All roads will lead to Kirkwood this weekend when the annual SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees takes place in the Eastern Cape town, ending on Sunday.
From Friday’s high-quality game auction to a wonderful line-up of entertainers and hundreds of stalls, there will be something for everybody over the three days.
The festival’s theme for this year is “Born to be Wild” and more than 30 of South Africa’s top musicians and local artists will provide festival-goers with an opportunity to forget any worries and to enjoy a weekend in the country.
“The SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees has a very special flavour,” says SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for families and friends to enjoy fellowship at the festival and to see the entrepreneurial passion and commitment of the stall-holders.”
There will be music to cater for all tastes. Fatman and Caroline Grace will set the scene on Friday and artists such as Blackie Swart, Jan Bloukaas, Michael Lindt and Tussen Sterre will entertain festival-goers on Saturday.
Sunday’s line-up includes favourites such as Laurika Rauch, Adam Tas and Koos Kombuis. A local group, Die Baaienaars, will also be on the Adventure Province stage on Sunday.
For the young and those who revel in a festive theme, Father Christmas and his elves will be making a special trip to the festival.
There will be a Santa’s Secret Winter Workshop for kids, Wild West pony rides, pedal go-karts and paintball fun as cartoon characters come alive for the children.
The game auction on Friday will cover a wide range of prize animals, including zebra from the Mountain Zebra National Park, and buffalo.
More than 350 stall-holders will cater for all tastes. And it’s not just about feeding the inner man or discovering what it’s like to eat a sheep’s head. There will be a large variety of lifestyle choices.
Incidentally, a sheep’s head is a traditional dish in countries such as Iceland, where one particular outlet sells 10 000 a year, and Morocco, where the preferred method is to steam the head.
In South Africa, the head is grilled over coals and festival-goers can join the skaapkop langtafel (sheephead long table) to taste this particular dish at the Wildsfees.
Gates will open at 9am and you can party late into the night.