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2019 Media Partners Promote The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival is coming up fast! Taking place on the 3rd of August 2019, the event has secured support from a range of culinary activation partners, as well as some of the regions most influential media partners.

The 2019 edition of the festival is excited to announce partnerships with one of South Africa’s largest and most-read media platforms, Independent Media, which publishes The Star newspaper and the hugely popular iol.co.za.

With millions of readers, both The Star and iol.co.za have taken an active role in promoting this year’s event and will be sending teams to cover the festival in real-time and in South African newspapers.

Foodies all know and love the popular website Food24, and so Luju is extremely excited about this year’s partnership with this amazing culinary website. With a number of articles already published on www.Food24.com, Food24 will also be sending a journalist to report on all the event highlights.

Locally, Luju is also proud to partner with key Eswatini media platforms Times of Swaziland, the Swazi Observer, Eswatini Broadcasting Information Services (EBIS) and Eswatini TV.

Through the support of these media partners in Eswatini it will be possible to share all of the exciting updates for the event, as well as broadcasting live updates direct from the festival.

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival would like to thank all of its media partners for their critical and essential support.

For more information and to purchase tickets and accommodation: www.lujufestival.com

SURVIVAL GUIDE: Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival 2019

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane-fields and rolling hills in Eswatini, The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, is nearly here!

August 3rd will see a memorable event with a diverse and uniquely curated program that focuses on regional flavours, tastes and exciting new lifestyle trends from Eswatini and the greater southern African region. An Opening Night Party will be held on Friday evening, 2nd August, exclusively for Premium Lounge and Glamping ticket holders.

Just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival, this is a not-to-be missed event that offer a range of lifestyle and music performances and activations to compliment the culinary program headlined by the internationally acclaimed Siba Mtongana and the much-loved Ultimate Braai Master Pete Goffe-Wood.

 

Here are some tips and important information to help you plan your upcoming Luju weekend!

 

Q: Where is it and how to get there?

A: The event will take place on the House on Fire lawns (the same location as The MTN Bushfire Festival) overlooking the scenic Malkerns Valley in Eswatini. The venue is located about a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg, South Africa, and is 23km from the capital city, Mbabane, as well as a short 14km from Ezulwini.

Key in the following GPS coordinates: Elevation 756m – S 26’ 29.881 E031’ 13.110 to find us or go to the Google Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/kgAUmjDLBuSmf7qW8

All of Eswatini’s border posts are open seven days a week, such as the Sandlane / Nerston Border post, (although some of these may keep shorter hours than Golela and Oshoek).

You will require a passport to enter Eswatini, and please make sure you have checked the visa requirements: www.thekingdomofeswatini.com/

SOUTH AFRICA REQUIRES ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK TO BRING MINORS ACROSS THE BORDER! PLEASE ENSURE UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND OTHER NECESSARY PAPERWORK IS SECURED BEFORE YOU LEAVE!

ATTENDEES MAY BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE IDENTIFICATION TO ENTER THE EVENT – ONLY ORIGINAL ID BOOKS/CARDS, DRIVERS LICENCE CARDS & PASSPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 

Q: Where can I get tickets?

A: Physical tickets are available at Standard Bank branches in Mbabane, Matsapha and Manzini, as well as at The Gallery at House On Fire. Tickets are also available online from our website: www.lujufestival.com/tickets, A limited number of tickets will be for sale at the gate of House On Fire on Saturday, 3rd August.

 

Q: What are the opening / closing times?

A: The Luju Festival on Saturday 3rd August opens at 10am and closes at 3am. On Friday, there is an Opening Night Party for Premium Lounge and Glamping ticket holders only; it will be from 6pm -12pm.

 

Q: What should I wear?

A: The Luju Festival Fashion Police will be on the hunt for this year’s best dressed winners! If you aren’t shy to stand out from the crowd and flaunt your unique sense of style, while artistically incorporating this year’s theme – A Return to the African Future – then we are looking for you. Afro-futurism, as we are calling it, is all about embracing Africa’s rich history, colourful traditions and unique style, while celebrating the prospects of a bright African future. Our judges will be looking for a sense of style that exhibits the following:

  • A unique approach to our Afro-futuristic theme
  • An African vintage look inspired by the township jive of the ‘50s in Sophiatown and Accra’s highlife jazz bands
  • A creative design that demonstrates an understanding of Luju as a colourful social space and lifestyle hub.

 

Q: Where can I get accommodation?

A: Our website has various accommodation options available, including a Glamping package which puts you on site. For accommodation options, visit: http://house-on-fire.com/luju/accommodation/

 

Q: Will there be vegetarian / Vegan food at the Festival?
A: Yes, you’ll be able to get your fill of all kinds of scrumptious, healthy foods suitable for all types of diets for the duration of the festival.

 

Q: Luju is Cashless, what does this mean?
A: Cash will not be accepted by vendors at the festival. Instead, money can be loaded onto your wristband at our cashless Top Up stalls. Credit and Debit cards will also be accepted by the majority of vendors / traders who will be located within the various festival strands.

 

Q: Will there be ATM facilities available?

A: There is an ATM. However, it’s strongly suggested that attendees come prepared, so as to avoid any inconvenience or disappointment due to technical issues or queuing.

 

Q: How do I Cash Out with the funds left on my wristband?

A: Guests can cash out at any of the Top Up stations to recover leftover money on their wristbands, and guests can also cash out online: go to www.howler.co.za and click the ‘cash out’ button at the top of the page.

 

Q: Can I donate leftover funds on my wristband?

A: Yes, you can opt to TAP OUT to support our beneficiary, BoMake Rural Projects. BoMake are looking to raise money to continue building boreholes for communities so they can have access to safe and potable water. Festival goers can donate any leftover funds from their cashless wristbands when they leave the festival, at the boMake Rural Projects’ stall. For more information on BoMake visit: https://bomake.org/

 

Q: What else can I do over the weekend?
A: The festival itself will take place on Saturday, from 10am till 3am. Visitors can, however, also attend other activities at locations in the vicinity of the festival venue. These activities are very much in line with the festival spirit of promoting wholesome African goodness. These include a glass-blowing excursion at Ngwenya Glass, a candle-making experience at Swazi Candles complex, traditional dances at Mantenga, a canopy tour at Malolotja and much more.

 

Q: Will there be Wi-Fi at the Festival?

A: Yes, Real Image, Luju’s connectivity partner for the festival, has a great Wi-Fi offer: 1GB Wi-Fi Voucher for R50.00. It will only be available and usable onsite for both Friday and Saturday. For more info, visit: www.realimageservices.com

 

Q: What can I bring into the festival?
A: The organizers reserve the right to refuse admission to the festival site at any time. Any bags brought into the event WILL be searched upon entry.

The following items are PROHIBITED and will not be allowed into the venue:

Weapons, explosives, firearms, glass bottles, aluminium cans, hazardous and breakable materials, fireworks, lasers, flashlights and anything else that can interfere with the artists.
No camping gear of any kind will be allowed into the festival venue.
No illegal drugs of any kind allowed in the festival or campsites. You may be prosecuted.
No drinking of alcohol outside the festival entrance or in the parking lot. You may be prosecuted.

Food and drinks are not allowed into the festival. Only food and drinks purchased at the festival will be allowed to circulate.

 

Q: Are children allowed into the festival?
A: Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 0 – 5 can enter the festival for FREE. Children aged 6 – 12 have to purchase the full festival Children’s ticket.

 

FESTIVAL RULES AND POLICIES:

 

  • You need a valid festival pass (wristband) in order to enter the event.
  • Your wristband must be worn at all times.
  • You will be allowed to go in and out of the festival venue as long as you keep your wristband on at all times for the duration of the festival.
  • For your safety, all attendees are subject to search upon entry.
  • All ages are welcome. Children aged 5 years and under have free entry.

 

Find Out More:

Visit the Luju online pages at: www.Lujufestival.com

Social media: www.facebook.com/Lujufestival/ , www.instagram.com/luju_festival and @LujuFestival on Twitter

boMake Rural Projects at the Standard Bank LUJU Food & Lifestyle Festival: Would You Drink This?

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, coming up on August 2-3rd is a celebration of the tastes, flavours, styles and cultures of the region. Luju is also a celebration of sustainable, ethical and locally driven initiatives that support programs around food and water security for the region.

One of these initiatives has been developed by Luju partner boMake Rural Projects through one of their key programme areas of water, sanitation and hygiene. With the goal to improve public health through increased equitable access to potable water, sanitation and hygiene for all households, to date boMake through this WASH program, has installed 28 boreholes in 28 communities and approximately 1000 pit latrines in rural communities in Eswatini. More the 20000 people now have access to clean water.

 Water is Life

From cooking, drinking and washing the significance of water is evident throughout our everyday activities. Water is more than a lifestyle, it’s a human right. It is intrinsic to life.

It is quite unsettling to know that there are still some communities in Eswatini that do not have access to safe and potable water and yet it is a need. The burden of water collection falls mainly on women, who still need to take care of the family while making money after going to search for clean water.

boMake prioritizes support to women as they are the foundation for thriving communities and families. They collect water from far-away streams. This must be done early in the mornings when the mud has settled down. They share this water source with livestock and there is no effective protection against bacteria and chemicals. boMake is committed to supporting these communities in finding safe, clean drinking water systems.

Luju Activation

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival is committed to promoting water awareness and the importance of water is visible throughout the festival, from the cooking at the culinary kitchen and the washing of utensils to attendees quenching their thirst with a bottle of water.

At this year’s Standard Bank Luju Festival, boMake will create a space where festival-goers can quench their thirst for knowledge relating to WATER as a human need and right. They will also have water samples for tasting, from current sources used by communities in need of potable water, for festival-goers to see and drink.

Visitors will also get the opportunity to ‘tap’ into a virtual reality experience, embarking on a journey into a rural community through an immersive VR video where they follow one of the WASH interventions, as community members go from using an unhealthy source to taking the first sip of clean water from a newly installed borehole. Through these activations, boMake aims to encourage people to appreciate the importance of water and become advocates for change in communities with very little or no access.

Tap Out

Standard Bank LuJuFestival attendees will have the opportunity to support boMake’s cause, not only by taking part in our activations throughout the day, but also by opting to TAP OUT instead of cashing out. People can simply donate any leftover funds from their cashless wristbands when they leave the festival, at the boMake Rural Projects’ stall. We are looking to raise enough money to give more communities access to safe and potable water.

The Standard Bank LUJU Festival platform is a great opportunity for boMake to advocate the need for clean water in Eswatini communities and encourage festival attendees to be part of the difference safe water will bring to the community.

 

For more information on BoMake visit: https://bomake.org/

For tickets and more information on the Luju Festival, visit: http://house-on-fire.com/luju/

 

 

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival Best Dressed Competition

The Standard Bank Luju Festival Fashion Police will be on the hunt for this year’s best dressed winners! If you aren’t shy to stand out from the crowd and flaunt your unique sense of style, while artistically incorporating this year’s theme – A Return to the African Future – then we are looking for you. Afro-futurism, as we are calling it, is all about embracing Africa’s rich history, colourful traditions and unique style, while celebrating the prospects of a bright African future. Our judges will be looking for a sense of style that exhibits the following:

  • A unique approach to our Afro-futuristic theme
  • An African vintage look inspired by the township jive of the 50’s in Sophiatown and Accra’s highlife jazz bands
  • A creative design that demonstrates an understanding of Luju as a colourful social space and lifestyle hub.

PRIZES INCLUDE:

1st Prize – A night for two at the Happy Valley Hotel

2nd Runner-Up – A full body massage for two at The George Hotel

3rd Runners-Up – Dinner for two at Malandela’s Restaurant

                                                                                                                                      

 

LUJU BEST DRESSED JUDGING PANEL

Jewel Coza

Jewel is the founder, director, and “Editor in Chic” of JEWELCOZA, a lifestyle brand which reaches tens of thousands of people globally through social media.

As the face of Sir John (Beyoncé’s makeup artist) x WBeauty, she has travelled to New York through the campaign and engaged young girls on the essence looking stylish and classy.

With 5 years’ worth of experience in styling individuals and brands, developing businesses and increasing their visibility editorially and through style mentoring, this fashion and style expert is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Jewel has empowered countless women to take control of their looks by mastering styling skills. Her insatiable knack for fashion has inspired her to master the art through education. She is currently studying at FEDISA in Cape Town towards her Honors in Fashion.

Mncedisi Kunene

Mncedisi is a young creative and freelance artist in the fashion industry in Eswatini and most parts of Southern Africa. He regards fashion and art as a calling that has been strengthened through his training in fashion.

Growing up, he was exposed to a lot of creative fashion designs through his grandmother whom he says was exceptionally talented and gifted in the eye of fashion design. In the broad fashion industry, he has been particularly interested in vintage clothing through which he gets to channel his grandmother. His appreciation for vintage is also allows him to visit to the old days that he never got to experience

 

Thobeka Manyathela

Thobeka is a passionate writer and the current editor of the Times Swazi News and the Sunday Times. Her previous role as the publication’s Style Editor offered her a platform to express her passion and further sharpen her eye for fashion. Thobeka believes that fashion transcends current trends. According to her, it captures timeless pieces that leave an unforgettable style trail that will inspire generations to come. This undisputed fashionista boasts several vintage pieces that she stylishly mixes with the latest trends. She believes that fashion is a magical way of making a statement.

Sakhile Gumbi

Sakhile is a designer, poet, musician, illustrator, photographer, filmmaker and creative director. As a designer and photographer, he expresses his interest in portraiture and the idea of a presentation of self as a lived performance. He also engages on how fashion interacts with identity, connectedness, creativity and association with changes in tradition and subcultures.

Ur Gal Zee

Ur Gal Zee is an MTN brand ambassador, MC, voice of Entertainment Eswatini, social media personality and a lover of all things fashion and music. She has a sharp eye for style and assembling breath-taking looks. She acknowledges the role that Instagram has played in helping her identify the latest trends. Her style icons are Bonang Matheba for her daring looks, Victoria Beckham for her classy, chic style, and historical beauties like Audrey Hepburn for her timeless Hollywood glam. She describes herself as a simple girl who knows how to steal the spotlight when the occasion calls for it.

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival Park and Ride Schedule

Junior Chef Cook-Off

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival in partnership with SPAR brings you THE JUNIOR CHEF COOK-OFF. This is a tasty platform for budding young chefs to pursue their passion for cooking and enrich their palates alongside international culinary experts. It not only cultivates talent but shows young people what is possible in the world of gastronomy.

Young people aged 10-16 are encouraged to apply for a chance to compete against each other at the Luju festival, under the guidance of Chef Pete Goffe-Wood. Simply download the form below and submit it to curator@house-on-fire.com or drop it off at the Gallery at House on Fire in Malkerns.

Deadline for submission is the 20th of July, after which shortlisted individuals will be invited to a cook off on the 27th of July. Two aspiring young chefs will be selected to vie for the coveted title of Luju Junior Chef 2019 during a culinary showdown at the festival, facilitated by renowned braai master and chef Pete Goffe-Wood, and will receive prizes to the value of E2000!

The selection criteria will require that applicants submit on their application form a recipe taking no more than 30 minutes to make and using 3-10 ingredients that include honey and a dairy product.

 

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival Culinary Program: Local & Sustainable

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

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills in Eswatini, just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival, this is a not-to-be missed event for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers.

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

Sustainable and Local

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.

A world-renowned chef, a judge of MasterChef and founder of Kitchen Cowboys, Pete 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.

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival is also excited to host the fresh-produce EkuphileniMarket, as well as PELUM Swaziland at this year’s event. PELUM is a network of non-governmental organizations 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.

The Moya Centre, an organization that aims to strengthen the future of Swaziland through the nurture of children, is a well-established safe space for orphaned and vulnerable children in the Mahlanya community. Along with NOSH Food Rescue NPC (NOSH), which aims to reduce food insecurity by diverting, repurposing, and redistributing prepared and perishable surplus food, Moya will host a Kids Corner activation focused on recycling and food security.

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, and on to food production, and the importance of this to sustaining healthy communities in the long term.

To accompany the various food activations, Luju will be offering an array of drinks 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.

Plan Your Trip to The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival 2019

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, after it’s hugely successful inaugural edition, will return this year from August 2nd -August 3rd 2019.

From the same team that produces the globally recognised and loved MTN Bushfire Festival, also set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden, Luju is a sophisticated and utterly unique event that sees this familiar space transformed.

A not-to-be event missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers, The Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival’s African-vintage styled look and program celebrates the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

A dynamic program of food, drink, craft, arts, culture and music will be on offer, with one of Africa’s hottest and most loved culinary exports and experts, Siba Mtongana from the internationally acclaimed TV show, Siba’s Table already announced, with Pete Goffe Wood also just recently added to the program.

 

The next few weeks will see a host of exciting additions to this program so make sure to visitwww.lujufestival.com for all the latest updates.

 

For guests traveling to Eswatini, the Standard bank Luju Food and Lifestyle 2019 Festival, that will now take place over two days, has a range of accommodation and travel partners to make planning your visit simple and easy.

All relevant information for travel and accommodation can be found on the website and more details are below:

Culinary Program

The House on Fire Ampitheatre, that will host a specially designed Culinary Programme that will be an interactive showcase headlined by one of Africa’s hottest and most loved culinary exports and experts,Siba Mtongana from the internationally acclaimed TV show, Siba’s Table.

 

A new announcement is the inclusion of a favourite from last year’s Luju event and internationally acclaimed Chef – Pete Goffe Wood of Ultimate Braai Master Fame. Pete will once again run an exciting and interactive program at this year’s event.  

 

The Luju Festival culinary experiences will include intimate cooking demonstrations and master-classes with celebrity chefs, where participants will get to experience and sample the world famous cuisine of our celebrity chefs, and hopefully learn a thing or two from the experts themselves in the process.

 

To accompany the various food activations, Luju will be offering an array of drinks 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.

 

Sway the Night Away

In addition to the full array of food and lifestyle activities taking place across the Luju landscape, TheStandard Bank Luju main stage will feature an inspired array of jazz, afro-pop, blues, acapella and much more, from high profile acts from the region and beyond.

 

The Standard Bank Luju Festival is excited to confirm the legendary Bongo Maffin from South Africa as a headline act who will take to the stage on Saturday night.

 

Additional confirmed acts include The Muses, the four glamorous and gorgeous classically trained musicians who transform popular and contemporary music through violin and cello.

Eswatini’s Amanda Mo, MTN SWAMA Best Afro Pop Artist 2018 while Mozambique’s Ghorwane, who continue to be one of the largest musical groups in the country, South Africa’s GrazRootz Project is the musical embodiment of the Luju theme as it sets out to revive the history and re-connect us with our South African Musical Heritage.

 

LUJU Accommodation & Transport Options

Rush Glamping: Guests will be able to stay on-site with Rush Glamping who will provide a luxury Glamping experience on the Luju Festival grounds.

Glamping tents sleep 2, and packages are for 2 nights, including breakfast. The sturdy spacious walk-in canvas tents contain comfy beds, clean cozy warm linen, a table, two director chairs and an electrical plug point. Each tent boasts its very own hot water shower and personal portable flushing toilet located discreetly behind each tent.

Also included in the package is an invitation to an exclusive pre-festival cocktail party at Malandela’s Restaurant, with light snacks and drinks, on the evening of Friday, August 2nd.

To book your festival ticket and Glamping experience, head over to:https://www.howler.co.za/events/standard-bank-luju-food-lifestyle-festival-e20b

For those looking to stay in some of the nearby hotels, Luju has partnered with a range of hotels to offer special rates especially for Luju guests.

 

The Royal Villas: Each of the 57 luxury guest rooms are set within 14 carefully designed Villas providing a haven of optimum comfort. Furnished with extra comfortable beds fitted with exquisite cotton, each room is fully-equipped with air-conditioning, heated towel rails, mini bars and Wifi.

Reservations:

Phone: (+268) 2416 2042

Email: reservations@royalvillas.co.sz

 

There is a shuttle from Royal Villas to Luju Festival departing every 2 hours from 10am and returning until 3am.

To book:

WhatsApp : +268 7664 0001

Email : tours@skyworld.co.sz

 

Happy Valley Hotel: Ideally located in the heart of Ezulwini Valley, The Happy Valley Hotel offers a relaxing outdoor environment inclusive of an exquisite pool and exceptional dining experience at our restaurants, the Palmeria or Bella Vista Restaurants, as well as a cigar lounge and stylish casino.

Reservations:

Phone: (+268) 2416 1199 / 2416 1898

Email: reservations@happyvalleyhotel.com

 

Emfuleni Lifestyle: This 5-star boutique hotel offers a Silver Lounge with a private bar and comfortable couches. Also offering a swimming pool, Swazi cuisine, breakfast in bed, mini bar and WIFI.

Reservations:

Phone: (+268) 7840 5530  / 7811 3890

Email: reservations@emfuleni.africa

 

The George Hotel: Located right in the center of Manzini, The George Hotel is one of the finest establishments that cater to the needs of business and leisure customers, with 110 well-appointed rooms, 2 restaurants, a Gentlemen’s lounge, a pool, a fitness center and multiple bars.

Reservations:

Phone: (+268)25052260,

Website: www.tgh.co.sz 

Email: reservations@tgh.co.sz 

 

Hilton Garden Inn: Occupying the country’s most iconic building, referred to by locals as ‘ship out of the Ocean,” it is located in Mbabane Central Business District within walking distance of government offices, Mbabane Government Hospital, all major banks and two shopping malls, The Swazi Plaza and The Mall.

Reservations:

Phone:  (+268)2409 2200

Email: HGIMbabane.Reservations@hilton.com

 

Joburg Transfers

For those who want to skip the hassle of driving,  SkyWorld Travel & www.skyworld.co.sz  offers transfers from  OR TAMBO / Sandton Gautrain to Eswatini with drop offs available at Royal Swazi Sun, Lugogo Sun, Royal Villas, Hilton Garden Inn, Emfuleni Lifestyle, and The George Hotel.

WhatsApp: +268 7664 0001

Email : info@skyworld.co.sz

 

SkyWorld also offers an add-on package Half Day Craft & Culture Tour for Sunday August 4th with pick up available from any hotel in Ezulwini. The tour includes a visit to Swazi Candles Handicraft centre, The Mantenga Cultural Village for a snapshot of Swazi culture, lunch (on own account) at Mantenga Lifestyle and then a return to the hotel.

WhatsApp +268 7664 0001

Email:  tours@skyworld.co.sz

 

For those leaving from Maputo, All Out Africa offers an inclusive package that combines transport with a festival ticket, accommodation in twin rooms at Happy Valley Hotel, a trip to Mantenga Cultural Village followed by a visit to Swazi Candles complex where lunch is included.

For bookings

Email tours@alloutafrica.com

 

Blueserve Shuttles provides a safe, reliable shuttle service that runs between the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) and South Africa. Our shuttle service allows you to share your travel with other passengers up to a maximum of seven with the most economical price. However, should you wish, you can also hire the full shuttle for your customised trip. Departures are from Johannesburg – Sandton, Gautrain Station: 15hr30 or from OR Tambo airport.

Contact: Cell:       + 268 7612 1962 or WhatsApp or + 268 7861 5653 or WhatsApp

Land Line: +268 2404 9596/9266

Email: bookings@blueserveswazi.com

Web: www.blueserveswazi.com

 

Tickets for the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival are on sale now. Visit www.lujufestival.com for further information and online ticket purchases.

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival 2019 Vendors Invited to Apply

Set in the scenic Malkerns valley in Eswatini, and just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg, the one-day Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival offers a lavish feast of music, fashion, entertainment, culinary exploits, and connoisseur level premium wine and whiskey showcases.

As a premier food and lifestyle event, the Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival offers a delectable feast of culinary tastes from the region.

Food vendors will therefore be selected based on key criteria, including the premium quality of their food and with an eye towards innovative food presentation or preparation and with a regional/pan-African focus.

Luju is looking for food traders who can accommodate both normal and bite-sized portions from each trader, allowing festival guests to sample a range of food.

Luju will also welcome food enthusiasts looking to add their ‘special ingredient’ to the bespoke menu selection, so preference will be given to vendors offering unique ingredients, preferably locally or regionally grown or sourced, through sustainable practices.

The festival is also looking for interactive stalls that will allow customers to see the preparation process, not just the finished product in its packaging; or those that share visual information about their food.

The 2019 Luju theme is also brought to life in the Design Café – a space that takes us on a journey of celebration though sculptural art and design works. All elements in the Design Café are designed and infused with simple materials that preserve our culture and embrace our environment, offering a focus on creating comforts within our homes and preserving our heritage. Simple pleasures like taking time to swing and discovering small histories is what we yearn for at the Design Café.

Artisans, crafters and others who fit the profile of the Design Café are also invited to apply.

Be part of this memorable day on August 3rd 2019.

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival 2019 Presents Siba Headliner for Culinary Program

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, after it’s hugely successful inaugural edition, will return this year from August 2nd -August 3rd and is excited to announce the global culinary sensation  Siba Mtongana for its exciting and interactive culinary program.

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, this is a not-to-be event missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers. Luju is a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

In an exciting development for this year, the Standard bank Luju Food and Lifestyle 2019 Festival will take place over two days, commencing on the evening of 2nd August.

Guests will be able to stay on site with Rush Glamping who will provide a state of the art Glamping experience on the Luju Festival grounds that includes en suite hot showers and toilets, providing a home away from home for our local and international guests. New travel packages will also include charter flights to make getting to this weekend feast of local flavor as quick and easy as possible.

JOIN SIBA’s TABLE: Headliner Culinary Program

The Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival has at its heart an ethos of celebrating and honouring the local, the African, the wholesome, and the sustainable. To that end, the House on Fire Ampitheatre will host a specially designed Culinary Programme that will be an interactive showcase headlined by one of Africa’s hottest and most loved culinary exports and experts, Siba Mtongana. Saba is the first African Culinary Star to have a global reach and influence in over 130 countries, with her show on Food Network, Siba’s Table.

Siba is incredibly excited to be heading to Luju – “Ms Sibalicious is on her way! This is my first time in beautiful e’Swatini, and I am so excited to connect with my fans and to show share what I love most with them on stage, you can expect to see some VAVAVOOM on the 3rd August at the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival.”

Siba 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, another first for a South African chef.

Apart from being an internationally awarded Chef, Siba is now an ambassador for Foodbank South Africa, an organisation that helps fight hunger or malnutrition in the country. She’s also been interviewed and profiled on CNN International for her global influence in food and her work with Rise Against Hunger.

Sustainable and Local

In addition to Siba, Luju will host a range of regional culinary experts, sustainable food practitioners, craft beverage distillers, regional breweries and wine-estates, as well as crafters and artisans.

The 2019 Luju theme is also brought to life in the Design Café – a space that takes us on a journey of celebration though sculptural art and design works. All elements in the are designed and infused with simple materials that preserve our culture and embrace our environment. Offering focus on creating comforts within our homes and preserving our heritage. Simple pleasures like taking time to swing and discovering small histories is what we yearn at the Design Café.

Vendors interested in trading at this year’s event should please visit the website as applications are now open.

For more information and to purchase tickets and accommodation: www.lujufestival.com