Have you noticed how alcohol companies are making more alcohol-free products? Savanna, the dry but drinkable cider, has done just that with its new alcohol-free cider, launched on Wednesday night at the Savannah Block Party. Fox Junction in Newtown was the venue and the media and influencers joined the celebration.
There was a decent line-up of DJs – Kabza De Small, Olwee and Da Kruk – who kept the dance floor alive. The night kicked off with a comedy set by Alfred Adriaan and an unexpected flash mob. Yes ... people are still doing those with all the conviction in the world. Their approach? A few dudes dressed as cops and gyrating all over. It made for a slightly strained watch.
City Press gave me the task of trying to party without drinking, which was going pretty well. The non-alcoholic cider even had the bitter taste of an actual drink. I personally believe that I was well on the way to a fully fledged placebo effect when a bar that served the real Savanna was pointed out to me. Needless to say the little experiment didn’t work and the night got so much better after this point.
Overall the block party was a laid-back idea, with chilled vibes until the night started to wind down and slowly influencers and media alike realised they could get a skhaftin to go. The food at the party was free and a few notches above the usual-flavour, poor and uninspired canapés. They had wings that fell off the bone with the greatest of ease, fire-oven pizzas and, probably the most enjoyed stall, the pap and vleis, which was pretty much done before we even got there. Quite a few of the guests left with at least two days worth of grub and, in my opinion, that’s a lovely touch.
The décor was a little confusing as organisers opted for a construction site feel, with bright orange cones and white-and-red safety tape on stair banisters. One could not be blamed for thinking one had wandered into an area undergoing construction.
This wasn’t a demanding evening and all the pretence of elements like a red carpet were omitted and, even though a cider with no booze in it is a touch-and-go idea, the roll-out should be commended.