The Lusito Land Festival started as a project to aid differently abled individuals in the Portuguese community in the Johannesburg area. This year it marks its 36th annual event with the celebration having grown to include the various diverse cultures mixed with the Portuguese heritage found in the surrounding areas of Gauteng. With a new venue and the classic Portuguese entertainment, this is sure to be one for the books.
By Jana du Plessis
Visitors will be spoilt for choice with traditional Portuguese cuisine being served by top restaurants. Loaves of freshly baked bread, juicy meat and salty sardines will entice the palate. Servings of prawns, caldo verde (a kale soup) will further fill your tummy. And then there’s the Portugese sausage chorizo that every festivalgoer has to try, litres of beer and delicious farturas (a Portugese-style koeksister) to end the day on a sweet note.
Proceeds from the Lusito Land Festival will go towards the Lusito Association which strives to assist the Lusito school in helping disabled children receive the education they deserve and in turn build a strong community.
Where: Cayman Road, Alewynspoort, Johannesburg
When: 26 April–1 May 2017
Price: R120, adults and teens; R50, children 6-12 years and senior Citizens
Tickets: Tickets available from Computicket.