Beautiful and abundant, that is Marula harvest month. The festival is currently underway and extends until the end of March. The harvest season attracts domestic, regional and international tourists to Limpopo.
The Limpopo province spends an entire year prepping for their annual Marula Festival to coincide with harvest season of February right through to the end of March. The partnership of several stakeholders like SEDA, Limpopo Tourism Agency, Limpopo Economic Development Agency, Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, Mopani District Municipality, Office of the Premier, National Department of Arts and Culture, Phalaborwa Tourism Association and Kruger National Park (Phalaborwa) sees the province use this period as an opportunity to celebrate the Marula Cultural Heritage, as well as identify activities that assist the province’s economic development.
The MEC for Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Seaparo Sekoati, launched the event at Thaba Moshate Hotel and Casino, also announcing the much anticipated line-up for the festival open air concerts that boasts names like Salif Keita of Mail, Kelly Price of the USA, Mi Casa, Bongo Maffin, Sho Madjozi, Busiswa, Nokwazi, Ab Crazy Sjava, Emtee, Mi Casa and much more. The popular Jazz and Gospel Concert will feature Worship House, Penny Penny and Amanda Black.
He said revellers should brace themselves a much-improved 2018 Limpopo Marula Festival with a remarkable and enticing programme.
The festival commenced on Monday, 27 January 2018, with The Festival of The First Fruit aimed at bringing the festivities to local communities.
The festival exhibition is created as a platform to showcase marula-derived products developed by locals and some of the co-ops that are powered by LEDET. The showcase is an effort to empower locals, especially women based in and around parts of the Limpopo province, where the marula fruit tree is prevalent.
A host of activities lined up by the organisers as part of Marula Month will include:
|Media launch||18 January|
|Festival of the First Fruit||27 Jan – 17 Feb|
|Limpopo Marula Festival Half-Marathon||24 Feb|
|Cuisine Ala Marula||1 March|
|Limpopo Marula Festival Tourism Career Expo||26 Feb / 2 Mar|
|Limpopo Marula Festival SMME’s Exhibition||26 Feb / 2 Mar|
|Limpopo Marula Festival Fun Fair Park||19 Feb / 4 Mar|
|Limpopo Marula Festival Golf Challenge||2-3 Mar|
|Limpopo Marula Festival Open Air Concert||24 Feb / 3 Mar|
|Grand showcase of the 2018 Carnival winners||31 Mar|
– Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET)