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International acid jazz acts and celebrity chefs will serve up good food and soulful sounds at the 2nd DStv International Food & Music Festival at Emmarentia Dam.

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FOODIES, gourmands and music lovers will be delighted to welcome the second DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens' Emmarentia Dam on Saturday, 31 May.

Offering international music acts, trendy pop-up restaurants, a bustling artisanal food market, and entertainment for the kids, the festival is a treat for all Joburgers, from families to groups of friends.

dstvfest1The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, presented in association with Castle Milk Stout, Whirlpool, Mitsubishi Motors and Kaya FM, will again lay on a lavish feast of entertainment and culinary fare, this time in the picturesque setting of Emmarentia Dam.

This chilled-out open-air festival kicked off with a bang as it attracted some 20 000 visitors to its inaugural event last October.

VWV Massive – producers of the opening ceremony at the 2010 FIFA World Cup – will again be producing and promoting the festival.

Big name music acts

Headlining international 80s artists include The Brand New Heavies, Brit-nominated Soul II Soul and acid jazz ensemble Incognito, adding a funked-up vibe to the day out.

Fantastic food fare

This year the pop-up restaurants hosted by BBC Lifestyle's Food Network will be joined by The MasterChef South African Kitchen in association with Woolworths, offering visitors signature dishes from celebrity chefs, while the food market features hand-made artisanal foods.

For the kids

DStv is hosting the children's play area, where the young ones can meet their favourite Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network characters. The Emmarentia Dam surrounds are also perfect for bike rides and other child-friendly activities.

Festival tickets

Festival tickets are available from Computicket: VIP tickets cost R850; early bird tickets, R350; general admissions, R450; kids under three enter for free; and tickets for children under 12 are R100.  The festival kicks off at 11am.

About Emmarentia Dam

dstvfest2Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Garden is managed by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo.

This flagship park is a glorious open space just six kilometres from the city's Central Business District; it's a must for residents wanting to picnic under the warm sun, for dog-lovers on a brisk walk, or for families to play outdoor games with their youngsters.

The combined area of the dam and its gardens is over 100 hectares, and offers a variety of activity areas.

In the northern section is a beautiful rose garden, indigenous herb section and an incredible collection of succulents.

The gardens also have a Shakespearean garden, fountains and terraced ponds – making it a firm favourite for photographs for special occasions. There is also a chapel garden catering for the many wedding groups that use the park as a formal venue.

Emmarentia dam and the gardens were once part of Braamfontein Farm, back in the 1850s.

After the South African War, in 1902, the land-owner Louw Geldenhuys contracted Boer veterans to build the dam, which he named after his wife, Emmarentia. The dam wall is constructed of stone blocks from the nearby Melville Koppies.

Now days, geese, dabchicks, moorhens and other water fowl share their home with canoeists and kayakers, a welcome quiet space in the bustling city of Johannesburg.