Flower festival beckons enthusiasts and tourists alike

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The Free State Madeira Flower Festival will not only showcase the best of the province’s floral offerings but will also be jam packed with exhibitions, forums, and a charity golf day. The two-day festival will once again take place in the picturesque town of Parys on 7 and 8 December 2018.

Bonolo Tlhodi, spokesperson of the Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority, promises that this year there will be a delightful explosion of everything floral. The festival will be bigger and more beautiful than ever before. “The festival is all set to charm visitors into wondering if they’ve suddenly woken up in a fairy-tale,” said Tlhodi.

There will be a 1 km floral procession through the town with Big 5 Route-inspired floral floats that were created with over 200 000 flowers from local flower farmers. About 500 performers adorned with even more flowers will also be in the procession.

Another aspect that will make this year’s festival unique will be the breath-taking flower carpets portraying two beloved icons Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. The carpets will be made by Madeiran flower artists in centenary celebration of their lives.

“As a creative endeavour in stimulating the local flower industry and raising its international profile, the festival’s two-day programme is packed with plenty of other activities like the flower trade forum, a charity golf day, and the lifestyle exhibition show,” explained Tlhodi. “For the love of flowers, the Free State Madeira Flower Festival is by far the best thing you can do for yourself this year,” she added.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele