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Thaba Bosiu hosts Lesotho Gin & Trout Festival

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THABA Bosiu Cultural Village will on 14 and 15 December 2019 host the inaugural Lesotho Gin &Trout Festival.

Organisers, say the festival will bring together food tourism, experiential tourism and business tourism.

“The event is a first of many festivals organised by GNT that intend to promote and highlight the treasures which Lesotho holds and present them to the world,” a statement from GNT said.

“We believe that tourism is one of the major drivers that can change the economic landscape in our country.

“We hold a focus on:

  • Food tourism which is the celebration of different dishes and the culture behind how they are cultivated, prepared and enjoyed
  • Experiential tourism which is the celebration of places and people and the experiences created when they combine. We have a beautiful country but we believe our greatest treasure is the beauty of our people. We believe the experience value tourists can get of interacting with Basotho in Lesotho is priceless
  • Business Tourism which showcases Lesotho as an ideal destination for sustainable foreign direct investment and development.

“By fusing the most playful and diverse spirit in the world, being gin, with our newly found delicacy that ranks among the best in the world, trout, we are creating a medium and environment that will foster, celebration, conversation and collaboration,” added the statement from GNT.

The organisers said the festival would be the first lifestyle event of its kind joining a plethora of other established events aimed at making Lesotho a destination of choice for tourists.

“The event will feature gin tasting hosted by some gin producers from across the continent, food stalls with trout as the star ingredient (but not the only one), arts and crafts, gin making and tasting clinics, grown-up game zone, live music, kiddies play area, camping and Tšomo’s by the campfire.

“The festival is running a tour which started on 1 October 2019 where we are visiting various locations around the country offering a taste of the Gin & Trout experience in stunning surroundings. We believe this will drive activity to the owners of these tourist establishments and promote local tourism much more,” the organisers said.

The Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) chief executive officer Mpaiphele Maqutu hailed the initiative calling it a unique and exciting concept.

“This is a unique and exciting concept that has the potential to improve Lesotho’s competitive edge as a tourism destination. LTDC therefore looks to pledge its full support for the first leg of the Lesotho Gin & Trout Festival,” Mr Maqutu said.

“Tickets are on sales via Lesothobookings.co.ls and for more information you can follow Lesotho Gin & Trout Festival on Facebook and Instagram,” the organisers added.

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