GEORGE NEWS - Hoekwil Primary School hosted its popular annual heritage month Potjie Pot competition this past weekend. The event is fast becoming a highlight on local potjie lovers' calendars, as they gather to cook their best potjie or tuck into the tantalising stews after the judges have had their say.
This year the main prize went to Willian van der Poll, Phoenix Locke and Manie Bauer of Team Papas for Lambelicious, a traditional lamb potjie.
The judges thought it just pipped the other teams to the potjie post on flavour, colour and overall concept. The judging panel included Stefan Henning, head judge and owner of Zucchini restaurant at Timberlake, Austin Newing, co-owner of My Kwikspar Wilderness – the main event sponsor; and Anne Hadley, renowned local food critic and restaurant and food judge.
This year's event was also a tad different. For the first time it hosted Hoekwil Primary School's Global Food Market and Potjie Parade. To celebrate the diversity of cultures in the school during heritage month, the Global Food Market offered food from around the world, reflecting the different nationalities represented in the different grades in the school.
The food was made by moms, dads and grannies with global ties, ensuring authenticity. Visitors got to enjoy savoury and sweet treats from Brazil, Italy, Ireland, England, Thailand, Greece, Germany and Columbia.
The day was topped off with a colourful parade by the Hoekwil Primary and Pre-primary children, who wore the colours and traditional dress of the countries they represented.
The children walked 3km through the main centre of Hoekwil to much fanfare!
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