Mampoer Festival

DATE: Saturday 31 May 2014 09H00 – 17H00

The Mampoer festival is the highlight on the year calendar of the Ditsong Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum and the National Cultural Distillers Gild.This festival event has been presented for about 30 years. This year it takes place on 31 May 2014. The Scottish have whiskey, the Greeks ouzo, the Dutch gin and the South Africans can be proud of our exclusive mampoer and witblits.

In the Afrikaans language mampoer is also known as “tiermelk” (tiger’s milk”), “hardehout”, or “vuurwater” (fire water). In Gauteng it is called mampoer, named after the Pedi chief Mampuru, who apparently was the first person to distill mampoer in our country. Mampoer is known to offer both medicinal and other health benefits: pure mampoer mixed with certain spices are said to fight colds and fever. Mampoer can also be applied as a lotion to varicose veins. When mampoer is mixed with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, it can be used as a powerful tonic.

One of the main objectives of the Mampoer Festival is to introduce the culture of traditional home distilled liquor to the visitors. Traditional distillers, who are members of the National Distillers Guild from all over South Africa, will participate in the annual mampoer distilling championships. Adjudications are done according to nationally acknowledged rules. During the festival, visitors can taste these championship drinks as well as buy bottled mampoer, witblits and liqueurs. Liqueurs with a witblits base will also be available. Each distiller has his own specialties. They are always experimenting with different fruit aromas such as fig, honey, ginger, coffee etc. Cream liqueurs are also very popular.

The Mampoer festival, however, is not only a day of mampoer tasting. It is a fun-filled and very pleasant event for the whole family. Do not miss out on one of the greatest festivals in our country

The programme of the day:

  • Guest Artist: Manie Jackson
  • Big flee market and many food stalls.
  • Exhibition and demonstrations of veteran tractors and engines.
  • A variety of fun games and competitions.
  • Beer Garden

At the old farmyard:

  • Guided tours of the old 1880 farmstead
  • Demonstration of traditional farmyard activities such as candle making.
  • Home baked bread from the outside oven with farm butter and jam.
  • “Pap” and pork crackling.
  • Various Mampoer and liqueurs for sale and tastings

Come and participate in the fun at this unique festival event!

The Ditsong: Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum can be reached from Pretoria/Witbank highway
(N4). Exit 27 to Cullinan and Rayton along the old Bronkhorstspruit road (R104).


Tel no.: 012 736 2035 / 6 (Museum)
Cell no.: 076 054 5229
Stalls: 072 294 8856

Download Mampoerfees – 2014 Press Release