Avo Fest 2018 | iinfo TZANEEN

The First Annual Tzaneen Avofest
The first annual Tzaneen Avofest took place 21-23 June in Tzaneen, Limpopo, South-Africa with Maluma and Allesbeste as the main sponsor.  The event had something for everyone.
Right from the get go visitors were treated to everything Avo – at the gate visitors walked into an Avo nursery where they could learn from experts what goes on in an Avo nursery.  From there visitors could taste Avo milkshake made with Maluma Avo’s.  This was followed by a host of Avo related agricultural exhibits including TimacAgro, Afrupro, Westfalia, Forever Solar, Agricolleges International, Noordchem, Kaap Agri, MartinDale Seedlings, Pest Control, etc.  Various vehicle manufacturers also exhibited, with the new Amarok V6, Toyota Dakar Edition and Mercedes X-class leading the pack. 
Renowned chef Gerhard Koekemoer tantalized the taste buds of visitors with food tastings at regular intervals throughout the festival creating amazing Avo dishes including Avo-choc mouse, Avo-Blueberry Bread and many others.  Chef Koekemoer also paired up with Clemengold Gin on the Thursday evening to host a dialogue between Avo and Gin where guests could taste a starter, main and dessert celebrating the Avo and paired with Clemengold Gin and unique Clemengold Tonic flavors.
The halls of the Tzaneen Showgrounds were filled with Belly Blessings - for parents and grandparents of new babies and babies to be, artists wiith paintings and pottery around an avo theme and many other amazing exhibits.
Eating and drinking and enjoying life together was part and parcel of the festival with amongst others SAB, craft beer from Zwakala, craft gin by Clemengold Gin and Blueberry Gin, an Avo Restaurant by Allesbeste, an Avo teagarden serving Avo cheesecake and other unique dishes and many other food stalls.  Visitors feasted while Gert Bos provided the music and there were even pre-school drum majorettes and country dancers to wow the crowds.
On the Saturday a blanket drive was held, and local bikers gained free entrance with blankets going to Noah’s Ark, a local home for orphaned children. 
Although only in its infancy the Tzaneen AvoFest has all the makings to become the world’s Avo showcase and meeting point of the international Avo industry.  Next year the festival will be even bigger and better if one is to go by the feedback from festival goers, the organizers and various role players in the Avo industry who visited to scope out the festival and confirm their involvement in 2019. 

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