Journalists, photographers, videographers and bloggers from established and reputable national, regional, or international newspapers, magazines, wire and news services, radio and television stations and networks, as well as blogs and websites, are invited to apply for media accreditation for this year’s festival, taking place from 4th-5th August 2023. A two-day feast of culinary exploits, connoisseur-led premium wine and whiskey showcases, fine music, colourful fashion and wholesome entertainment celebrating the sophistication and elegance of African-vintage style, creative design and African delicacies, the Standard BankFood & Lifestyle Festival is a major media event that attracts media practitioners and journalists from around the region.

PLEASE NOTE: All media applicants must fill out the Media Form below from the Kingdom of Eswatini’s Ministry of Information, Communications, and Technology before the festival can accredit them. Please email completed forms and attachments to for forwarding to the Ministry, as well as any queries.

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PICK N PAY Luju Cook-Off

Congratulations to Justina Bain and King Terry for making it to the finals of the Pick N Pay Luju Cook-Off! We look forward to seeing them go head-to-head live at 11am Saturday 1st October in the House On Fire Amphitheatre at the festival. Finalists were selected through a combination of an instore pre-cookoff activation and public voting process on social media.

At the Festival, celebrity food enthusiast Somizi Mhlongo will lead an Afro-Fusion cooking showcase using 100% PnP Luju Pantry ingredients. Drawing inspiration from the celebrity showcase, the finalists will be challenged to recreate the gourmet dish, adding their own African flair, in a bid to win the title of PnP Luju Cook-Off Master Chef. Over E20,000 worth of prizes to be won!


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Pick n Pay Cook-Off

Experience the heat as two finalists go head-to-head to win the coveted Pick n Pay Luju Cook-Off Master Chef title!
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Luju Long Table / Chef Eric Malinga

Feast at the Luju Long Table, a collaboration between chef Eric Malinga and Malandela’s Restaurant.
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Somizi (RSA)

Savour Somizi Mhlongo’s Afro-Fusion culinary demonstration up close.


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Media Accreditation is ONLY for journalists working the festival.
Accredited media personnel will receive free press passes for the festival but NOT for partners or guests.
ONLY accredited media will be able to attend media press conferences, request interviews with artists, or have access to the front and side of stage for photos and videos.
The designated Media Centre, equipped with power and wireless internet, is the festival hub for media information and interviews. Please make use of it. Note that limited bandwidth will be available.
Media passes DO NOT enable access to backstage areas or other secure areas. Media accreditation is NOT transferable.
Media accreditation does NOT include any travel or accommodation unless specifically pre-arranged with the Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival. Please ensure you book your own accommodation in good time as nearby lodgings fill up quickly. Accredited journalists may want to consider purchasing camping passes.
Be sure to follow us on social media: Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival on Facebook, @luju_festival on Instagram and @LujuFestival on Twitter.

Media Accreditation applications Open Soon