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Dodging the mozzies while camping at Mieliepop 2017

Mieliepop 2017 Sign

The beauty of my job is that I get to travel a lot. Sometimes it’s in swanky hotels, but more often than not I’m tenting it in the middle of nowhere. Now, while I do enjoy tenting and the magic of a lekker bushveld braai, the downside of this little piece of heaven is the mozzies (and other bugs). From my trips through Africa with Put Foot Rally to weekend music festivals, the mozzies have a way of putting a damper on things.

Camping with bugs and mosquitoes
Camping With Bugs
Peaceful Sleep
Peaceful Sleep

I’ve tried arm bands and whizzing gadgets, and even heard rumours that drinking lots of beer will keep these guys at bay. Unfortunately there’s actually evidence that drinking beer makes you MORE susceptible to mozzie bites. G&T’s do work (somewhat)… it’s apparently the quinine in the tonic, but I like to add the gin… just in case 😉

The only thing that has proven to work for me is a good spray-on repellent like Peaceful Sleep. We’ve all been there… around about sunset on day 2 of a festival, the dudes with arm bands and other gadgets comes begging for some of your spray, and halfway through the trip you’re all out and getting chowed. Please stop being that dude! Stop believing all the myths and magic and bring your own Peaceful Sleep… THE STUFF WORKS!

We got to Mieliepop Festival late on Tuesday, had a braai for some for the staff and only had time/energy to locate and unpack our tents, leaving the actual unpacking for the next morning. True as nuts, we woke up on Wed. with a layer of mozzies INSIDE our tent. Fortunately for me, in addition to their original aerosol repellent, Peaceful Sleep hooked me up with some of their room spray, which I was going to try out in the tent for the first time.

Mieliepop Braai with Biffs and Jetmaster
Biff’s & Jetmaster Braai
Mieliepop Peaceful Sleep Spray
Free Peaceful Sleep

Biff’s Big 6 and Jetmaster were kind enough to hook us up with free braais and wood etc. which I set up in the camping grounds, so for the rest of the weekend festival goers were treated to the convenience of lit fires and a lekker vibey atmosphere right there in the camp grounds. Every evening though, as soon as the lights were switched on, the bugs came out. Fortunately, thanks to Peaceful Sleep there was now a free spray service on offer as well, and everyone had an epic 2017 Mieliepop Festival.

Mieliepop Raft Braai
Mieliepop Raft Braai

Last, but not least, the barge was turned into a twice-daily comedy stage this year (in addition to the regular booze cruises), and just like last year, we made a plan to braai on “The Lusty Oar” (The Fuzigish boys’ home-made raft)… and just like last year, we stayed out until after dark, but unfortunately we forgot the Peaceful Sleep on shore, and so the mozzies had a field day. So if you happen to find yourself joining us at Mieliepop 2018, please make sure to remind me to pack my spray 🙂

If you happen to have caught any pics of me at the braai, on the raft, or just chilling in front of the stages, please make sure to share them with me on twitter or facebook.

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Braai Jou Mielie, Pop! Win Tickets to Mieliepop 2017

Mieliepop Festival 2017

The Republic of Mieliepop is here, and man alive what a party it’s gonna be this year!

A 4 day camping experience with 60+ live acts on 4 stages at arguably the coolest festival venue. There will be food stalls, hot showers & lots of additional outdoor activities. For Mieliepop veterans, 2017 has a pretty cool surprise for you: This year, the barge is hosting comedy sessions in addition to the regular booze cruises… so don’t miss out on that!

Braai Vibes At Mieliepop

Mieliepop braai time
Mieliepop Barge
Booze Cruises & Comedy Sessions

In addition to setting up my regular festival food stand so that you can get some of South Africa’s best Pulled Pork all up in your face, I’ll also be setting up a braai area with braais, free wood & charcoal … just bring your chow. If I’m in the area I’ll do the braaing for you, or you can go ahead and braai it yourself. And as if that’s not enough, you can also win free chow every day if you win the tickets I’m giving away… scroll down for details on how to enter.


Yoga maybe your thing? If you’re a sun chaser, moon lover, adventure seeker, deep breather die-hard yogi or perhaps just dipping your toes in the reflective waters of yoga as a beginner, then there’s some good news… Yo.Go.Flo are there to help you get your fix on. Catch all the YogaFlow Festival info here:

♜ Music Line Up ♜

Adelle Nqeto


Bad Peter

Barbosa Experience


Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions



Black Math


Bobbejaan DJ’s

Bongani Zulu

Bye Beneco

Crimson House

Desmond & the Tutus

DJ Legend

DJ Night Vision


Dsco Cam



Half ‘n Half


Hello Beautiful

Hot Water (Duo)

Ella G



Felix Brendel

Femi Koya

Freecaps & Teeshirtz


Gerald Clark


Grassy Spark

Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives

Johnny Cradle

Jol Stransky

Jonathan Peyper


Kid Robot

Late Night Fox

Lil Bow





Medicine Boy



Michael Canfield

Michael Lesar


Morrison Taylor


Mr Green

Naming James

New Academics

Night Vision



Rebel Clef

Retro Dizzy




Sound Sensible

Tidal Waves

The Dandies

The Dead Trends

The Deathrettes

The Lectric Monks

The Oh So Serious

The Tazers

The T’s & C’s

Thor Rixon

Urban Village

Vasco Bromada

We Are Charlie

Weston & Engine

Yo Grapes


and even more TBA!


Ticket price: R650 (excluding booking fee’s)
Ticket & registration link:

Or how about some FREE TICKETS?

Since Mieliepop is such an awesome festival and I’ll be giving you free chow every day if you win the tickets, you’re gonna have to put some work into your entry. What I want you to do is take your best picture depicting the phrase: “Braai Jou Mielie, Pop. Share that picture on my Facebook page and/or post it on twitter and tag both myself (@BraaiBoy) and Mieliepop (@mieliepopfest) in the tweet. The competition will close at 12h00 on 24th Feb, and I’ll probably be announcing the lucky winner on the Monday following (27th Feb).

P.S. General sucking up, sharing this post and creative captions definitely won’t hurt your chances 😉

I hope to see you all there!

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Movember 2016… Win BraaiBoy Merch & Park Acoustics Tickets

BraaiBoy Movember 2016
BraaiBoy Movember 2016
BraaiBoy #Movember 2016

If you follow me on any of my social channels, you may have noticed that I look a bit different lately. I shaved my beard and I’m growing my moustache for 30 days and it’s not just a bold fashion statement. I’m doing it to raise funds for the Movember Foundation, and I need your support:

I’m supporting the Movember Foundation for the 7th time this year because Continue reading Movember 2016… Win BraaiBoy Merch & Park Acoustics Tickets

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Top 100 Braai Tips of all time

Top 100 Braai Tips

Every so often some poor sap is tasked with coming up with braai tips for a blog post or campaign. More often than not, the sap in question doesn’t even own a braai, and instead of telling their boss they have no clue they scour the Internet and rehash of the same old tips & tricks and even try to pass off ill-informed myths as braai genius.  Continue reading Top 100 Braai Tips of all time

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Braai-Off at Gauteng Getaway Show with R20,000 in prizes

Getaway Show Braai-Off

Gauteng Getaway Show 2016 Logo - Turqoise 1The Gauteng Getaway Show takes place at the TicketPro Dome in Joburg from 23 – 25 September.

Gauteng Getaway Show FlyerShowcasing over 350 exhibits including travel destinations, accommodation, outdoor gear, 4×4 products and accessories, motor homes, caravans and trailers, camping equipment and adventure operators, there is, without doubt, something for everyone. Thrill seekers are going to love the climbing wall and laser shooting in the Adventure Area, and, for the less hardcore visitor there’s the new Travel and Taste Theatre featuring local cuisine, wine and beer; a Wine Village with samples and products to buy; and for the even more mellow, a beer tent where you can relax and listen to upcoming artists perform on the live music stage.

Together with Geko Divers & Aquamania, I’ll be doing some underwater braaing and lekker braai demos Continue reading Braai-Off at Gauteng Getaway Show with R20,000 in prizes

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Win tickets to August Park Acoustics

Park Acoustics August Banner

Time flies when you’re having fun… Feels like just yesterday that Karen Zoid rocked the stage at July’s Park Acoustics, and now August’s party is already upon us. This month BOO!; Nomadic Orchestra; New Academics; Park Acoustics Virgins, Urban Village, and more will take to the stage for your entertainment. After the bands Continue reading Win tickets to August Park Acoustics

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iFest in Pretoria – 13 Aug 2016


It’s not every day that you get the chance to catch some of SA’s top SAMA & Ghoema nominees and winners all at one festival, but that’s exactly what’s going to be happening at iFest in Pretoria on the 13th August.

Map to iFest
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Gates open at 10am at Die Rooi Lorrie Pub & Grill and tickets are available for R150 at the gate, or head on over to Webtickets and grab yours now!

iFest is getting ready to host about 6, 000 people at Die Rooi Lorrie, so make sure you get there early and grab a good spot.

You can find out more on the iFest Facebook Page and instagram: @iFestSA


Great news: I’ve got 2 sets of double tickets to give away, and I’ll through in some free chow as well. Wooohoo!

Simply do any (or all) of the following (Entries close midnight 11th Aug, I’ll pick the winners on the 12th – so keep an eye out on twitter/facebook etc. for the announcement):

  1. Comment below telling me who your favourite act is at iFest, and/or
  2. Drop me a tweet (and tag @iFestSA & your favourite band), and/or
  3. RT the following tweet

So get those entries in… and I’ll see you at the party!

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Park Acoustics – Score free tickets & chow

Park Acoustics July 2016 Poster

Park Acoustics July 2016

If you follow me on any of my social channels, you may have noticed that I spent nearly 2 months travelling and braaing up a storm (as soon as I get my broken laptop, lost cellphone pics, access to accounts long forgotten etc. etc. sorted, I’ll share some of those stories here as well… maybe 😉).

Anyway… so the travelling was awesome, but the only downside was that I missed 2 x Park Acoustics parties IN A ROW… The last time I was there was with my Birthday Pork SpitBraai. i.e. I haven’t had my Park Acoustics fix in 3 months. This will all be rectified at the end of July though when I’ll be back at my post (look for the smoke trails above and behind the main stage), and I hope you will all be joining me.

Man alive! What a line-up for getting my fix on:

Karen ZoidGerald ClarkFor the first time ever, South Africa’s Queen of Rock, Karen Zoid is headlining. She is supported by some more epic acts in the form of Gerald Clark, Manouche, Bark, Hey!Bang!Dead! and lots more. The comedy stage is also going to be one for the books. 3 big names, David Levinsohn, Malcolm Fereira and Warren Robertsohn, will be up on stage to entertain us. So hurry up and grab your tickets now. Just R120 when paid for online otherwise you can grab one at the gate for R150. Students can get tickets for just R100 from Capital Craft, Aandklas & Open Window when presenting a valid student card.

Park Acoustics July 2016 PosterOf course you could also simply win yourself a free ticket, there are 5 to give away. How do you get one?

Simply do any (or all) of the following (Entries close midnight 21st July, I’ll pick a winner on the 22nd):

  1. Comment below telling me what your favourite Karen Zoid song is, and/or
  2. Drop me a tweet (and tag @parkacoustics & list your favourite Karen Zoid song), and/or
  3. Share your favourite Park Acoustics pic/memory on my Facebook page, and/or
  4. RT the following tweet/

As always… In addition to your free ticket, you’ll also get a Pulled Pork Burger or Boerie Roll. SCORE!

So get those entries in, dust off your dancing shoes, clear your sing-along pipes… and I’ll see you up at the fort!