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Boerewors, biltong and Zulu warrior for South African festival in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 14:31 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 04 July 2017

The South African Festival will feature a performance by a Zulu dancer. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving

The South African Festival will feature a performance by a Zulu dancer. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving

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Ever wanted to try biltong, boerewors and koeksisters? Well, now you can and you won’t need to travel to the southern most country in Africa to do so.

Biltong (dried meat) will be on sale at the South African Festival. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving Biltong (dried meat) will be on sale at the South African Festival. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving

These traditional South African delicacies will be on offer at a July 16 festival that celebrates everything about the African country.

All proceeds from the event taking place at the village hall in Hethersett will go towards the Norwich-based Loving by Giving charity.

African art on display at last year's festival. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving African art on display at last year's festival. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving

Loving by Giving head of marketing Madelie van Niekerk said this year’s festival promised to be bigger and better.

The festival was first held in 2009 and we had been thinking about moving away from the South African theme this year but decided against it because people like to try something different and that’s what we’ll be offering on the day.”

A food stall at last year's South African Festival. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving A food stall at last year's South African Festival. Picture: Courtesy Loving by Giving

She said traditional South African foodstuffs such as biltong (dried meat), boerewors (sausage), koeksisters (deep fried dough drenched in syrup) and melktert (milk tart) would be on sale while children would be kept entertained a with a range of activities.

“We’ll also have a Zulu dancer performing, face painting, bouncy castles and lots of interesting things to eat.”

Ms Van Niekerk said the aim of the festival was to raise funds for the charity which used the money for projects such as outreaches to Romania and Tanzania. Loving by Giving has also assisted the Trussel Trust in Norwich and is involved in a HMRC Prison project in the city.

The charity was started by two families living in the UK touched by poverty.

“Loving by Giving is located in Norwich and has been running for a number of years,” said Ms Van Niekerk. “It is based on Christian foundations and one of the projects we are involved in is packing backpacks with various items such as toothpaste, a razor, deodrant and note pads and pens which are given to prisoners on their release. It’s a small gesture to help them integrate back into society.”

She said the South African Festival attracted 400 people in 2015 and raised about £4,800. “Last year we had 480 people attend and raised £5,400. This is the second year we’ll be holding it at Hethersett and doors will open at 11.30am. We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout this time around.”

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