Auas Valley draws thousands of shoppers with late night braai competition
The first quarter ended on a high note for the Auas Valley Shopping Mall when more than 12,000 shoppers flocked to this secluded shopping centre on a single evening to get a slice of the action during last week’s late night shopping promotion.
With businesses extending their shopping hours until after 20:00 and lots of specials, promotions and entertainment, these events have become very popular. Building on the success of the first late night shopping event early this year, Thursday evening, 30 March proved to be a bumper event, exceeding all previous targets.
The main teaser was the highly-contested Weber braai competition supported by a prize giving ceremony for the best braaiers and for the winning schools in a mall-decorating competition. This braai competition was unique as it was the first time that competing braaiers had to use a gas Weber.
It was hosted by Safari Den and Weber, with Tommy Dickson, well-known personality from KykNET’s “Toks ‘n Tjops” programme, aka Vaatjie as judge.
Owners, managers and staff members from the businesses in the mall challenged each other to cook in a gas Weber. The Agra retail team, Ewan van der Merwe and Jannie Louw from Agra Windhoek proved to be most proficient in cooking on gas, winning the judge’s favour by a narrow margin. Agra Properties took the second spot and Gerrit Schoonbee of Magnifique Gifts won the solo category.
The Auas Valley Shopping Mall last year started involving primary schools in its vicinity to participate in seasonal décor for the mall in a kids art competition. In this year’s first quarter competition, shopping vouchers to the value of N$11,000 were given to the schools as prizes.
Windhoek Gymnasium Primary was selected as the winning school with Kleine Professor College second while Delta Primary School and Pioneerspark Primary School shared third place.
In the picture are the winners of the gas Weber braai competition, Ewan van der Merwe and Jannie Louw with Tommy Dickson (Vaatjie) in the middle.