Shisanyama Festival Sets the Stage for Heritage Month


Africa’s Oktober Fest in uMlazi

South Africa’s biggest, badest, and madest shisanyama festival hits Durban shores once again.

On Saturday September 2, from 12noon until late, Eyadini Lounge in uMlazi will be the hottest spot in Durban as it plays host to a crowd of over 5,000 shisanyama fans ready to EAT, PARTY, REPEAT.

Dubbed Afrika’s Oktober Fest, the Shisanyama Festival proudly sponsored by Durban Tourism, is a celebration of the best of South African culture – good food, music, and fashion. In a culmination of all things tasty, KZN’s best open-flame chefs will cook side-by-side to determine who makes the best shisanyama. Fans can expect spiced brisket, t-bone and chicken wings to go along with chakalaka, pap and ujeqe. And to wash it down – local beer and champagne.

Right above all the action, a first of its for a Durban township- a sky-dining table experience will hoist 22 fans into the air, all snacking on a selection of scrumptious food from the festival below, as the table host highlights the heritage sites on the uMlazi skyline.

“No more importing of event ideas. Our long-term goal is to be South Africa’s cultural must-see event. The Brazlians have their Rio Carnival, the Spanish have their tomato throwing festival, we have our Shisanyama Festival.” said Michelle Lewis, event organizer.

To help you digest the delicious dishes, you’ll be able to dance to some of the hottest names in music right now.

“What’s shisanyama without great music. We’re looking forward to celebrating our culture,” said TJ Zama, owner of Eyadini Lounge and partner in the Shisanyama Festival.

A communal dining experience brings the Festival-goers together at the heart of the event and, alongside it, a fashion and accessories market will host top local talent.

Tickets via Computicket