Umtamvuna Portuguese festival ‘is too short’

2011-08-02 00:00

THE Portuguese Mariners Food and Wine Festival in Umtamvuna was an astounding success with only one complaint — that is was too short, say the organisers.

Celebrating the presence of the Portuguese in South Africa on Saturday, the festival was enjoyed by all in attendance.

Organiser Gillian Habib said, “It was a great success and everyone had an immense amount of fun. We’ve only heard compliments and no complaints so that was wonderful.”

Habib also said that guests inquired “Why is it only one day?”

The festival was well supported by South Coast Tourism, who drove the event and secured great sponsors.

Chief Executive Officer for South Coast Tourism Michael Bertram said that this was the 10th year running and this year definitely hosted the best festival yet.

“It was a tremendous success and from our side we want to say thank you to all our sponsors who came on board and the Umtamvuna community for coming out and supporting the festival.”

Reiterating his sentiments was Andrew Ramos from the Portuguese forum who said that the festival is growing bigger each year.

“It was great because there was a fusion of cultures representing the diversity of our nation and it gave everyone an opportunity to try and connect with each other. It’s wonderful and important to know our roots and the values that come out of our cultures,” he said.

Festival-goers not only enjoyed the Portuguese cuisine on offer but also competed for great prizes. Mario Correia won the biggest prize in the Gold Rush treasure hunt — a ship cruise to the value of R15 000 from Harvey World Travel.

Sarah Margison the Manager at Harvey World Travel Shelly Beach said that the treasure hunt got everyone excited.

“If people were not digging they were watching and wondering what was going to happen next. It was very nicely done with the dig and the treasure chests which lent itself very well to the theme.

What was great also is that all 20 finalists in the treasure hunt won something when they opened their treasure chest.”

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