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‘Meatier’ Lobatse Meat festival

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‘Meatier’ Lobatse Meat festival
‘Meatier’ Lobatse Meat festival

The annual Lobatse International Meat Festival (LIMF) is once again upon us.

Now in its fifth year of existence, the event, which has brought life back to the ‘ghost’ town of Lobatse, is scheduled to take place on July 29.

This week, Voice Entertainment caught up with the brains behind the festival, Barolong Seboni, who happily noted that the event has ‘grown in leaps’ since it started.

According to Seboni, this year organisers have increased the variety of meat samples available for attendants to taste and enjoy.

As is the norm at the show, exhibitors will teach patrons on how the meat, in its different presentations, is made and crafted.

“The idea is to have a meaty experience as we have done over the past years. This year the variety of the meat has increased as the event also grows,” he said.

Seboni also highlighted that the pricing for exhibitors has been reduced from P1, 000 per stall to P500, explaining that it was the event’s way of catering for the small entrepreneurs.

Last year, the festival attracted negative media attention when one of its major sponsors, Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) seemingly pulled out at the last minute.

Casting light on the controversy, Seboni told Voice Entertainment, “They did not exactly ‘pull out’. They could not sponsor us that year because of budgetary constraints. But we thank them for the support they gave us over the past years, we have moved on.”

As in past years, the day will include a musical festival, starting in the late afternoon and continuing until well into the night.

The event will once again be held at Lobatse Recreational Town Park, with organisers hopeful of attracting an audience of up to 3, 000 patrons.

Tickets are priced at P200 for adults and P50 for children under 13.