Essentials for a lekker Heritage Day

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One of South Africa’s most enjoyable public holidays is here! Level 1, a day free from work and your family around you – what more could you want?

2020 has been a tough year so we definitely should make this year’s Heritage Day and National Braai Day a happy occasion that we’ll remember for weeks to come. From preparing creative traditional dishes, dressing up, making a proudly South African playlist, doing the Jerusalema Dance challenge there are plenty of ideas you can use to celebrate.

To help you prepare for this celebration we’ve rounded up our top must-haves:

Nibbles: Whether you’re braaing or cooking, serve a small selection of starters and snacks. Stick to a small platter so that everyone has enough space for lunch.

The right spices and meat rub: Add national flavours to your meat and dishes. This is your time to experiment with chicken, seafood, red meat or vegetable dishes and take them to the next level.

Delicious variety of sides: It just isn’t Heritage Day without your grandmother’s famous potato salad, but there are plenty of other ideas for delicious sides too, check out traditional South African foods to celebrate Heritage Day.

The dop: A braai or get together in the crisp spring air lends itself to an equally crisp beer. But really, it’s up to you and your family what’s on the drink’s menu.

The more (at the table) the merrier: When inviting family over (since we’re still keeping the circle small and staying safe), the last thing you want is your guests feeling like they have no place to sit at the dining table. Invest in chairs for the outdoor area and some additional entertaining furniture.

Essential cooking appliances: If you’re cooking up a storm ensure you’ve got your kitchen ready – in terms of pots, blenders or fridge space. If you’re braaing ensure your gas braai and tools are clean and ready – tongs, apron or even a braai buddy space for storage of utensils and drinks.

It’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy the diversity that makes South Africa so special.