Thursday 2019-08-22




By Ayanda Dlamini | 2019-07-12

THE Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival, after it’s hugely successful inaugural edition, will return this year on August 3 with a diverse and uniquely curated programme that focuses on regional flavours, tastes and trends.

With the global culinary sensation Siba Mtongana having already been announced as the headliner for the exciting and interactive culinary programme, a range of additional activations and engagements have also been confirmed.

Returning to Luju for the second year will be the much-loved Ultimate Braai Master Pete Goffe-Wood, who will host an interactive and collaborative activation in partnership with Malandela’s Restaurant.  This was revealed by House on Fire Communications Officer Wandile Dlamini.

A world-renowned chef, a judge of MasterChef and founder of Kitchen Cowboys, Pete, according Dlamini, will once again host the hugely popular Kids Kitchen at the festival.

Another uniquely African perspective will be presented by heritage specialist Bob Forrester, who will share his insights on traditional healing and the holistic approach of local healers, known as sangomas. Guests can attend this fascinating talk and also have a healing session with an experienced local sangoma.

“Luju means honey – and this year, local honey producer and bee expert Sibusiso Dlamini, from Bulembu Honey, will present an informative overview on the history and current plight of the African honey bee. Global food security is directly dependent on bees, and yet pests, disease, and pesticides are threatening their very existence.

“Local honey production and the protection of the honey bee have been identified as essential to community development, as well sustainable farming and job creation within Eswatini,” said Dlamini.

The festival is also excited to host the fresh-produce Ekuphileni Market, as well as PELUM Swaziland at this year’s event. PELUM is a network of non-governmental organisations that strive to conserve the environment and actively promote sustainable agriculture practices.


“PELUM will be at Luju to share the progress on their first urban garden being created in the capital city of Mbabane, which will be used as an Agroecology training and demonstration centre that can also serve a multitude of other purposes.

“Demonstrations will include dry sanitation, rainwater harvesting, indigenous nurseries, natural material construction and composting, amongst others,” said Dlamini.

Through fun and interactive games and cooking demonstrations, children will have the chance to learn about the various recycling categories, such as waste, recyclables (paper, plastic, metal), biodegradable, and compostable.

 Additionally, Hanneke von Linge from NOSH will be speaking about various other elements of NOSH programming such as moving from food provision to food promotion, food production for sustaining healthy communities in the long term. To accompany the various food activations, Luju according to Dlamini, will be offering an array of drinking spaces and activations.

“The Drinks Promenade, at the centre of the Luju gardens, is our new adventure within an adventure, that will allow guests to journey through the Luju gardens while experiencing exclusive wines, whiskeys, craft beers and gins from a selection of our new beverage partners,” said Dlamini.

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