All systems go for first ever Umtamvuna Sardine Festival



Known mainly as a picturesque wedding and film destination, the Umtamvuna area at Port Edward on the KZN South Coast, is also fast becoming a lifestyle tourism destination, with abundant quality experiences all round.

Aimed at introducing these experiences to visitors, the first ever Umtamvuna Sardine Festival will be held on 6-8 July 2018 at the festival grounds of easily accessible lifestyle centre, Mattison Square, just off the scenic R61.

Celebrate the best the Umtamvuna area has to offer with this inaugural community and family-inspired festival, which is set to become an annual calendar highlight. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of local activities and entertainment, from food & craft stalls, live music, nature reserve running, walking and MTB trails, Zulu and Portuguese dancers, kiddies games, a treasure hunt and much more.

For the active, do a running or mountain biking trail or check out the boot camp displays at the festival.

For foodies, don’t miss the Umtamvuna Sardine Food & Wine Fest at MacBanana lifestyle centre. Festival arena food stalls at Mattison Square will sell biltong, lamb on the spit, popcorn, Mexican, Portuguese and Indian food, English fish and chips, Jaffel and chips, schwarmas, burgers and bacon and egg rolls. For those with a sweet tooth, treats include candyfloss and slush puppy.

Festival entertainment will be provided by DJ and MC, Riaan Brits and Eddie George, fire dancers, live music performers, Mount Nebo Zulu dancers, Portuguese dancers and a singer. For R150, festival goers can also see The Gentry and enjoy a buffet lamb on the spit.

Shoppers can pick up unique arts and crafts at stalls and Mattison Square businesses will be running great specials during the festival. There will also be lots of prizes to be won, including a Miss Umtamvuna Pageant and a Treasure Hunt. Confirmed stalls include jewellery, stainless steel and wrought iron décor, clothing and handbags, flowers, tools, complementary medicine and dream catchers.

A fundraiser for the SPCA and an auction for the Portuguese Monument will be part of this year’s festival. There will also be a Mariners Mass on the Sunday.

If you’ve ever wondered about the story of the famous Portuguese shipwreck, the Sao Joao, Cllr Dave Watson will be sharing it with festival goers as part of the programme.

Umtamvuna Sardine Festival 2018 Programme:

All day every day
Beer Tent
Helicopter rides
Treasure Hunt
Food and Craft Stalls
Kidz Zone
SPCA Fund Raiser and Raffle
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Raffle
Friday 6 July
7pm to 10pm – Justin Swart
Fire Dancing
Saturday 7 July
10h00 to 11h00 – Miss Umtamvuna Pageant registration
10:30 – 11:00 – Bagpipes
11am to 12pm – Mt Nebo Zulu Dancers
12pm to 1:30pm – Miss Umtamvuna Pageant
1:30pm to 2:30pm – Mt Nebo Zulu Dancers
2:30pm to 3pm – Portuguese Dancers
3pm – 3:30pm – Bagpipes
3:30pm to 6:30pm – DJ – Justin Swart
6:30pm to 7pm – Auction Fundraiser (Portuguese Monument)
7pm to 9:30pm – The Gentry / Radioshow (Tickets @R150 pp for show and Buffet Supper) with lucky ticket draw!
Sunday 8 July
10h00 to 11h00 – Mariners Mass
11h00 to 12h00 – Portuguese Dancers
12h00 to 12h30 – Dave Watson – Story of the Sao Joao
13h00 to 13h30 – Treasure Hunt Prize Giving
1h30 to 15h00 – Thomas Green plays us out.

More information

Festival organisers – Sarah Levine on 083 503 5056 or Mark Levine on 082 938 1025 or email them on

Kay Robertson, GM: Marketing & Events, Ugu South Coast Tourism +27 39 682 7944 or


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  1. Olliver Ransome on

    Hopefully the sardines will grace us with their presence – alas, this seems to be occurring less and less frequently.

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