Beer, food festival lives up to billing

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THE inaugural Beer, Meat and Bands Festival which was held at Baduza Park in Maseru this week, lived up to its billing, attracting scores of revelers as well as corporate entities to sample sumptuous food dishes on offer as well as entertaining musical performances.

Local companies turned the venue into a veritable sea of colour with their branded gazebos and stretch tents which provided an escape from the blazing sun.

Each company was presented with a braai stand, a tray full of pork, beef and boerewors to prepare and eat together with cool refreshing beverages.

Maluti Mountain Brewery co-owners SAB Miller ensured there were no shortages of refreshments, serving some of their top brands that included Milk Stout, Castle Lite, Maluti, Hansa and Castle.

They also provided draught beer that came in different drums, allowing revelers to help themselves to their preferred brands in branded plastic cups.

The festival enabled patrons to mingle in a relaxed environment while company officials also got the opportunity to exchange business cards and ideas.

There was also a flea market for locally produced products while revelers also had the opportunity to engage in a paintball shooting game.

RnB and Jazz musician Majisto was the first to perform on stage with his four piece band and they had the audience eating out of their hands with memorable performances of original and internationally popular tracks.

The original songs included hits like Torofeye and Mantilatilane while international compositions included the ever-popular Let’s Get It On by the late American soul icon Marvin Gaye.

Songstress Leomile’s performance was typically soul food with harmonious sounds from her debut offering Pula Molomo which was released last month. Arguably the highlight of her performance was the song Lerato Le Felile which was nominated for this year’s forthcoming Ultimate Music Awards in the Song of the Year category.

The visiting acts were not to be outdone with eye catching performances of their own that justified bringing them all the way from the Gauteng Province in South Africa.

Theirs might have been completely different and unusual sounds but that did not stop the revelers dancing and clapping their hands in appreciation of the separate performances of Acoustic Duo from Johannesburg and Jukebox from Pretoria.

The end certainly came too soon for most patrons who stayed on for an after party at the nearby Ba.One Restaurant.

 

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