Immerse yourself in all things Portuguese in Port Edward this weekend – programme

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There is tons of fun to be had at the Portuguese Mariners Food and Wine Family Festival, which will take place at the Estuary Hotel in Port Edward on Saturday and Sunday.

Experience mouth-watering authentic Portuguese cuisine, sip on Portuguese wine while enjoying the talents of traditional Portuguese and Zulu Dancers and join in on the NSRI’s thrilling Treasure Hunt, with prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had by the whole family.

Enjoy some R&R’s while you bask in the gorgeous view from the Estuary Hotel, or take advantage of the wine and gin bars.

Come hungry and partake in Dee’s epic Oyster Experience or chow down on a Prego while watching some traditional Portuguese dancing.

The joll is on with Saturday night’s Shipwreck party with Winston Smile.

Entry to the Festival is FREE. Parking is R20, the proceeds of which go to Port Edward Primary, and hop on the shuttle from your car to the venue.

The South Coast celebrates a rich history of Portuguese heritage, dating back to the fifteen hundreds. There are countless riveting stories of Portuguese pirates, smugglers and merchants who visited South Coast shores over the centuries to replenish their stores and trade spices and jewels.

One in particular has stayed with the community; the legendary shipwreck called the Sao Joao sits just off the coast of Port Edward and tells a compelling tale of the dangers faced by sailors of the past.

The 16th Century Portuguese Galleon ran aground off of the Port Edward coastline in 1552. The vessel was rumored to be carrying a cargo “worth a million in gold”. It was the first cargo ship to wreck on the South African Coast line.

Every second weekend of July marks the commemoration of the Sao Joao and the lives lost in this calamitous moment in South Coast’ history.

Follow the shipwreck from the Cape of Good Hope up to Mozambique with Dave Watson, the illustrious story teller.

This year, the Ramoson Trust is proud to unveil the upgraded Portuguese monument in Port Edward on Sunday where all are welcome to join in at the Opening Ceremony.

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