Traditional dancing, scrumptious food and awesome entertainment are what makes this event one of the most anticipated of the year.
The Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine and Family Festival takes place at the Mac Banana estate from Friday 24th until Sunday 26th July 2015.
The event kicks off on the Friday night with a shipwreck party at Fazenda Restauranté to commemorate the sinking of the Sao Joao in 1552. The shipwreck theme of the event is sure to be entertaining with guests requested to wear “whatever they were wearing when the ship went down.” From nightgowns to ball gowns, expect to see it all. Tickets for this event are R150 and guests will enjoy a traditional Portuguese feast, live music and dancing. Children are welcome at R35 per child, which includes a burger, chips and soft drink.
The Mac Banana estate will be all abuzz on the Saturday as the food, wine and family festival opens to the public from 9am. No matter what your tastes, you are sure to find what you enjoy in the many varied food and craft stalls on offer. Enjoy live entertainment and sporting fixtures on a big screen in the beer garden. Wine Estates from around the country will be offering tastings of their finest wines. Food from around the world will be represented in the food market and Mac Banana’s Food and Wine Emporium will host a range of vendors offering tastes and samples of their delicious wares.
Along with the wide range of offerings available at the Mac Banana Estate, there will be arts and crafts stalls, fresh flowers, garden plants and more for you to browse through.
You will be spoilt for choice with the amount of entertainment options available. A full kids’ entertainment programme has been planned for the entire weekend, including cupcake decorating competitions, tug of war, banana eating, carnival rides, stilt walkers, puppet shows and face painting. There will be traditional Portuguese dancing, chilli eating competitions, fashion shows, hay bale tossing and more, so make sure you are there to enjoy it.
Existing Mac Banana attractions include The Butterfly Dome, Adventure Golf, Horse Riding, Trampolines, Petting Zoo, Bass Fishing, Quad Trails and Banana Farm Educational Tours.
There will be a free Park n Ride at Munster Airstrip.
Photos courtesy of Elise Earnshaw & Wozani Africa
How to get there...
Address: R61 National Road – between Palm Beach & Munster
GPS: S30°59.589 E30°15.586
What will it cost...
The Festival is free, the Friday night "Shipwreck Party" at TO Strand is R150 per adult and R35 per child