Theres just so much to do in Joburg this Freedom Day long weekend. What with all the crazy going on, we need to get together and embrace our cultural differences. Lucky for us Gautengers, it’s time for the Intercontinental Village Day at Turffontein Racecourse this Saturday, 25 April.
It’s more than a day at the races, the focus being on a festive multicultural experience that spans across the globe. On the cards are traditional food and entertainment from several continents – sounds like my kind of event.
A multicultural experience
Visitors will experience authentic African cultures without leaving Jozi. The programme includes everything from authentic Zulu dancing to Rwandan traditional dancing all the way to Yacouba dance from the Ivory Coast. Get a crash course in any culture you choose and embrace our diversity. We are all African.
We are also citizens of the globe. The Intercontinental Village Day features up to 10 traditional experiences that include culturally rich entertainment. Each country that will be represented will be showing off their cuisine, colourful crafts, costumes and live entertainment – Dragon Dance from China, Lebanese belly dancers and even the festive and fun Scottish traditional folk dance, all celebrating the spirit of multiculturalism.
Travel with your tastebuds
One needn’t go far to be transported across the world in a feast for the taste-buds. Besides all the fun, there will heaps of food, celebrating multiple cultures, sold at trackside stalls throughout the day. Think meaty Portuguese espetadas and pregos or Scotch eggs. Like it hot? Spice it up with delish chicken satay, prawn tempura, curry & rice or kaleepap from India or sink your sweet tooth into French macarons, tartlets and cinnamon buns. Nom.
Back in the ’90s, racing wasn’t really family oriented, so we never really got to go to the tracks. We’d just hear stories of it from my uncle, who had a part time job at the racecourse, or my parents who had dressed up to go to the races and have a good time in the hospitality suites.
I grew up near Greyville racecourse in Durban, so the July Handicap was big in my family. Even us kids got involved. Once a year, my grandad would ask us to pick our favourite number on race day, and he would place a R5 bet on the main race, for each of us grandchildren. It was fun watching the main race on tv, and even more fun if we won. I remember winning R30, it was huge!
Nowadays, with Intercontinental Village Day at Turffontein, there’s lots to keep the kids entertained – trackside stalls and music, a mechanical bull, slides, a rock wall and a jumping castle.
Food, fashion and racing
I like going to the races to watch the people and the fashion, but that’s just me. There’s also a lot of prize money involved. Racegoers will enjoy the finest SA racing has to offer with top-notch Grade 1 races and total prize money of more than R8 million! The programme includes Ferrari who are having a display with 40 Ferraris on show – horse power of a different kind at Champions Day.
I really am trying to put off winter coming as long as possible, but it’s almost too late for that 🙁 Intercontinental Village Day at Turffontein Racecourse is a pretty good option to beat the winter chill creeping in. It offers a different experience of multiculturalism in food, fashion and premium racing.
Gates open at 11am, admission and parking is FREE. For more information about the day call 011 681 1702 and visit www.itsarush.co.za.