Food, family and fun are the special ingredients for the annual Community Chest Carnival, hosted at Maynardville Park, Wynberg. The four-day event, starting on Wednesday February 29 and running until Saturday March 3, is made possible by the efforts of some 9 000 volunteers who donate their time and skills to ensure that each year’s event is better than the preceding one.
This year visitors can look forward to paved walkways, larger public spaces and entrances, as well as more trees, making sure you aren’t exposed to the heat. Carnival connoisseurs will be pleased that the international food stalls will again be a central attraction. These enable visitors to sample authentic cuisine from around the world, including Holland, Italy, Austria and Mexico, with many of the ingredients being imported specially and prepared according to traditional recipes by the nationals of that country.
This year there is a particular focus on children and families, with face painting and balloon sculpting included amongst the many rides, shows, entertainment and attractions. Security is provided by over 150 SAPS officers as well as Metropolitan and Traffic Police and 100 contracted security guards.
The Community Chest Carnival is a highlight of the year for families to safely enjoy cuisine and culture from around the world, all for a good cause. The Carnival has provided an opportunity to enjoy a bouquet of food and fun while helping to raise much-needed funds for more than 400 welfare and social development organizations across the province.
It began as a theatrical garden party in 1954 and over the past six decades has evolved into a pageant of international food, local entertainment and family fun, which attracts more than 100 000 people over four days.This year there’ll be no fewer than 90 stalls, along with features to keep the little ones amused such as clowns, balloon sculpting, face painting and the jumping castle at Parmalat Kiddies Village.