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Dullstroom Winter Festival a warm affair


It was once again time for the annual Winter Festival in Dullstroom recently and, as usual, it was a great success. On a crisp, clear Saturday, THG took the opportunity, along with absolutely hordes of like-minded festival-goers from far and wide, to sample some of the many attractions at the popular festival.

With the principal sponsor of this year’s event being Sedgewick’s Old Brown Sherry, it was no surprise that, on entering the live music and entertainment area on the village green, just above Epilepsy S.A., that we were warmly greeted by a bevvy of smiling young ladies offering (free!) shots of Obies to drive away any winter chills. Of course, the day just got better and better from that point on. After a visit to the Anvil Ale House hospitality tent where we sampled a selection of the local beers, we joined a large audience chilling and relaxing to the laid-back live sounds of “Naming James” – just one of the variety of live acts to appear on the Sedgewick’s stage this year.

Moving on to sample some of the many other shops, restaurants and live promotions up and down Dullstroom’s “main drag”, the journey was made much easier by joining a throng of visitors taking advantage of the complimentary ride in the tractor-drawn “Walkerson’s Wagon”. It doesn’t get much better than sitting back and letting somebody else do the driving for a change whilst enjoying a couple of local butcher “DJ Wors’” famous boerie rolls. Aahhhh… Next stop was the well known Dullstroom Inn – home of the country’s longest burning fire and trademark warm hospitality. No sooner had we arrived when a growing rumble of sound was heard outside. Joining a crowd of similarly inquisitive patrons, we stepped outside to witness the slow (and noisy!) arrival of more than 50 Harleys as the members of the Zambezi chapter of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) arrived for lunch. All the way from Pretoria, they were there to raise funds for local charities (they handed over an impressive nearly R10 000), get out for a good long ride, be part of the vibe and, of course, for a jol! Well done guys, we look forward to seeing you back in Dullies again on 14-16 September for Harley Stroom.

Once again the event was well organised and went off without a hitch. And there to ensure that things stayed that way were Janus and Edward - the vigilant guys from ACS Security. The festival was exceptionally well patronised by both locals as well as many up-country visitors who all had a great time. THG is already looking forward to next year’s gig!   

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