If you are in Pietermaritzburg or surrounding areas you can #LoveLocal this weekend at the Liberty Midlands Mall from 20th-22nd October.
The #LoveLocal Festival will feature Pietermaritzburg’s local favourites – from your favourite home-grown and handmade jewellery, clothing, accessories and home wear, all the way through to your favourite foods, celebrities and chefs! The #LoveLocal Festival has an awe inspiring line up, consisting of 6 South African chefs, who will be partnering up with great celebrities, to offer Midlands a weekend to remember.
Headlining this year’s Chef’s Theatre is Kamini Pather! She is a celebrity food blogger, Radio and TV host, style icon, kitchenware creator, multiple award winner and winner of MasterChef South Africa 2013. Kamini will be returning to her home province and gracing us with a demonstration of her honest love for food through a saucy cook up! Other chefs include Granny Mouse Country House & Spa Executive Culinary Artist, Wayland Green, Lorenzo Giliomee of Fordoun Hotel & Spa, Culinary General Manager at The Midlands Kitchen, Terrence Ford, Cheryl Govender from The Cake House as well as Erica Brown from Sōlfood.
Joining in on the action and assisting the chefs during selected slots will be Stephanie Saville from The Witness, as well as celebrities such as Darren Maule and Keri Miller (East Coast Breakfast), Zola Zeelovin (Gagasi FM), Bongani Mtolo (East Coast Drive), Midlands Meander’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Stephanie Soogrin, Shirdika Pillai (Lotus FM) and a special football star from Maritzburg United.
Over the past 4 years, this Food Festival has been a huge success at Liberty Midlands Mall, and based on high demand, this annual festival has grown and adapted to become something so much more! The #LoveLocal Festival is not only about food. It has evolved, and will be celebrating everything to love about the beautiful city of Pietermaritzburg and its surrounds. Liberty Midlands Mall will be transformed into an artisanal marketplace filled with an array of local exhibitions and marketers, gathering the best of Pietermaritzburg all under one roof.
Carefully curated installations celebrating Pietermaritzburg, its history, its industry and everything to love about this great city will be seen and felt all around the mall.
The ‘Proudly Pietermaritzburg' Exhibition will showcase a number of local and impactful businesses, and through a creative and interesting display will inform the public of their importance in the economic development of the city.
The ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition by Jonathan Burton will take us on a photographic journey through the ages of Pietermaritzburg. Historical photos of the city will be juxtaposed with those of modern day Pietermaritzburg. The contrast between the historical and the contemporary masterfully expresses how vastly the city has evolved and developed over the past 150 years.
The ‘Best Of’ display is a carefully curated installation that will pay homage to beautiful design originating from KwaZulu-Natal, showcasing art, décor pottery and so much more, all of which was created by artists, designers and producers from the region. The show features the likes of HomeWood, Noush Projects, Perfect Imperfect, Arkivio, Shauna Neill, Coast, Bespoke Botanicals, Artesense, Fathima Kathrada, Conteu Magazine and Elysian Creative to mention a few.
The Artisanal Marketplace will be an area where shoppers will be able to meet the local crafters, sample fresh and locally produced goods as well as purchase locally made clothing, leatherware, homeware, baby products and jewellery.
To add to this, The KwaZulu-Natal Museum, has come on board to give visitors a taste of what the museum has to offer in two interactive displays across the Mall. Be amazed by a giant birdcage from the Natural History museum that will add pizazz to the Tread and Miller Court, featuring information about local birds.
The Clicks court is also a must visit, featuring entertainment for the little ones in an interactive kids’ exhibition which sees children ‘dig’ for archaeological items such as dinosaur fossils, keeping them busy for hours.
The kids can also be entertained at the cupcake decorating station, which will be equipped with all things fun and yummy, like icing and sprinkles to let their imaginations run wild.
The festival will run from 9am-7pm on Friday & Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. The Chef’s Theatre will have 8 demonstrations at the following times: Friday at 5:30pm; Saturday at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm as well as Sunday, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.
Says Muhammed Varachia, General Manager of Liberty Midlands Mall: “Pietermaritzburg is rich in culture, food, and goods, but it is also very rich in its sense of community. There are many wonderful products being made in the area, and we wanted to provide the platform for these producers to exhibit their goods and share them with our community!”
With so much on offer everyday this weekend, get down to Liberty Midlands Mall at 50 Sanctuary Road Pietermaritzburg and #LoveLocal!