The MTN Bushfire Festival, Hipnotik festival, Riders Ranch Bikers rally and Megasound Picnic are some of the most prominent annual events in the kingdom. The Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival is the most recent addition to eSwatini’s events calendar and promises to be a blast. Celebrating the diverse and often veiled flavours, aromas and tastes of Southern Africa, a one-day, lavish feast of music, fashion, entertainment, culinary exploits, connoisseur-led premium wine and whiskey, the Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival will be a sensory experience unlike any other. This festival will feature cooking demos and master-classes, the best in fashion, design and art as well as breathtaking musical performances. The 4th of August is a day not to be missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers looking for a sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative and the delicious. This event will be set on the lavish lawns of House on Fire’s Sculpture Garden against a breathtaking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, which is a very intimate setting. The venue is a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg, 23 km from the capital city and is a short 14 km from Ezulwini.
What to expect on the day
Well known for his singing and cooking, J Something will be doing two of his favourite things at the festival. He will demonstrate a few recipes from his recently published, best-selling cookbook, Something’s Cooking, along with a musical performance with Mi Casa.
Pete Goffe Wood
A professional chef with 32 years’ experience, the food alchemist, will be presenting a braai masterclass in partnership with Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Together they will create gourmet Shisa Venison dishes including impala, wildebeest, warthog and inyala.
Come experience eclectic sounds from Africa’s top artists. With the likes of award winning group, Mi Casa, the incredible Thandiswa Mazwai, Rebirth Of Cool, DJ Kenzhero, Albert Frost alongside local artists the legendary DJ CZAR and marvellous vocalists in Floew, Khole and Judah.
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. Eighteen13 Boutique wine shop will be activating the festival with South African female winemakers. The winemakers include Ntsiki Biyela (2009 South African winemaker of the year), M’hudi Wines founded by the Rangaka Family and self-taught winemaker Thembi Tobie of Thembi Wines.
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.
Guests will be able to partake in various experiences with technology, health, art, as well as high-end, be spoke and handmade home décor, objet d’art, fashion and visual art showcases. There will be a wide range of traditional and contemporary African cuisine food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for the duration of the event.
Unpack your afro combs, platform shoes, swinging dresses, hats and sharply tailored suits as African vintage is the theme of the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival. Don’t miss out on this amazing festival experience on the 4th of August. Tickets are still available at Standard Bank Swaziland branches in Mbabane (Corporate Place), Matsapha and Manzini and as well as House on Fire. You can also purchase tickets online here.