The diverse and uniquely curated Culinary Programme on offer at the Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival focuses on regional flavours, tastes and trends, as well as presentations on environmental and cultural aspects of Eswatini.

Siba’s Culinary Showcase

International multi-award-winning food expert, author and entrepreneur, Siba Mtongana is the first African Culinary Star to have a global reach and influence in over 130 countries, with her show Siba’s Table on Food Network. She continues to break industry barriers through her passion for food and people; in the USA alone, the show airs in over 60 million homes on the Cooking Channel. Chef Siba will create a special three-course meal: Granadilla and Avo Spriv; Fried Plantains; Lamb Shank, Frozen Mash and Micro herbs; Cheat Meringue Cheesecake.

Braai Master Demonstration by Pete Goffe-Wood

Returning to Luju for the second year, the much-loved Ultimate Braai Master Pete Goffe-Wood, will host an interactive and collaborative activation in partnership with Malandela’s Restaurant. A world-renowned chef, a judge of MasterChef and founder of Kitchen Cowboys, Pete will once again come up with a unique Luju dish.

Junior Chef Cook Off

A tasty platform for budding young chefs to pursue their passion for cooking and enrich their palates alongside international culinary expert, this competition for young chefs, aged 10-16, will see two finalists go head-to-head in the Junior Chef Cook Off, vying for the title of Luju Junior Chef 2019 with their own recipes. The cook off will be facilitated by renowned Braai Master and Chef, Pete Goffe-Wood.

Why Bees are Important to You

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.

Meals with Meaning: Rescuing Food to Feed the World

NOSH Food Rescue NPC and The Moya Centre, an organization that aims to strengthen the future of Swaziland through the nurture of children, will together make a presentation on their aims to reduce food insecurity by diverting, repurposing, and redistributing prepared and perishable surplus food.

Ancestors: The World’s Oldest Cultural Tradition

Anthropologist Bob Forrester will talk about the role of ancestors in different cultures, including Swati culture, and will share some insights into traditional healing and the holistic approach of traditional healers. Guests can attend this fascinating talk and also have a healing session with an experienced local sangoma.

Wine Tasting 101: Around Your Palate in 30 Minutes

Wine connoisseur Hanneke van Linge presents a brief introduction to the appreciation of wines and wine tasting. Along with a few choice vintages, she offers the budding oenophile a few tips to help them on their own journey towards appreciating fine wines.

To view the 2018 Culinary Programme, click here.