and fish samosas among other products were also being prepared and served in plenty.

The revellers are mainly family and holidaymakers who have already started enjoying the festive season as the year comes to an end.

One reveller who identified herself only as Margaret, said she was too excited to be at the event describing it as one of the food events they have had in Jinja.

“I’m so happy that I’m tasting fish of this kind for the very first time and I hope this event is organized annually,” she said.


One of the organisers, Moses Makola: “This event is all about bringing different types of fish together in one place for people to celebrate. It is about the celebration of sustainable fisheries. When we fish sustainably, the result we get is big fish all the time.”

Musicians like Rema Namakula and others from Jinja are expected to perform for the revellers later in the day.

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