It’s that time of the year again, spring has sprung and National Braai Day (otherwise known as Heritage Day) is nearly upon us. A day to celebrate with friends and family, gathered around a fire, doing what we South Africans do best – laughing, braaing and enjoying sumptuous braai-fare, whether it be delectable steaks and chops, chicken, sausage or fish; it’s all available from N1, quality suppliers of the best in Halaal certified meat and Halaal fish.
Now synonymous with Heritage Day, the National Braai Day initiative was begun nearly ten years ago by Jan Scannell who took on the moniker of Jan Braai. His concept truly gained momentum in 2008 when the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu lent his support to the idea, and the rest, as they say, is history. Building on the popularity of the movement, Scannell began National Braai Tours three years ago, and the group has just finished its third tour which ran from 10 – 17 September. Applications for the tour opened in January and were limited to only 40 teams – each team consisted of four people, and the price tag per team was R20,000 which included accommodation, drinks, meals and a variety of other freebies and gifts. The tour which comprised 50 vehicles, two kitchen trucks, one bar truck, one wood truck and one cool truck filled with meat; began in Cape Town and ended in Addo Elephant National Park, taking in a number of various heritage sites and culturally significant villages along the way. In addition to taking in all the beautiful sights and sounds, and of course braaing every day, the team also made a point of dropping off food parcels to a local charity every morning wherever they were along the route.
On Heritage Day, South Africans throughout our rainbow nation (a term also coined by our favourite, braai-loving ‘Arch’) are encouraged to observe and celebrate our diverse culture, beliefs and traditions. And while the day may focus on celebrating who we are, it’s also a good time to acknowledge our differences and to practise greater tolerance. So, on Saturday, while you light your fire, season your meat and prepare to braai, remember to honour not only your own culture, but those of your fellowman, because together, despite all our differences, we make up that rainbow nation. Happy Heritage Day from all at N1 – your favourite, braai-loving, South African meat wholesaler.