Komatipoort is the prawn capital of Mpumalanga and the only place in the province that hosts an annual Prawn Festival. Although it is better known for its wildlife attractions and easy access to the Kruger National Park, Komatipoort is in fact only 100kms from the sea at Lorenzo Marques, in neighbouring Mozambique.In past times, Komatipoort became a hotbed for smuggling, and the place to get your hands on enormous specimens of LM Prawns, which were smuggled in over the closed border between South Africa and Mozambique.
There is more to this Mpumalanga food Festival than expertly grilled seafood smothered in peri-peri sauce. The festival has grown to become a popular music event too, with many other activities and stalls, making it an interesting day trip from Dullstroom, located about 230 km away.
The occasion has a similar format to other Mpumalanga events, such as Innibos in Nelspruit, with a concert, markets and side-line activities taking place from 26 to 28 June at the Komatipoort Showgrounds.Uniquely, the organisers have been revealing the name of one performer a day on the event’s Facebook page since 2 March, to build up the hype, and it looks like an impressive array of stars will be making their way to this Mpumalanga event for 2015.
So far, the line-up includes, Ghapi, Cindy Alter, Blackie Swart, Gideon Hunter, Charlize Berg, Clint & Co, Beeskraal, and Straatligkinders.
This is the 28th anniversary of the Komatipoort Prawn Festival and it promises to be filled with good-humoured Lowveld family fun with food and craft stalls for mum, a fun fair for the kids and a beer tent for dad. Bullet, one of the cheetahs from Mohololo Wildlife rehabilitation centre will be making an appearance once again, and the mechanical bull is also back. What’s more, this year a climbing wall has been added to the challenging side shows as well.The festival aims to be the biggest and best yet, so take a drive out from your Dullstroom accommodation of choice and join in the festival fun!