The 3rd edition of Asankamu Festival organised by Fed Kastle Multimedia Limited, owners of Kastle 90.3 FM successfully came off at the forecourt of the Robert Mensah Sports Stadium in Cape Coast.
Asankamu Festival is becoming one of the main celebratory family outdoor programmes that most Cape Coasters look out for each year.
The rationale for the festival according to the Executive Director of Fed Kastle Multimedia Limited, owners of Kastle 90.3 FM, Mr Francis Ejaku Donkoh is to showcase some delicacies of the Ghanaian people and encourage Ghanaians to patronise made-in-Ghana products, especially food.
"It is celebrated on the first Friday of every December, which coincides with Farmers' Day. Therefore, it seeks to provide free Ghanaian meals for people and to applaud the hard work of our gallant farmers," he stated.
Organizers of the festival brought together some of the best traditional caterers within the Cape Coast environs to converge at the venue to prepare fufu, rice balls (omotuo), konkonte and banku with various kinds of soups to match.
It is normally a gratis programme where all one needs to do is to come along with an 'asanka' (traditional blender or Ghanaian grinding pot that is made out of clay with ridges inside). Once at the venue, you go to any of the caterers contracted to cook and you are served any of the four Ghanaian dishes on display with your preferred soup with either fish, meat, offal, bush meat or a mixture of all.
The colourful event saw most of the guests clad in branded 2023 Asankamu shirts in white, green, violet and black colours.
The side attraction apart from the free food, shirts and drinks was the stage performance by Obrafuor, arguably Ghana's best rapper in contemporary times.
Other local artists who graced the festival were Kobby Simple, Kwame Zaggy, Okotor Perry, Minab, Loyce, Emoji, Keziah Adu, Zelloys, Kingspack, Youknow, Kaikaiku, Don Prophecy and others.
Francis Ejaku Donkoh, Executive Director of Fed Kastle Multimedia Limited, speaking on the sidelines of the festival assured that next year they intend to shift the venue to Adisadel School and Colleges Park to accommodate more patrons.