Kome Caves Beer fes­ti­val re­turns

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE much-awaited an­nual Kome Caves Beer and Glamp­ing Fes­ti­val will be the high­light of this week­end’s ac­tiv­i­ties, with the fete run­ning for three days start­ing to­mor­row.

The whole coun­try and neigh­bour­ing towns in South Africa are al­ready abuzz as the fes­ti­val gets nearer, with all roads set to lead to the Kome Caves to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

Since its in­au­gu­ra­tion last year, the fes­ti­val has at­tracted brew­ers, beer afi­ciona­dos, rev­el­ers and adren­a­line junkies from around the world.

Although the ti­tle sug­gests it is merely a beer fes­ti­val, it has since proved oth­er­wise since it also caters for those with an out­go­ing and ad­ven­tur­ous streak.

There is also fun galore for tee­to­tallers with many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties lined up, in­clud­ing horse-rid­ing, quad-bik­ing, ex­treme paint­ball, archery tar­get shoot­ing, and cave tours among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, rev­ellers can ex­pect a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence each year with na­ture “served on a sil­ver plat­ter”— as the “glamp­ing” (glam­orous camp­ing) credo goes.

The fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by a lo­cal events’ company Tan­ger­ine Inc. in con­junc­tion with Ma­luti Pre­mium Lager.

Over 40 craft mak­ers and macro brew­ers from across Africa will showcase their wares, most of which are not served in the lo­cal mar­ket.

Tan­ger­ine Inc. was ap­pointed by the Le­sotho Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to man­age and ad­min­is­ter the Kome Caves Arts and Crafts Cen­tre, the Kome De­vel­op­ment Trust and pro­mote the caves as a tourist at­trac­tion.

The Kome Caves are a Na­tional Her­itage Site with a rich his­tory dat­ing back to 1800’s. The Kome Cave Vil­lage, as it is oth­er­wise known, is lit­er­ally built un­der a rock. It served as a fortress for its first set­tlers who fled the li­faqane wars that dev­as­tated much of the south­ern African re­gion in the early 19th Cen­tury.

It was also a hid­ing place for its in­hab­i­tants from can­ni­bals. The de­scen­dants of the very set­tlers of the Caves can be found there to­day.

Mem­bers of the Mozam­biqueSouth African band, 340ml, Rui Soeiro and Ti­ago Cor­reia-paulo, will once again en­ter­tain guests along with Amer­i­can House trio Tor­tured Soul, DJ In­viz­able, Mskelle, Kolu Jazz Band, Dub Cousins, Marimba Band, Gran’mah. D2amajoe, Bhu­daza are billed to per­form at the Fes­ti­val, amongst many other lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists.

A Mem­ber of Mozam­bique-south African band 340ml per­form­ing at last year’s Kome Caves Beer Fes­ti­val.

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