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SUGAR BUSH FESTIVAL 2003 (article first published : 2003-10-18)

The KwaZulu-Natal banana belt, better known for its tropical atmosphere and laid-back communities, is about to blossom to full potential. With the summer months on their way the locals on the South Coast prepare themselves for the massive influx of sun-seeking holiday makers from all over the country. Last year tourism on the South Coast was recorded at 2.2 billion.

On a farm, 62km South of Durban International plans are being laid to host the Sugar Bush Festival from December 18 to 21.

The Sugar Bush Festival is very much a Family Outdoor Experience and Music Festival, owned by three directors whose passion is outdoor eventing, each having extensive experience in this field. Their desire is to fill a gap in the South Coast area with a festival that will take place every year, providing much-needed entertainment in the form of family, fun outdoor activities and including a music programme with well-known artists.

The festival is aimed at anyone from 18 to 35. Families and students have been well catered for but activities and performances have been planned to appeal to people from all walks of life. The program is structured to entertain a number of interests at any one time.

Rotating from on and around the main stage and activity arena is a package of performances, competitions, displays and events. By night, audiences will be entertained by music ranging from boere musiek to well known local bands.

During the day there’s audience and participant entertainment from motor enthusiasts to the fans of light humour and slightly eccentric behaviour (human splat mat, silly olympics, stand-up comedy and fire eaters). Self-proclaimed experts can try their luck in the Potjie compo, the Mr Boep compo and the Strongman, Strongwoman compo. The program is well-angled towards youngsters.

Taking place from December 18 to 21 before the Christmas rush, Sugar Bush is within easy driving distance of both Durban and Margate, and is located only 62kms South of Durban International on the N2, on a farm in Ifafa called Tuckers Farm. It has a huge dam on the property for those who love fishing for bass.

Input is invited from crafters. For further information as well as constant updates, visit www.sugarbushfestival.co.za

More information from e-mail: info@sugarbushfestival.co.za or contact Ann on 082 578 9989.




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