Langezihle Makhanya and Joe Martin. Photo: Geoff Brink)

Land Rover Durban Horse and Wine Festival

This year’s fifth annual Wild West themed Land Rover Durban Horse and Wine Festival will once again offer families an opportunity for a fun and exciting day out. The premium county fair, taking place at the showgrounds of the magnificent Durban Shongweni Club on Saturday 22 July (11am– late), features many action-packed and entertaining events, an activities and retail program, as well as a selection of high quality food and beverages.

Event organisers Tam Ward and Nicci Reilly of Blue Diamond Events said that “We have been hard at work ensuring that we have something to cater for all ages, and are extremely excited about what this years Land Rover Durban Horse and Wine Festival has to offer. The excellent facilities at the Durban Shongweni Club make it an ideal location for an event such as this, and cannot wait to see it all come together on the day!”

For the wild at heart, one of the highlights of the Festival is sure to be the Land Rover Durban Terrapod Experience. Here, participants will get to experience the full extent of a Land Rovers capabilities, thanks to the premium SUV’s the state of the art articulation, Traction Control and Terrain Response. The All New Discovery will be revealed to the Durban public on the day and will be available on the Terrapod.

Land Rover Durban will also be giving away 150 free blankets and 200 cowboy hats to the first 350 visitors (one per family).

Joe Martin and Ella the dog from SPCA Kloof (Photo: Geoff Brink)

Joe Martin and Ella the dog from SPCA Kloof (Photo: Geoff Brink)

A popular retail stand is sure to be that of the Big Green Egg, a high-end ceramic kamado-style charcoal grill which features state-of-the-art ceramics, a wide range of easily adjusted cooking temperatures, and a stainless steel cooking grid. All visitors to the stall will stand a chance to win a Big Green Egg on the day. Additionally, Land Rover Durban are offering a promotion where anyone who purchases a vehicle from the date of the festival until the end of August will qualify for an exclusive promotional gift of a Big Green Egg. (T&C’s apply).

The tent pegging and polo cross events will feature some of the regions finest equestrian talent, who will no doubt look to take full advantage of the Durban Shongweni Club’s amazing showgrounds. Other activities on offer include Fancy Dress for all ages, a Funda Nenja Township Dog Training Initiative, the Singing Cowboy, a SAPS Hijacking and Prevention Dog Unit Display, line dancing and a Barn Dance with a Country DJ.

For the young (or the young at heart), a Wild West themed SWAT LAZER TAG course will be a popular choice, as will the mechanical bull rides. There will be two children’s activity areas, one for children under 5 years old and another for those between the ages of 6 – 14 years.

Caro Farrell and Tayla-lee Swart (Photo: Geoff Brink)

Caro Farrell and Tayla-lee Swart (Photo: Geoff Brink)

The variety of food and beverage options is a highlight of the event, with wine tasting, a range of craft beers and quality food vendors, as well as a full craft market, sure to keep everyone satisfied.

“The philanthropic aspect of the Land Rover Durban Horse and Wine Festival is an aspect of the event that we are extremely proud of” said Sue-Anne Tolken of Land Rover Durban, with the local Mpophomeni area charity Funda Nenja to receive a donation at the event. Funda Nenja will also host a display at the show to raise the profile of the organisation and awareness of their cause. Founded in July 2009, it aims to provide uplifting psycho-social services for children by developing greater respect and compassion for all living things through the promotion of the bond between children and dogs, using the discipline of dog training.

Entrance is R50 for adults, with children under 16 free. For more information about the event, visit www.durban.landrover.co.za or www.bluediamondevents.co.za, call Tam (082 364 3090), Nicci (083 782 7205) or Sue-Anne (031 314 5555), or email info@bluediamondevents.co.za. To learn more about the Funda Nenja initiative, visit www.fundanenja.co.za.