The Texas Potjie Festival – An Annual Cultural Celebration

Only 329 days 12 hours 41 minutes 54 seconds until Potjie 2016!

Every Labor Day weekend there is a big stirring amongst South Africans in Texas… well… to be honest, it’s much wider than Texas… it’s all over the United States, and in some cases even around the world! Why?

It’s the annual Texas Potjie Festival!

(Our sincere thanks to Susan Smit for producing this video.)

Preparations for this annual “potjiekos” festival begin weeks in advance. Some people make biltong, droëwors, boerewors, bake rusks, koeksisters, and many other traditional goodies in the weeks leading up to it.

People start arriving at the campground on the Friday. Some stay in cabins, others in RVs, and the rest in tents. Then the braai fires are lit and the party is on!

Most people “kuier” (visit) around the braai until the early morning hours on Saturday, catching up on news with all the friends they made at the previous Potjie. Saturday is the boerewors competition, and Saturday evening is the big “sokkie”.

Potjie Picture Gallery from 2015 Potjie held at Conroe KOA

Sunday is the day all the potjiekos competitors have been waiting for! The food preparation starts after church and by the afternoon the whole campground is filled with the wonderful aroma of the various potjies, carefully nursed by their expert creators.

After the judging is over, everyone either shares their potjies back at their own sites, or get together at the main hall to share in the communal potjie provided by the committee 

Don’t miss out on the annual Texas Potjie Festival. It is a blast that you won’t forget anytime soon!

Want to join us this year? Here are the details for the upcoming Texas Potjie Festival.

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