You don’t have to be South African to celebrate Heritage Day, as a fun cultural event in honour of the national holiday is open to all.
‘Braai’ is the name given to a marinated charcoal-grilled meat popular across the country, and you’re invited to bring along your own and cook it alongside hundreds of others at ‘Bring ‘n’ Braai’ stations in celebration of South African traditions. There’ll even be a Braai Master competition sponsored by Webber Grills, in which keen cooks will be challenged to recreate this popular snack. Entrants must marinate their meat using the sauces and spice of their choice at home, then bring it along to cook using the barbecue facilities provided.
No other food or drink will be allowed into the venue, but dishes including spitbraai, boerewors and mixed-grill plates, plus some sweeter treats, will be on sale, and of course everyone’s welcome to bring their own picnic blankets, camping chairs, parasols, balls and games.
Entertainment will include a performance by South African comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout, plus DJ sets from Just Lance, Richard Smith and DJ Don, who’ll be spinning their choice of South African hits. Kids are welcome to attend and will be catered for with a petting zoo, bouncy castle and arts and crafts activities; older youths and adults can test their prowess in the social touch rugby area.
There’ll also be a Braai Day afterparty, hosted by the people behind popular Dubai club night HOUSEofAFRIKA at Media City haunt The DEK on 8.
INFO: 3pm-10pm, Fri 19 Sep, Dhs100, includes one bottle of Savanna, access to barbecue facilities and use of plates, cutlery and sauces; buy one bottle of Savanna and get one free (offer limited to first 150 customers), under-12s admitted free; entry limited to 500 people only; follow the link http://on.fb.me/1vXWdlD to reserve your ticket. Spitbraai and salad plate Dhs45; boerewors and pap ‘n’ chakalaka sauce Dhs35; salad plate Dhs35; ice cream, candyfloss, popcorn Dhs10 each. Drinks: Savanna Dhs35 per bottle, Dhs150 per bucket of five; Klippies plus mixer Dhs35; Klippies bottle Dhs750; Amarula shot Dhs35; Springbokkie shot Dhs40; South African grape Dhs35 per glass, Dhs165 per bottle. Emirates Golf Club course, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai. Afterparty from 10pm, free, The DEK on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City. For Braai competition enquiries, email Vernon on firstname.lastname@example.org; for all other information email email@example.com