The 2019 Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival Promises To Be Bigger And Better

After its incredibly successful maiden edition, the Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival returns this year happening from the 2nd of  August and the 3rd August with an even better lineup. The inaugural event was a delightful sensory and delectable experience with a feast of lavish music and the finest food, and surpassed most people’s expectations. The second edition promises to be nothing short of breathtaking with global culinary sensation, Siba Mtongana, being the culinary headliner. Last year’s edition attracted thousands of music, food and fashion enthusiasts from all walks of life and different ages with a majority of them adhering to the African Vintage theme. It was indeed a blissful and well co-ordinated event with a stunning setup complimenting the lawns of House On Fire Sculpture Garden and the endless cane fields and rolling hills. Luju is a distinct and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

This year’s edition has a number of exciting developments, like staying in a state-of-the-art Rush Glamp. The Rush Glamping tents include en-suite hot showers and toilets, providing a home away from home for local and international guests. Malandela’s Restuarant will be offering a full buffet breakfast for all the Rush Glamping guests, giving you the energy you need to enjoy a full experience of the festival and all it has to offer. The festival has also introduced travel packages which include charter flights to make getting to this weekend feast of local flavor as quick and easy as possible. It will also include a wide range of regional culinary experts, sustainable food practitioners, craft beverage distillers, regional breweries and wine estates, as well as crafters and artisans.

A majority of guests adhered to last year’s African Vintage theme, clad in different styles and splendid attire. This year’s theme is A Return to the African Future, telling a story of who you are as an African, from the past, present and future. As we return to ourselves, we return to a time when we respected the soil, treading lightly with bare feet.

Weekend Add-On Value
This is an innovative way to assist guests in getting a full experience of the beautiful kingdom of eSwatini. The weekend add-on experiences include glass-bowling and candle making showcases to be put on by Ngwenya Glass and Swazi candles, as well as a traditional dance show at the nearby Mantenga Cultural Village. Read more on this here.

What/who to look out for on the day of the event?
With more music and culinary acts to be announced shortly you can expect some of these acts to be doing what they are best known for:

Chef Siba Mtongana – The first African culinary star to have a global reach and influence in over 130 countries and with her popular show Siba’s Table on the Food Network. Siba is now an ambassador for Foodbank South Africa, an organization that helps fight hunger of malnutrition in the country. She’ll be showcasing her culinary expertise assisted by a sous-chef (yet to be announced), preparing a 3 course meal in a 45-minute cooking demonstration.

Pete Goffe Wood   A professional chef for 32 years, Pete describes himself as food alchemist, wine quaffer, cook, restaurateur, seafood sustainability freak, occasional writer, Master Chef SA and Ultimate Braai master judge, he returns for the second edition of the festival. Fresh from opening a new restaurant called Viande in the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl, he will be bringing his special brand of spice to the Luju mix.

Amanda Mo – Born Sitandzile Amanda Matsebula, Amanda Mo is an R&B, soul and pop artist from the kingdom of eSwatini. The 2018 MTN SWAMA Best Pop artist winner will be serenading festival guests with her mellow and soul-touching lyrics coupled with up tempo grooves. Her debut album Sistandzile, has already set a tone in charts around Southern Africa.

Sheejay Zoe – Born Zodwa N Matsebula, Zoe is a popular and well recognized DJ on the rise to global recognition. Having performed in countries like Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and USA, she’ll be dishing out the finest hot jams.

DJ Ohpis  Ohpis is not new to big stages, as he recently performed at the annual MTN Bushfire festival. Born Sipho Ntshangase, Ohpis kickstarted his music career while studying in Chicago. With a diverse and international following, Ohpis has the ability to bring people together with his music selection. His sets are a raw blend of hip-hop and electronic dance music, with a progressive feel, sometimes wearing in alternative genres.

Bongo Maffin – After a lengthy hiatus from the studio, Bongo Maffin have reformed to become a formidable quartet that dished out both timeless club-bangers and conscious soul-stirring ballads. They are back to claim their rightful place at the top of the charts. Catch them as they take you down memory lane with your all-time favorite jams.

Holly Rey  Cruising on the success of her chart topping afro house track, Deeper, Holly Rey is more than a singer, song-writer and musician; she is a vivid and mesmerizing performer. She is the youngest person to sign a deal with SONY/ATV Music publishing South Africa, at age 13 and established a reputation on the streets and in the taxi ranks of her hometown, Durban.

The Muses – Fusing classical instruments with contemporary music, The Muses are a sensational electric string quartet based in Johannesburg with a love and passion for entertaining. Four talented and gorgeous women, this group breathes new life into contemporary hits with their unique sound that has seen them perform at many high-profile events.

Ghorwane  Named after a lake in the Chibuto District, the group was founded by Pedro Lang. After their first performance at the Raizes concert in Cine Africa 1984, the group went on to become the largest band in the country. Ghorwane continues to be one of the Mozambique’s most popular groups both inside and outside the country.

GrazRoots Project – The GrazRoots Project revisits old South African classics, celebrates past composers and musicians. The presentation is vibrant and engaging, making sure the music is suitable for all type of audiences. They’ll be featuring afro soul sensation, Siphokazi.

Siphokazi – This afro soul songstress will be joining the all-star GrazRoots Project ensemble. The multi-award winning artist will be singing songs from her new self-tilted album and some of the songs that have made her famous.

DJ Okapi – Born Dave Durbach, DJ Okapi is the mastermind behind the blog, record store and record label Afrosynth. With a passion for recovering and showcasing records from almost forgotten South African genres, he is best known for his collections of unique synth-fuelled ‘80s bubblegum disco music and down tempo ‘90s kwaito grooves.

Wine saloon – For more sophisticated palates, the Wine Saloon will present an array of wines and demonstrations from seasoned masters, relaying the art and history of wine making as well as offering their insights on the fine art of food pairing.

Craft Beer Garden  It will offer an expansive selection of quality craft beers including special brews from the finest breweries in Africa. The space will also feature a delectable spread of curated gourmet food.

Top Deck Lounge – Set in the tree shaded Malandela’s Restaurant gardens, the Top Deck Lounge will offer guests an all-access quality experience inclusive of whisky tasting, waiter service and farm-style a-la carte menu with a great panoramic view of the festival arena.

Premium lounge – Perfectly positioned on an elevated platform, the premium lounge will be an access-controlled space with prime unobstructed views of the main stage where guests are treated to an exclusive experience with wait service and private facilities.

Design Café – The design café will be a pop-up concept store featuring a curated exhibition of the region’s finest creations in fashion, multimedia, designer foods  and visual art complimented by an enthusing take from recognized media personalities.

KidZone – In the kids zone, children can roll up their sleeves to participate in plenty of age appropriate, stimulating and hands-on activities. In between being active and creative, youngsters can also enjoy treats just right for their little tummies.

Premuim Lounge tickets for the festival are now sold out. Don’t miss out on this culinary and musical experience, get your tickets now. #EatSwayLove

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Find out more about the festival here.

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Featured image credit: Shaun Desousa Photography.

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Philani Dlamini Philani Dlamini born and raised in Manzini ,the kingdom of Eswatini. A firm believer that the kingdoms growing entertainment industry will reach world class status, which motivated him to start writing and promoting/unearthing some of the country's raw talent.

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