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First ever Kota festival event to be hosted in Soweto

By Priscilla Malinga | 2017-09-12 17:01:51.0

The first ever Soweto Kota Festival is scheduled to take place at the newly renovate Soweto Theatre this upcoming weekend, in what the organisers promise to be a day filled with different kinds of Kota’s and amazing fun for both young and old.

Sidwell Tshingilane, the founder of the event came up with the concept when he attended a food event where there was no kota offered on the menu. When the guests were questioning the unavailability of the kota, he saw a gap and the concept evolved. “I am humbled by the exciting and the attention the festival is getting,” says Tshingilane. The first step to organising the event was for him to open a facebook page and in a month the page had over 20 000 followers.

Kota is known to be a quarter of bread filled with tantilising fillings including chips, atchaar, polony and Russian amongst others. The first of its kind which was sold by homes during the apartheid era, include a quarter of bread, mince, atchaar and mash potatoes. This kind is what the organisers call “the ancestor” of kotas. It evolved to polony, white liver, Vienna, special liver and Russians added up. Then there were those who put “maotwane” chicken feet to add a different flavour on the kota.

Besides the fact that it’s an affordable filling meal, selling kota is a sustainable business and has fed so many families in the locations. There are houses which have sold kotas for years and were able to change their lifestyles or renovate their houses and turn them into spaza shops, some with eating areas.

There will be over 30 vendors showcasing different kotas on a day and the best one will win a weekend getaway to an undisclosed location, a fridge and cooler boxes. Sasko one of the sponsors will be delivering unlimited quantities of bread on the day. Parmalat has also sponsored the kids area, which will have loads of entertainment for the kids.

Fikile Motaung the marketing manager says that due to popular demand, kota festival was meant to be an annual event but there are now plans to have another one in December. “We couldn’t cope with the demand of tickets,” said Motloung. “It was too overwhelming it’s like they were flying off the shelf,” added Tshingilane.

Tickets are still available only for Sunday as Saturday is already sold out. They can be purchased, at Web Ticket, Pick n’ Pay Hyper, Joburg and Soweto Theatres. Children cost R20, R50 for adults and R250 for ViP.

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