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DATE:    03 July 2018

Come and revitalize your mind, body and soul this winter with the launch of the Mossel Bay Soul Festival from 13-15 July 2018. This 3-day food, wine, coffee, music, book and art festival will take place at the Old Power Station, Santos, with fun and entertainment for the whole family! Bring a blanket and camping chairs and enjoy the beautiful seaviews, free concerts, book discussions, food demonstrations, soul, warmth and so much more during the weekend festival. There will also be a beer tent, variety of food stalls available, for the coffee lovers a coffee exhibition and so much more! The full Soul Festival programme is available for you to plan a soulful weekend in Mossel Bay, as well as a map of the restaurant route, details on the park and ride service, festival and stage programme, accommodation and contact details. For all the details and latest news on the Mossel Bay Soul Festival, visit the websites www.soulfestival.co.za, www.mosselbay.gov.za and municipal festivals and events website www.diasfees.co.za or check Facebook for regular updates.

THE POT & CONCERT
Surely the greatest highlight of the Mossel Bay Soul Festival is the world`s largest three-legged ‘potjie’, a #760! We will attempt to set a new Guinness World record by cooking soulful soup to feed 6000 meals to the disadvantaged communities of Mossel Bay. While the pot is simmering, the Pot-aan-die Prut concert will be held to entertain festival goers, with music legends such as Anton Goosen and Gian Groen, as well as Die Wasgoedlyn, Mocca and various local talent to perform on stage.


FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
A full Soul Festival programme is available, as well as a map of the restaurant route. Here are some of the festival highlights: • World’s biggest potjiekos pot • Pot-aan-die-Prut Concert • 25 participating restaurants in and around Mossel Bay, from Gourits to Glentana • Loads of exclusive restaurant specials during the Soul Festival • A Thousand Sensations of craft beer, craft gin & wine at the festival Arena • Café Gannet festival of wine • Soulful tango ensemble at the Diaz Museum • Film festival at the Monroe Theatre at Deja Vu Vintage House • Park and ride festival service - promoting no drinking and driving, incl. the famous Diaz Express • Deli and lifestyle stalls at the Old Power Station • Meet and greet with Ina Paarman, Renette Vosloo and funny chef Lebogang Thlokana • Irene Fisher and Irma de Klerk will chat about their books and share the stage with local authors • Gourmet coffee hall, coffee exhibitions and pairing • Beer tent and live entertainment • Free entrance to main festival arena!

BOOKS TALKS
A variety of book discussions and food demonstrations will take place. Come and meet Irene Fischer and Irma de Klerk on 13 July when they host lively book discussions to start the festival. Fischer sustained a brain injury in a car accident in 2009 and was left disabled. She wrote a memoir called I am Still Here that chronicles her journey and road to recovery since the accident. Irene’s debut novel is also available in Afrikaans, EK is Nog Hier. Irma de Klerk and her husband, Sampie, are the inspiration for the movie Vir die Voëls that will be shown at the Monroe Theatre during the festival as part of the film festival showcasing our South African movie talent. Come and meet this extraordinary couple and hear the story that made it to the big screen.


FOOD DEMOS
Also join the food fundis Ina Paarman and Renette Vosloo (Ontbytsake chef and Die Rooi Tamatie Storie) for a food demonstration in the food pavilion at the main Soul Festival arena. Local chefs Dale Stevens, Michael Rhoda and Lyle Brinkhuis will join them for great food conversations and demonstrations. There will also be an array of local suppliers and deli products for sale, so make sure to bring a shopping basket and a great appetite!


WINE TASTING
A variety of local craft beer and gin, not to mention the exquisite local wines will be available for tasting and sale over the weekend. You can also spend some quality time in the company of brewmaster Ampie Kruger and the Thousand Sensations crew. COFFEE HEAVEN For the coffee lovers there will be a coffee exhibition on Saturday, 14 July at the Old Power Station where local coffee shops Coffee@work, The Blue Shed, Fearless Coffee, Stars Restaurant and Oom Boerpot ft Baruch's Coffee, will showcase their coffee making art and pairing skills, featuring handsfree latté art, while teaching members of the public how to indulge in latté art. Great prizes up for grabs.


FREE CONCERT
Mocca together with Die Wasgoelyn will be hosting The Pot-aan-die-Prut Concert on Friday, 13 July and Saturday, 14 July with great local talent, including Albert Meintjies, Coffee Snobs band, Stef Kruger, Robert Smallz, Karin and Clayton Cupido, Cornelle Carstens, Petronel Baard and her band Soetmelk, winners of the Mossel Bay’s Got Talent Showcase, as well as their team of judges that include the likes of Alicia van Wyk, Adrian London, Keenan Daniels and many more. To promote cultural diversity in Mossel Bay, there will also be performances with great talents such as Riku Lätti and Die Wasgoedlyn, Churchill Naude, Frasier Barry, Anton Goosen and Gian Groen.

COMMUTING
For the duration of the Soul Festival, the Diaz Express will provide free transport to festival goers commuting between Mossel Bay and Great Brak River, providing a hop-on, hop-off service. A fleet of minibuses will also run between Mossel Bay and Great Brak River to transport festival goers between the train stops and the 25 participating restaurants, which will each have special offers to celebrate food and wine with soul in and around Mossel Bay. There will be a park and ride as well as a “dial-a-driver” service to promote responsible drinking during the festival.


For the full festival programme, festival guide, participating restaurants and exclusive Soul Festival specials, entertainment on offer and more, visit the website www.soulfestival.co.za or the Soul Festival event Facebook page for all the latest updates!