The annual Soweto Beer Festival is on this weekend from Friday to Monday at SHAP Stadium, Mofolo Park, Soweto.

Since the festival's inception four years ago at the Masakeng Pub and Grill by founder Godfrey Mautloa, the event has become a favourite with locals and tourists.

This year it's expected to draw in excess of 80 000 people over the four-day duration. It is a fun event that celebrates all the positive aspects of Soweto that are tangible in this historical, urban township.

The festival will feature 40 different types of beers ranging from local beers, to traditional African brews and international beers.

“Traditional and contemporary cuisine lends an authentic urban feel to the event - setting the stage for good friends to share good food and great beer,” says Mautloa.

Tickets cost R35 per person, and are available at Computicket outlets and at Masakeng Pub & Grill. There will be some give-aways at the doors - so book early to avoid disappointment.

Safety and security will be a top priority for festival organisers who are also taking a tough stance on under-age drinking. The festival will close at 2am with the pub closing an hour before.