Ten days remain until the debut of Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival!

A one-day unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Eswatini and Africa, this African-vintage styled event promises to be unlike any other.

Taking place on 4th August from 10am – 3am, Luju will feature a host of engaging food, drink, music, and lifestyle experiences including cooking demos and master-classes, interactive spaces, the best in hand-crafts and arts, as well as some of the most exciting musical performances from across Southern Africa. Foodies, travelers, culture buffs, and anyone looking for an authentic and sophisticated African-vintage styled event will relish Luju’s firmly locally rooted program.

Alongside the culinary delights and local handicrafts, the festival hosts an interactive Lifestyle Zone, packed full of shops, stalls and offerings all aimed at encouraging positive and ethical lifestyle choices.

 

Gear up for Healthy and Active Fun at Luju
From life planning with Standard Bank and Liberty insurance, and environmentally sustainable living with Watts Up Solar, to choosing an active lifestyle with Phela Live gym, Bailamos Dance, Wheelchair Basketball Swaziland, All Out Africa, as well as mountain biking displays, Luju lifestyle is all about celebrating natural goodness.

Festival-goers can try out a diverse range of fun ways to stay healthy and active. Put on your dancing shoes and join a Salsa, Kizomba or Bachata class; experience a moment of calmness in a yoga class, get a new perspective in life and try out wheelchair basketball, or get your heart pumping and join an aerobics class – who said being healthy has to be hard work!

If this isn’t enough, festival-goers can also have the chance to take an exhilarating quad bike ride through the Malandela’s Farm. Or, hit the virtual road with a simulator from Mercedes-Benz.

 

Sample the finer things in life at the Design Cafe
For a more relaxed ambiance, visit the Luju Design Café – a space curated by Khulekani Msweli a local master of design and art – which will be showcasing the best in design, art and fashion. Within the Design Café, festival patrons will have the opportunity to see and engage with the works of three leading artists from eSwatini, Peppy Sibanyoni, a photographer now based in Cape Town, Celimpilo Dlamini a painter, and Sakhile Gumbi a painter, musician and all-round creative.

 

Delve into the history of eSwatini
Eswatini has by far the oldest cultural tradition in the world. This stretches back over forty thousand years ago to a time when people mined ochre at Ngwenya Mine. Ochre is rusted iron, it has no practical use – but a great deal of spiritual and ritual use. It is how people connect to ancestors and spirits. Bob Forrestor, an expert on this culture and history will present a talk that explores ochre and ritual, past and present, the living and the dead.

At the heart of the Luju Lifestyle Zone, eSwatini’s natural bounty will be on display at the Food Garden with organic body products made from the marula fruit from Swazi Secrets. Additionally, after months of careful selection, 13 of the best food stall providers have been selected to share a delicious range of menu items.

 

Wholesome goodness to delight the taste buds
The Luju Food Garden proudly supports local produce and has partnered with local farmers in eSwatini to supply our farm stall with fresh local produce; including homemade products such as atchar, honey, and marmalades, while all vendors will be provided gas by EasyGas.

Guests can expect a range of gourmet venison, gourmet shisanyama, a raw food café, Ethiopian cuisine with traditional Ethiopian coffee, Swa-shi (our take on Swazi sushi), indigenous Swazi food, Mozambican seafood, Tacos with a Swazi twist, fresh smoothies and juices, herbal teas, gourmet cakes, and fiery curries. The Luju Food Garden is also supported by the Windhoek craft beer bar. Festival guests can expect a wide range of craft beers to choose from.

Masterchef SA judge Pete Goffe Wood has partnered with Big Game Parks to create a special recipe with venison and will host a culinary demonstration in the Food Garden, sharing tips on braa’ing with venison.

 

Kid thrills to be had
It’s also not just adults who are going to be tantalised by the festival’s programme, however. Kids will be enthralled by the activities taking place in the fun and games area.

In-keeping with the vintage theme there will be some old school races, remember all those bygone favourites – the sack race, egg and spoon, and the three-legged race. Also, along the vintage theme, see who can get closest to the target with a shooting range for bows and arrows, pellet guns and slingshots.

Not so old school will be the kids’ quads, which will be racing around what was the Firefly stage for the MTN Bushfire Festival.

Kids will also be able to enjoy cycling, ballet classes with Velile Dube from Kids in Motion, drumming workshops with Pelepele, testing the little grey cells with a giant chess board, and a fun-filled treasure hunt. Finally, what kids’ event would be complete without a jumping castle, a face-painter, and a clown!

For more information and a full event schedule look through the other pages.