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Deep Dive was delicious

SPRING was festively ushered in as Windhoek’s seafood lovers flocked to The Deep Dive Seafood & Wine Festival at Trustco United Sport Fields last Saturday. With oysters shucked and the smell of paella wafting, the well-oiled event welcomed foodies, families and friends to a feast of seafood boils, sushi, mussel pots and more.

While seafood can be as humble as some lekker fish ‘n chips, event host Seapride Foods Namibia definitely took it to the next level. Offering pasta vongole, Cape Malay prawn curry, a massive Spanish-inspired paella, fish goujons and a Louisiana Cajun seafood boil at a series of their food stalls, Seapride added a global touch to a local event and paired it perfectly with wine tasting.

While entrance tickets may have seemed pricey at first glance, the cost included five wine tastings from South African wine estates such as Graham Beck, Vrede en Lust, The Game Reserve, Ken Forrester and Plaisir.

For wine enthusiasts, a splash of wine education, the decent pours and the fair pricing was a treat, though, as a sparkling wine lover, I was particularly partial to Graham Beck’s offerings. No disrespect to the lovely Graham Beck but, for me, the lack of dedicated sparkling wine stalls was a minus in an event full of pluses.

Top of the plus pile was, of course, an impressive array of local and South African performers. Rocking from 12h00 to 24h00, the festival featured The Ells, The Yesterdaye, Waters and his band, Jared-G, Riaan Smit and Gareth Harvey, as well as South Africa’s Naledi, ShenFM and Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions. Great. But why no women headliners?

Meanwhile, Deep Dive was inclusive in other ways, including catering for people who don’t eat seafood, with stalls like Roberto’s Pizzeria, SKW Brauhaus and Chateau Gateaux, your new favourite cake dealer.

The event also featured succulent sushi by Daisho and prawns and platters by Kubata. As for the kids, replete with painted faces, they went wild on Dee’s Kiddie’s Tainment’s wet and dry jumping castles and immersed in cognitive play, all tirelessly supervised by Delilah and her team.

In a flash of tech and no fuss, the cashless Howler event required that you load cash on a card at the door and tap it to purchase food and drinks. Surprisingly, this was seamless. However, as a sage someone who checked the helpful online menus beforehand and only loaded what I needed, I won’t have to deal with waiting for a refund for what I didn’t spend.

Impressively organised, boasting a feel-good flow and with eats worth an average of about 30 minutes’ wait, The Deep Dive Seafood and Wine Festival was a delicious day out.

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