Revellers at the previous wine festival

By Thembelani Moyo

The Soweto Wine and Lifestyle’s 12thfestival is on the cards and expected to take place in Soweto in March.

In a statement, the Soweto Wine and Lifestyle said the festival will be hosted for three days at the Soweto Theatre. Previously the venue was the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown.

“The 12th edition of Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival is happening from 3-5 March 2017 at its new venue, the Soweto Theatre,” the statement read. “The Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival is set to showcase the best, and emerging, South African wines, foods, travel, music, artisanal merchandise, and more,” it added.

The festival is considered as South Africa’s best commemorations that is recognised internationally and helped to shape the country’s wine industry.

“The festival is well-known around the world as having transformed the South African wine industry, removing old customs, and developing a large discerning, well-educated, wine-drinking culture over the past decade,” Soweto Wine and Lifestyle said in a statement.

According to the Soweto Wine and Lifestyle festival fact sheet the event is expected to hog limelight and attract a lot of revellers.

“Hosted over three days the festival attracts over 8 500 patrons annually with the numbers growing steadily,” the fact sheet elaborated.

Soweto Wine and Lifestyle added that the festival will also offer education to the market on “wine tasting and etiquette, while increasing knowledge on subjects such as wine pairing.”

“This event is the hub for the country’s finest innovators, bringing together winemakers, artisans, chefs, designers, crafters and entrepreneurs in a threeday cultural experience, unique to Soweto. A collaborative space offering patrons the experience of some of the country’s most admired brands alongside the creative designs of emerging local entrepreneurs,” the fact sheet read.

The festival is the brainchild of Mnikelo Mangciphu, owner of the Morara Wine and Spirit Emporium, and Cape Wine Master, Marilyn Cooper, former CEO of the Cape Wine Academy.

The festival was originally designed to bring Cape wines into Johannesburg’s largest township, Soweto.