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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 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, in e’Swatini, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival,  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 oflocal 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