Last weekend I went to Littlegig and was totally blown away. I knew it would be amazing because I went last year, but I wasn’t expecting to have the absolute living best time of my life. There couldn’t be a festival concept that touches all aspects of my food-loving hedonist soul more. A place where creativity, food, music and people merge in one fun-filled 24 hour pocket of pure joy.
There is so much going on and it can be a little overwhelming. Anyone who encountered me last year would have noticed that I didn’t pace myself very well and dived in head first. This year I practiced a little restraint and tried to absorb and do more, but with 18 DJ’s, 35 musicians, so much art, fashion and delicious food and drinks it was challenging. My biggest regret was I missed Stelth Ulvang perform because I got too carried away in the food & wine pairing area. These festival organisers sure know how to do the sensory over load thing.
I couldn’t agree more with Georgia Black – the founder of Little Gig, who says, “The best thing about a festival should always be the people.” And this is what made this year’s event extra amazing for me. It’s the laughs and connections with people that will linger longest in our memories.
Littlegig is the world’s only 24-hour festival where everything is included. I mean really, everything. It’s an all–access to pass to premium alcohol brands served from a string of pop-up bars with no-queues. The event is deliberately kept small and boutique in nature so everyone can have the best time. Food is served from a variety of temporary and more permanent locations so you can graze at your hearts content. This year there was a Paired Food and Wine Tasting featuring 6 top female chefs and winemakers (Ash Heeger X Nadia Newton Johnson; Jenny Ward X Nadia Barnard; Vanie Padayachee X Jocelyn Wilson), and a 6-course Chef’s Table Dinner for 50 guests by Eat Out Top 10 chef Arno Janse van Rensburg (Janse & Co.)
I was thinking of listing my highlights but its impossible to single them out. Everything is a highlight. The best thing to do is roam around from one creatively curated space to another, indulging in whatever tickles your fancy as you go.
In terms of camping, there were 8 categories from glamping to camping and all were super well organized and conveniently located near to the event. An important aspect when you need to nip back to your tent for an outfit change. This year they introduced a self-camping section for the first time at no extra charge, you just needed to book this in advance. Littelgig is located in Stellenbosch only 40 minutes from Cape Town so its totally feasible to get a taxi to drive you to and from.
I got home on Sunday exhausted, filthy and extremely happy. The memories keep spinning around my brain along to the beats by Toby 2 Shoes. This is an event that I will never want to miss.
24 hours of connection, creativity and convenience.
DJ’s, chefs, winemakers, artists, designers, and performers.
Ticket price includes all food and drink, a free convenience store, personal styling and other treats and surprises.
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