13 Jun 2023
What's on the menu for NAMPO Cape 2023?
Bredasdorp is getting ready for the annual NAMPO Cape Expo, which will be presented from 13-16 September 2023 by Grain SA and the Bredasdorp Park NPC on Bredasdorp Park. According to Henk Aggenbach, chairman of the Bredasdorp Park Board, 60 additional exhibition spaces have been added in the Voermol Hall, and visitors and exhibitors can also look forward to a new food- and coffee stall in the hall. The breed exhibitions, which were previously accommodated in the Voermol Hall, will this year be accommodated in a livestock tent, behind the Voermol and BKB Halls. There are also 10 new stands for outside exhibitors next to the Shell Hall.
In addition to the existing eateries and food stalls, there are also new food stalls being added, which means that visitors have even more choice of where to eat and quench their thirst.
2023 Merino Open
The Merino Open is presented by Region 9 of Merino SA on 14 and 15 September in the BKB Livestock Centre. It is open to all Merino stud, as well as herd breeders. According to DeWe Giliomee, one of the organizers, this will be an innovative, prestigious event with interesting prizes and opportunities for spectator participation.
A highlight of NAMPO Cape 2023 will be daily performances by the famous South African Lippizaners. These white stallions will mesmerize visitors with their breath-taking movements. Fusion Horsemanship will demonstrate training techniques for horses, the riders of Griffins Horse Archery will give mounted archery demonstrations, there will be a variety of horse breed exhibitions, and all the different breeds will participate in a daily procession. Members of the Overberg Pony Club will also once again, offer pony rides for youngsters.
Green Energy Revolution
The theme for NAMPO Cape 2023 is Green Energy Revolution and a variety of the latest technology in the green energy sector will be on display to give visitors the opportunity to weigh up the various options available.
Another new attraction at NAMPO Cape 2023 is a dedicated museum tent where 19 of the Western Cape museums will host exhibitions. Visitors will be able to see how things were done in days gone by, with various demonstrations such as bread baking etc.
Exceptional floral splendour
NAMPO Cape is known for its exceptional floral splendour, and Marjolijn Malan's impressive flower arrangements will certainly not disappoint. The theme for this year's flower spectacle is "Where two oceans meet in the octopus's garden" where Malan will be depicting the marine life theme through flowers. Visitors will again have the opportunity to vote for the arrangement of their choice. To add to the floral splendour, the Shell Hall will be filled with a feast of the Overberg's fynbos.
Agriculture for the future
The future of agriculture is very high on the agenda for NAMPO Cape 2023. The NAMPO Cape Schools Program launched in 2022 has grown into an opportunity for 300 learners from schools that offer agriculture as a subject. Here the learners can supplement what they learn in the classroom with practical experiences that support the curriculum.
The annual Overberg Regional Youth Show takes place on Saturday, September 16. Learners can compete in the following classes: Dairy cattle, beef cattle, meat sheep, wool sheep, Angora goat, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, horse, rabbit, pigeon, culinary art and dairy preparation. Boys and girls up to 17 years of age participate in three age groups: junior-junior (5 to 9 years), junior (10 to 13 years) and senior (14 to 17 years).
For the ladies
The women's program with Mynhardt Joubert, Willem Botha and Jak de Priester promises to be a feast of tempting food, beauty secrets and charming music. The NAMPO Cape walk-in beauty salon was a big hit in 2022 and will offer an opportunity where ladies can relax and enjoy the treatment of their choice while the men enjoy the latest agricultural technology.
See you there!
Entry tickets are available online from 1 July 2023 at www.ticketpros.co.za. Prices are R80 for adults and R40 for school-aged children. Pre-schoolers enter free of char. The expo runs from Wednesday, 13 to Friday, 15 September from 08:00 to 17:00 and Saturday, 16 September from 08:00 to 15:00. Visitors can contact the Cape Agulhas Tourism Office for accommodation on 028 424 2584 / 082 896 2225 or www.overberg-info.co.za
For more information about NAMPO Cape 2023, visit nampo.co.za or expo.org.za