Fun for everyone at the first National Rooibos Day
The Rooibos plant is one of South Africa’s most prized indigenous plant species and on Monday, 16 January 2017, the first National Rooibos Day will be hosted to celebrate South Africa’s Rooibos treasure. The event will be held in Clanwilliam, the Rooibos capital of the world. The festivities are to take place at the Augsburg Landbou Gimnasium on Jan Mostert Park, from 18:00 to 22:00. The gates will be open from 17:00. National Rooibos day will be opened by MP James Vos, shadow minister of tourism. Admission is free of charge, but hurry! If you are one of the first 500 visitors, you will receive a coupon which you can trade for a product, drink or a gift at any of the participating stalls.
If you’ve always wanted to be a part of something big, listen up! National Rooibos Day wishes to soar to new heights by setting the record for the most people drinking Rooibos tea together in one place. Rooibos tea lovers can look forward to stalls with products by Rooibos Limited, Khoisan Tea, Kings, Carmien Tea, Ou Huis and Biedouw Valley Rooibos.
“We hope to set a record on the 16th of January, but most importantly we want to celebrate the wealth of Rooibos that our country can call her own” says Marietjie Smit, one of the organisers of the event.
It is quite possible to drink tea all day long. However, for those who seek refreshment elsewhere, the craft beer brewery Stellenbrau will present their Rooibos-infused beer. It doesn’t stop with beer! Audacia will be ready to entice you with their Rooibos Wine, whilst Klawer Wines will no doubtedly crown it all with their African Ruby Vermouth. There will also be Rooibos slush puppies and Rooibos ice tea with a “kick” for those who are feeling mischievous.
This is a day of celebration, and celebration requires good food. Don’t miss out on the old favourites that will be available on the day. This includes roosterkoeke and boerewors, smoked snoek, chicken salad (for the health conscious), curry and rice with Rooibos-stewed fruits and last but not least, a delectable Rooibos steak burger. Remember to leave some space for a sweet treat afterwards. You can choose anything from Rooibos ice-cream, rusks, cookies, fudge and wait for it… filled pancakes.
“Visitors can expect an exciting variety of merchants, products and exhibits. The only prerequisite? Everything must be related to Rooibos!”, says Sanet Stander, co-owner of Rooibos Tea House and co-founder of the Rooibos Route. Thus, you can expect to be treated with all things Rooibos on the day of the event.
There will also be interesting displays by Kaap Agri: Graafwater on tea-planting machinery and tractors, while AFGRI Equipment will be showcasing John Deere farm implements and tractors. For those intrigued by the beauty enhancing factors of Rooibos, Annique will showcase their range of Rooibos-based beauty products. On a day like this, where people come together, it is important to be grateful and also aware of the struggles some people face. For this reason, CANSA will broadcast their message to create awareness on the day.
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