By Hlengiwe Ndlovu | 2018-05-16
The Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival will be bringing along business partners, who will be showcasing their products and services.
The festival, which will be held on August 4, will be a unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of the country Eswatini and surrounds.
Ngwenya Glass is one of Standard Bank’s partners in this festival.
Visitors will be able to view glassblowing activities from 9am to 2pm on August 5 at the glass factory, which is strategically located near the Ngwenya border leading into South Africa.
There will be a team creating some unique glass artworks on the day and visitors will be able to watch at no cost.
On another note, Mantenga Cultural Village as a partner will provide a platform where visitors can learn about everyday life in a traditional Swazi homestead, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance shows.
The festival is said to be an inaugural event which will be a first of many. “This will be our inaugural year and are looking at building the festival for the next foreseeable future.
This is a first of many.
“We fully encourage the local business fraternity to be involved in this festival. Our purpose as a bank is to make progress real in the country and, as we establish and grow this festival, we would like to do so working hand-in-hand with local businesses. One of the key mandates of House on Fire is local empowerment and we are, therefore, happy to be working with a partner who is also aligned to what the bank stands for,” Standard bank head of marketing Sanele Khumalo said.
There is also a small network of hiking trails offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful contrast between riverine middleveld habitats and Highveld open grassland. The nature reserve also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.
Moreover, guests can enjoy the vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where they can interact with the candle artisans as they work their magic. This will be provided by Swazi candles.
They will have a shop, which is situated a few kilometres from the Luju venue and is located in a complex where visitors view local and African fashion; design arts and crafts; and relax amidst beautiful views at a coffee shop within the centre of it all.
Furthermore, the Malolotja canopy tour offers most dramatic scenery with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces, a rich diversity of flora and fauna across a lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain forest peaks.
The festival will also have the National museum as a partner, which is a cultural experience and captures the link that the country has with nature.
The event will further feature cooking demos and master-classes by seasoned chefs in the region, the best in African fashion, design and arts, as well as some exciting music and comedy performances by artists from the country, South Africa, Mozambique and beyond.
The event is said to host a headlining chef from South Africa J’Something, who will be attending in his capacity as a chef and food lover, as well as fronting a performance from the SA legends – Mi Casa on the Luju Main Stage.
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