Lusito Land Festival 2016
The ever-popular Lusito Land Festival makes its annual return the Wemmer Pan Pioneer Park, bringing some of South Africa's top-notch musicians, not to mention the tastiest Portuguese fare, to Johannesburg. The 11-day event runs from 22 April-3 May 2016.
The festival began humbly in 1981, with the vision of introducing the South African public to Portuguese tradition, cuisine and culture. Over the past 35 years, the event has evolved and is now a celebration of our country's diversity. However, the core of Lusito Land remains intact, to commemorate the vibrant heritage of Portugal.
Having been voted the 'best festival' by Leisure Option Magazine readers for eleven consecutive years, Lusito Land Festival is certainly a crowd-pleaser. Says Noemia Contente, a spokesperson from the Lusito Association for the Physically and Mentally Challenged, "this year’s festival promises to be the best one we have ever put on and we have gone all out to make sure that all our visitors have a great time that exceeds all expectations."
As one might expect, the event is focussed around Portuguese cooking, with a diverse range of dishes up for the tasting. Foodies can look forward to popular and timeless favourites, including grilled piri piri chicken, chicken livers, giblets and seafood. Meat-lovers can indulge mouthwatering espatadas and chourico - a Portuguese pork sausage grilled over a flame. For dessert, devour a pastes de nata or a sugar-filled fartura.
Apart from the food, there will be 147 stalls to peruse. Products available for purchasing range from Portuguese decor to candy floss for the little ones. If you're a thrill seeker, there are a number of fast rides to get your heart pumping at the 'Fun Park'.
While focussed on good food and entertainment, the festival is run in support of a worthy cause. All profits raised from the event goes toward the maintenance and building of the Lusito Schools, an educational institution for the differently abled. The school was incepted in 1979, and now has a thriving population of 60 pupils.
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