There is just over a month to go until the 8th annual Sedgefield Slow Festival, which is scheduled to take place this year over the weekend of 14-16 April 2017. This annual festival has become a much-anticipated event on the Garden Route calendar and each year it manages to capture the incredible spirit of the Sedgefield's close knit and vibrant community. Celebrating family values, natural pursuits and the outdoor way of life for which Sedgefield has become known, the festival incorporates many of the guiding principles behind Sedgefield's Citaslow movement. It also serves as an important fund-raiser, with part of the proceeds generated from each event directed towards important local charities.
Along with the now firm festival favourites such as the Goukamma Traverse, Anything that Floats, Way of the Cross, Dog Walk & Talk and Easter Street Parade, the festival organisers have added several new events to this year's calendar, including the Garden Route Fat Bike Challenge, which takes place on Friday14th April.
This 30km biking trail has been designed to showcase the incredible natural assets of the Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area. Targeting primarily Fat Bikes, (although those with regular mountain bikes are welcome to enter if they are up for the challenge) the route starts at the Sedgefield Village Green and sets out eastwards to a gravel road adjacent to the Groenvlei Lake, before entering the reserve. Once inside the reserve, the route follows both sandy jeep tracks and some single track sections across vegetated coastal sand dunes before an exhilarating descent to the shoreline. The route then takes riders westwards for 9km along the iconic Goukamma Beach, which is characterised by fossilized dunes and intertidal rocks pools. Participants will eventually exit the beach at the Pili Pili Beach Restaurant and make their way back to the starting point at the Village Green.
Briefing: 08h50 / Start Time : 09h00 / Cost : R200.00/person
Registration : Pre entries by email and from 07h45-08h45 on race day
Bikes: Fat Bike. Mountain bikes can enter, but tire pressure has to be low to minimise damage to the dunes. Fat Bikes will possibly be available for hire.
Another exciting new addition to the festival is the Mitchell's Easter Music Experience, which will take place on the Village Green on Friday 14th April. A host of bands as well as a DJ have been lined up to play, so be sure not to miss this festive event. (Details of who will be performing to be announced soon.)
Another new event on the cards and designed especially for the kiddies, will take place at the new Octopus Garden “Under the Sea” at the Scarab Market. Organised by our local NPO Masithandane, the event will include prizes for best Sea Creature fancy dress costume, balloons, face painting, Easter eggs and other fun activities.
Be sure to clear your calendars and be part of this awesome weekend!
For more information visit: www.slowfestival.co.za