The Big Braai - party South African style - 21/04/2011
South Africans in New Zealand are holding the biggest party of their year on Saturday, April 23 at Cooks Gardens when The Big Braai kicks off and they want to share it with the Wanganui community.
“This is the second time The Big Braai has been hosted here,” says Mayor Annette Main. “The event brings together both South Africans who have made their home in New Zealand and Kiwis – and is focused around fun activities, food including the South African braai or barbecue and the best in music from both countries.
“We have people from all over the world who have chosen to live and work here, and this is a great way for the South Africans amongst us to share this aspect of their culture with Wanganui.
“We know there are also lots of people attending the event from out of town, in particular from Auckland and the Waikato. They will get to spend time in our district and not only enjoy The Big Braai but see some of the other great things we have to offer over the Easter weekend.
“The event runs from 2.00pm and there are activities for the whole family all afternoon. There’s music from Kurt Darren, a South African superstar in his only appearance in New Zealand, and New Zealand band Opshop starting early evening. If people already have plans during the day, there’s a special evening ticket at $40 for adults available from 7.00pm on the gate.
“It’s a great way for Wanganui people to enjoy Opshop at a price lower than it would be anywhere else. The Big Braai is great for Wanganui and I hope people are able to make the most of it.”
Tickets for the Big Braai are available by visiting www.wanganui.com and clicking on the Big Braai link or gate sales on the day. The evening ticket is available from 7.00pm, gate sales only.
As an event which has the potential to grow, The Big Braai has received funding from the Council’s Impact Fund. This fund supports events which bring economic benefit to the Wanganui district.