History of the Biltong Festival

Since its inception the Blue Crane Route Municipality has hosted this incredible event, celebrating Karoo food, especially Biltong, and the Karoo way of life. The Biltong Festival was initiated in 1991 by the Swaershoek Farmers' Union, and the local Chamber of Commerce. The mastermind behind the scheme was Bedford farmer Willem de Klerk.

These stakeholders formed a committee to co-ordinate the festival. Nature conservation groups, tourism, sponsors and officials from the Municipality assisted with the organisation.

The event takes place at the Somerset East showgrounds and has been fortunate in receiving generous support from sponsors which has enabled the event to be held.

Each and every festival has proved to be a great success, luring festival goers from far and wide with the promise of great music to suit all tastes, over 300 stalls and the opportunity to party long into the night. The stalls sell a variety of products but especially kudu in all its forms - Kudu burgers, Kudu wors and, of course, Kudu Biltong!

Blue Crane Route Tourism

The Blue Crane Route Tourism Information Office covers the towns of Somerset East, Cookhouse and Pearston and a wide area of surrounding country.

We are located in the Walter Battiss Art Museum, 45 Paulet Street (on the corner of Beaufort Street), Somerset East.

If you are in the area, come and visit us and see what we have to offer!

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