The Eastern Free State town of Fouriesburg celebrated its 120th birthday over the weekend of the 20 – 22 September 2013. After ten months of planning, hard work, focus and complete dedication, the little village buzzed youthfully with approximately 3000 festival goers arriving on the Maloti Drakensberg Route.
The weekend was jam packed with activities, offering something for everyone.
The Fouriesburg Show Grounds was the heartbeat of the festivities with a beer garden and wine farms such as Welmoed, Arendsig, Rooiberg and Douglas Green showcasing their true flavours. This naturally was well attended and really got the festivities flowing.
The event kicked off on Friday with live entertainment with thanks to Neil Nachtrein, Slipstream and Henning Joubert as well as a fire poiing show give the evening a warm flair. Children were well cared for at the kids’ entertainment areas, where jumping castles, face painting and interactive games went down a treat.
Saturday saw the introduction of the Maloti Mudder Adventure which had running enthusiasts tackling a 3.5km obstacle course. This was followed by the Vodacom Soccer Tournament at the Mashaeng Stadium, which enthralled fans standing on the side lines.
The Kombuis-klets showcased traditional recipes with popular entertainer David Fourie chatting to the chefs while they prepared their dishes. Onlookers were very keen to find out more about the old age recipes and how these have somewhat changed over the years, given access to new ingredients and the fast-food world we now live in.
The Maloti Drakensberg Route stand was well positioned in the Kombuis-klets and visitors were intrigued to find out more about the route, zapping up the last of the brochures and the high quality, glossy coffee table books – with many already planning their next holiday to some of the exciting and diverse destinations on the Route. Incidentally the Maloti Drakensberg Route is the longest signed tourism route in Southern Africa and includes the Eastern Free State, Lesotho, Eastern Cape Highlands and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg.
A RED farmers’ market had a staggering 83 exhibitors with something for everyone. There was also a mechanical bull and rocket ride for the more daring. The RED market offered all things … red! Such as red jams, fruits, meat, cakes, vegetables and of course, some rather good red wine.
A highlight for many visitors was the visit to the heart of Mashaeng by taxi shuttle for a Tavern Tour. This activity offered a unique experience, filled with traditional entertainment and real Mashaeng hospitality.
The weekend bill was topped by the Kwêla Makietie Concert in the main tent. Well known South African entertainers like David Fourie, Sarah Theron, Johan C Venter, Jannie Moolman and Nedine gave fantastic performances. A Traditional Music Concert at the Mashaeng Stadium was also staged with Tsebo and Kaya as the key artists. The impressive SAB Gig Rig stage was the setting on which the concert took place.
The Fouriesburg Maloti Makiti was made possible with the support of main sponsors Dihlabeng Municipality, Free State Tourism, SAB, Vodacom, Itua and OVK.
By Nikki Tilley
With thanks to Alna Belendez-Retief; Incarnata for supplying content and photos.