On Saturday the 24th of September, South African’s all over the country will come together to celebrate Heritage Day or, as it has become known in the local vernacular, National Braai Day. Here in the Garden Route it will be no different.
The Sedgefield Lions Club is pulling out all the stops in order to celebrate this day with fanfare. The Craft Beer and Braai Festival will take place on the Village Green in Sedgefield and will have more than enough to keep the whole family entertained.
The Craft Beer and Braai Festival is the perfect place to show your mettle and proof to the world that you are indeed the best braaier or potjiekos maker on the block. Fires will start from 10:00 and, with absolutely no limitations to the braai and potjie competition, fish fowl and fresh veggies may be entered. Competitors will have an allotted plot to work in and have to bring their own braai, potjie, wood, charcoal and ingredients. Their dishes will be judged on presentation and taste. The Judges for the day is Sedgefield local Gary Atkinson, Real Meal Revolution co-author and chef Jonno Proudfoot and Denise Lindley, the Vice- President of the Francois Ferreira Academy and Director of the GINJA Food & Lifestyle Magazine.
Parents who would like to partake in the competition can rest assured that there will be lots to do for the kids with jumping castles, face painting and boeresport to keep them busy and entertained. It will also be a perfect opportunity to support Cupcakes of Hope, the Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer initiative that is also celebrating National Cupcake Day on the 24th.
Local craft breweries, Mitchell’s Knysna Brewery and Sedgefield Craft Brewery, as well as wineries from Plettenberg Bay, Route 62 and even as far away as Stellenbosch, will have a variety of wine and beer to whet appetites while the Lions Club House will become a pop-up restaurant where food, including meat from the Lions’ personal braai, will be served to everyone who would like a bite to eat.
While the Craft Beer and Braai Festival will certainly be a crowd pleaser, for those who prefer to head away from the crowds, there are a wide variety of picnic spots in the Garden Route National Park that offers a quiet space far from the maddening crowd. Some of them we have mentioned in our article about Rooted in Time, the self-drive historical route through the Knysna Forest although there are many more to choose from.
The picnic sites you will encounter while doing the Rooted in Time self-drive route are as follows:
- The Velbroeksdraai Picnic Site;
- The Valley of Ferns Picnic Site and Spitskop Viewpoint;
- The King Edward VII Picnic Site;
- Grootdraai Picnic Site.
Some of the other picnic sites not to be missed are as follows:
- The Ysterhoutrug Picnic Site is situated on the R339 near the Diepwalle Forestry station;
- The Woodville Picnic Site is situated in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park;
- Krisjan-se-Nek Picnic Site is situated at the beginning and end of the Homtini MTB route near Rheenendal;
- The Kranshoek Picnic Site is situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay with spectacular oceans views;
- Jubilee Creek Picnic Site is situated near Rheenendal alongside a gorgeous stream in a valley.
All of these picnic spots have braai facilities and toilet facilities and offer ample opportunity for hiking, swimming and outdoor games.
Thus, whether you head out on your own or join in the fun and festivities, one thing is for sure, on the 24th you will be able to celebrate National Braai Day as only South Africans can.
You can contact the Sedgefield Lions Club on 082 559 8267 (Jurgens)
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sedgefield.lions/
You can contact SANParks Wilderness on 044 877 0046 or 044 356 9021
You can contact SANParks Knysna Lakes on 044 302 5600, 044 382 2095, 044 532 7770 or 044 382 9762
Visit their website at https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/South.African.National.Parks/
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