Throughout this week, Mombasa City's Mama Ngina drive, the majestic Elephant Tusks along Moi Avenue and Fort Jesus, are the backdrop for the Mombasa International Cultural Festival [MICF] 2015.

The three venues have been transformed into a beehive of activities and melting pot for cultural events, educational sessions, walkabout cuisine bazaars, traditional performances and water sports - all in the spirit of the on-going fete.

According to organizers, the fun-filled coastal festival aims to attain its objective - to inform, educate and celebrate the port city's rich heritage and cultural diversity as a people.

This nine-day extravaganza is showcasing various activities inclusive dance, music, food bazaars, traditional garments, poetry [mashairi], story-telling sessions ideal for children alongside water and beach sports activities.

In the wake of implementation of the devolution enshrined in the Kenyan constitution, the promotion of cultural activities has flourished across different counties in parts of the country.

The Mombasa County's Department of Tourism Development & Culture is firmly on course to push forth the cultural awareness agenda in the region.

But more significantly, the festival is seeks to shine the spotlight not only on Mombasa's cultural heritage and cuisines fairs - but also larger coastal region's collective potential as a tourism and hospitality destination.

During the festival, day-long EXPO sessions provide a platform for neighbouring counties i.e Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu and Kwale, with officials invited to market cultural resources available in their respective localities.

Among the festival's highlights was the opening day's Madafu Cocktail held last week, at the Fort Jesus to themed Utamaduni, Zilizopendwa, Uswazi, Kizazi Kipya, Talanta cultural night's concerts and food bazaars.

Assorted cuisine servings and coastal street cookery - a popular cultural lifestyle dating back to decades with culinary prowess passed over generations, also takes prominence at the festival.

An array of mouth-watering varieties of snacks and tasty delicacies are on display - coconut flavoured cakes, viazi vya karai, mahamri, mbaazi, rice patties, pilau, samosas, shawarma, kebab, coconut water [madafu], fresh fruit juices and kahawa tungu.

Other activities include Corporate/SMEs exhibitions, children villages, youth corner, palm gardens and traditional homesteads replicas. Also on the cards are dance/marathon/ triathlon and dhow competitions alongside beach volleyball/water sports at the Kenyatta Public beach front.

Fireworks will also light up the grand finale concert and carnival parade as the curtains fall on the festival.