Enjoy local craft beer on Heritage Day

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Craft beer enthusiasts enjoying a tasting hosted by First 15, a brewery based in Johannesburg, which will be part of the Proudly South African Beer Festival.

What could be more South African than spending Heritage Day with good food, a great beer in hand and the company of loved ones? The Proudly South African Beer Festival promises to offer that and more as various South African craft drink companies will be sharing their brews with Bloemfontein.

The festival will be hosted at the Windmill Casino where local coffee hub, Patso’s Café, will be supplying hot beverages and fresh eats while authentic African cuisine will also be served. The festival is a first for #GigCulture, which has brought a breath of fresh air to events in the City of Roses through the popular Jazz on the Lawn, Downtown Sundown, and other creative initiatives.

Organiser Lesley Jennings explained that the Proudly South African Beer Festival exposes craft lovers to lesser known brands and breweries. “Beer festivals have become a huge thing in the country over the past few years but many of the new brewers have been left out even though they make absolutely great beer. #GigCulture is all about the underdog, so we support them,” she said.

Cocktail specialist of The Mixologists will create amazing drinks from the craft liquor on offer on the day.

There will be more than just beer on the menu, with options for cider and cocktail enthusiasts. Bloemfontein brewers, FiftyOne and KeGinger, will have stalls along with Ukhamba from Cape Town as well as Mamelodi and First 15 from Gauteng.
“There will also be craft liquor such as gin and other drinks to accommodate non-beer drinkers. The Mixologists, who specialise in cocktails will also be making cocktails out of the crafted alcohol,” said Jennings.

The day also promises to be a great and fun-filled occasion outdoors for the whole family as a kids’ zone will be set up on the premises. “Children under 12 will enter for free and there will be a jumping castle and other activities for them to partake in. There will be popcorn ‘on tap’ for all the children,” she added laughingly.

“The aim is also to create a safe environment for everyone to enjoy themselves. So you do not need to worry about getting a babysitter because it is children-friendly and the entertainment will be great too”.

The Proudly South African Beer Festival will take place on 24 Sepetmber 2019 from 12:00 to 20:00. Tickets cost R50 and can be bought from www.gigculture.co.za and at the entrance.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele
nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za