After a national wide search by Windhoek with Chef Benny to find SA’s best Shisanyama. It was finally time for the top eight finalists to battle it out at the main event. Busy Corner Imbizo Shisanyama located in Thembisa walked away with the deserving title of South Africa’s best Shisanyama along with prizes worth half a Million Rand.
The final ‘Shisanyama showdown’ event, which took place on Sunday, 10 December 2017, was an explosion of delicious Shisanyama tastes, complemented by ice cold Windhoek Beer and great entertainment including; Mo Flava, Black Motion Feat. Nokwazi, Soweto Samthing and more, creating an ultimate experience for fans.
Windhoek Beer believes that the secret to a great experience is the combination of good food, good friends and 100% Pure Beer. This is why they launched the search for SA’s best Shisanyama and called on South Africans to nominate and vote for their local favourites.
As popular local chef, television personality and a judge at the event, Chef Benny said, “Each of the eight finalists brought their absolute best to the final event, but there could only be one winner. Imbizo
came fully prepared, they listened to their customers and knew exactly what to deliver. It was a combination of their great food and attention to detail that got them the votes on the day.
Guests had the opportunity to sample each of the top eight Shisanyama finalists core menu items and had the final vote on the day. Vaal Monateng Café short ribs were an instant hit as were Khayelitsha based Rands Lifestyle Space’s Buffalo wings dipped in the Rands’ secret sauce. Centurion Shisa Nyama and E’ Social Link Shisa Nyama & Car Wash really brought their ‘A game’ while Meat Lounge Sunninghill swayed the vote with their range of homemade sauces adding delicious flavour to their offering. Not to be outdone Max’s Lifestyle and Eyandini did Umlazi proud. However it was pioneers of the Shisanyama industry, Busy Corner Imbizo Shisanyama that took the crown.
Senzosakhe Mhlongo, MD of Imbizo Shisanyama said, “A big thank you to Windhoek Beer for launching this competition and offering us the opportunity to participate. We already felt like winners when we joined the top eight finalists and were proud to compete against such tough competition. Imbizo Shisanyama is all about family and friends, celebrating our culture and heritage, it’s about the great African lifestyle it’s about creating memories that makes an exceptional experience. Being voted the best by consumers is the biggest prize of all it’s a vote of confidence and confirmation of our quality offering, from the people who really count.”
According to Windhoek Beer Brand Manager, Lebo Xhola, “Windhoek Beer has invested time and passion into crafting our beer. The Windhoek Shisanyama Search provided the opportunity to unearth and recognise people who share these values – offering consumers an opportunity to immerse themselves in environments that host a special combination of a great vibe coupled with good food and an ice cold Windhoek. Imbizo Shisanyama is a great example of such an establishment and Windhoek is proud to support them in continuing to grow their craft.”