MAFTOWN BEER FEST COMIN AND BOTS DJ’s WILL BE ROCKING

I have been to South Africa before chasing food festivals, wine festivals and Jazz Festivals. Some of the best festivals I attended; one know as the Best Ten Days of Winter, the Knysna Oyster Festival, Cape Town International Festival (Africa’s Grandest Gathering), Joy of Jazz and Macufe. The  Knysna Wine Tasting Festival is the only one that I have done which had to do more with an alcohol theme and my first wine tasting festival. I was not disappointed with it at all. More 50 wine estates had come together from around the famous Garden Route which Knysna happens to be part of.

But one thing that has caught my eye is the is the Maftown Beer Festival dated for the 31st August 2013. Although Mafikeng is known for the annual 60’s Party which happens towards the end of the year, this will surely get my fellow citizens of Botswana to cross the border and enjoy the 20 hour beer fest. According to South African Tourism, The concept of the Maftown Beer Festival was launched in 2012. The primary was to offer different to the entertainment spectrum of North West Province, at once creating a reason to celebrate a beverage beloved by many, a diverse and intoxicating culture, and an increasingly diverse musical heritage.

The crowd Mover (TCM) OF Groove cartel

The crowd Mover (TCM) OF Groove cartel

German Dollar of Groove Cartel

German Dollar of Groove Cartel

The celebration features over six breweries under one venue and also offers a wide variety of ciders, whiskeys, spirits, cocktails and wine so as to cater for all tastes. The Festival is Mahikeng’s largest annual gathering of beer novices, enthusiasts, connoisseurs and those just wishing to enjoy beer in a slightly different environment and a truly exceptional setting. In order to add an educational aspect particularly for those looking to learn more about the beer industry, the Festival will also see beer tastings with experts and the opportunity to watch home brewing demonstrations and participate in blind tastings to ensure visitors get the most out of their experience. The hosting of a beer garden is yet another feature that aims to ensure the experience is an all-round one which promotes a little time out to relax, celebrate and enjoy that renowned Maftown vibe.

Many would love the fact that some of Botswana’s finest DJ’s, namely DJ Archduke and Groove Cartel will be there to rock Maftown. From S.A side you can expect to jive to the sounds of Nick Holder, Julien Gomes, DJ Ganyani, DJ CNDO, Alaska, Da Capo, Morafe, DJ Essence, Big Boy and Papa to mention a few.

At a cost of R100 rand, this is way too affordable for my local folks and they don’t have to worry about the event closing down early as it is the issue with our own local gigs. The Place to be for the beer fest is Mmabatho Stadium. Maftown is just a stone throw away from Botswana and it is a place many Batswana know very well.

TASTE OF MOZAMBIQUE

My past holiday in Mozambique was more of a food and beach holiday. Traveling on a budget and trying a new taste in Mozambique’s Tofo Coast. Eating well and saving money was easy even though at some point I had to rely on some tuna fish I brought from home to avoid straining my budget. Here are a few things I ate and drank while beaching in Mozambique. I also had a couple of beers, whiskey and their local rum.

My first beer after 48 hours at Lebombo Boarder Post

My first beer after 48 hours at Lebombo Boarder Post

I discovered a restaurant called Peri Peri and they do have a lot of it

I discovered a restaurant called Peri Peri and they do have a lot of it

Bread is always galore

Bread is always galore

Vegetable curry, X-mas Lunch

Vegetable curry, X-mas Lunch

CrayFish and it was not well cooked. They grilled it than boiling it.

CrayFish and it was not well cooked. They grilled it than boiling it.

Coleslaw Salad.

Coleslaw Salad.

Pasta

Pasta

Kingklip

Kingklip

Fish fillet and fries

Fish fillet and fries

Soaking up in Jack's Old No 7 with water.

Soaking up in Jack’s Old No 7 with water.

MANICA Beer

MANICA Beer

Tipo Tinto Rum.., just mix with Rasberry and you'll have a story to tell.

Tipo Tinto Rum.., just mix with Rasberry and you’ll have a story to tell.

Some Rice and curry

Some Rice and curry

Mash and Fish

Mash and Fish

Fish Roll and Fries

Fish Roll and Fries

Can't remember what this burger is made of but i know i bought it from Street Bar Named Desire.

Can’t remember what this burger is made of but i know i bought it from Street Bar Named Desire.

Shopping for some ocean cuisine

Shopping for some ocean cuisine

Lunch offered by new friends at Fatima's. We sure cooked up a storm.

Lunch offered by new friends at Fatima’s. We sure cooked up a storm.

Tipo Tinto by the Beach

Tipo Tinto by the Beach

Can't remember what this burger is made of but i know i bought it from Street Bar Named Desire.

Can’t remember what this burger is made of but i know i bought it from Street Bar Named Desire.

Braaing some by the camp site

Braaing some by the camp site

Crab Soup

Crab Soup

Last meal in Maputo

Last meal in Maputo