The Darling Wildflower Society has been around now for more than a century and the Society’s Show takes place annually over the third weekend in September. It celebrates an integral part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom comprising of Renosterveld, Rietveld, Sandveld, and Strandveld where more than 1200 different species of flowers can be found.
The Darling Wildflower Society has held a show virtually every year since that first show in 1917. The ideals expressed by the founders still hold true today. They wanted to display Darling’s God-given wealth for the world to see. At the same time they promoted the conservation of flowers amongst the farmers of the district, who have since maintained the botanical diversity of the region over several generations.
The West Coast flower region, an integral part of the Cape Fynbos Kingdom, boasts more than 1200 species of flowering plants. About 80 of these are endemic to the West Coast and known nowhere else. The rich flora of the West Coast occurs on mainly three different soil types, culminating in three distinctive vegetation types, namely, Strandveld, Renosterveld and Sandveld. Darling lies within the Cape West Coast Biosphere reserve in the centre of the threatened lowland sandplain and renosterveld fynbos.
Darling’s veld is unique in that it consists of an intermingling of various veld types. This situation is found nowhere else in the world. The Cape Floral Kingdom, with more than 12 000 species, is also the richest in species diversity. It is astounding that Darling contains more than 10% of the species count of the Cape Floral Kingdom in less than 1% of the area. If there was ever a “Golden Mile” of the plant kingdom anywhere in the world, it must surely exist in Darling. If there was ever a “Most Threatened” area in the world, likewise.
This year’s show will be the 99th, building towards the Centenary Show next year. The theme this year is ‘The Weather & The Wildflowers’ to demonstrate to visitors the impact which weather has on our flora, especially in the Darling region.
The Flower Show will be offering a variety of activities to entertain young and old, and on Friday, 18th September, entrance for pensioners will be only R30! Your ticket includes entry to the Landscaped Hall depicting the flowers of the area in their natural habitat; a free ride on a tractor-drawn wagon to see the pristine wetland at Oude Post which is not normally accessible to the public and may only be visited during the Show; a Craft & Gourmet Food Market; Veteran Tractor/Car Display; an Entertainment Tent featuring live music from the famous Swartland band, Klassik and other local acts, with safe and secure parking for vehicles.
With more than 100 food and craft stalls, everyone’s taste buds and shopping needs will be catered for! Kids will have a weekend of fun in the playpark area with entertainment ranging from face-painting to rides, whilst adults can relax in the Mini Wine Route & Beer Tent. In addition there will be a shuttle driving through Darling, and stopping at places of interest. Your entrance fee to the Darling Wildflower Show will help to conserve our endangered floral kingdom for future generations.
Contact Michelle Linder
Tel 072 178 5744 / 084 916 1111
Linking creativity to a celebration of comestibles, this event brings together galleries & gastronomy, entertainment & eateries … so say “mmmM”, as you sample the mastery of the cellar, the kitchen and studio. McGregor’s boutique Food and Wine Festival. Wineries from the valley will be participating including our own grappa distillery. Foodie stalls, fun for kids, music and bargain wine prices. Experience hand made hospitality in McGregor.
It’s been described as the most fun, the most affordable and the least pretentious of any food and wine fest. At McGregor’s Country Food and Wine Festival, the winemakers of local cellars present their valley wines and village restaurateurs, chefs and caterers tempt with fare that ranges from rustic to topnotch, from traditional to trendy....
With Spring in full swing what better way to savour all things new than at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival from 24 to 25 September. Celebrate your heritage over a glass of Franschhoek wines, selected by the winemakers, and paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame as Franschhoek prepares to Braai4Heritage.
The ideal opportunity to travel from farm to farm sampling wines from the Franschhoek Vignerons. Visitors can also look forward to amazing festival offerings – the perfect excuse to stock up on wine for the upcoming festive season! With so much on offer you’ll be forgiven for wanting to make a weekend of your Uncorked experience.
Avoid the queues and pre-book your Uncorked Weekend Pass through www.webtickets.co.za. Tickets cost R140 per person and allows you access to all of the participating wine farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings.
As an added extra, outdoor enthusiasts will be able to participate in a selection of outdoor activities on offer during the weekend. Watch the press for further details.
For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za for further details and a list of participating farms. For regular updates follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA....
Vredendal’s popular annual festival pulls out all the stops with a massive celebration of everything local. Groove to local artists and proudly South African music, taste local wines and food and enjoy authentic Vredendal hospitality....
The Hermanus Whale Festival, the only Enviro-Arts festival in South Africa, is held annually to celebrate the return of the Southern Right whales to the waters of Walker Bay, our magnificent environment, arts and wines and the arrival of Spring!...
The annual Freshpak Fitness Festival, the Western Cape’s largest multi-sport festival, is set to attract all novice and professional athletes, family, friends and travellers in Clanwilliam.
This year’s Freshpak Fitness Festival celebrates 30 years of fitness and family fun, commemorating three decades of fitness, wellbeing and family fun against the scenic background of the Cederberg. Providing all the features of a true multisport event, the annual Freshpak Fitness Festival marks its 30th anniversary on Saturday 1 October in Clanwilliam. Athletes can take part in the various sporting events, including open water swims, a duathlon, biathlon and triathlon while family, friends and visitors enjoy the festive atmosphere. There are also kiddies races for young fitness enthusiasts.
Every year, this longstanding event sees over 1000 passionate fitness and health enthusiasts competing in various swimming, cycling and running challenges. Situated between the rugged Cederberg Mountains and the popular Clanwilliam Dam, the event is ideal for a scenic outdoor getaway where visitors can look forward to a great sporting and festive atmosphere in the heart of Rooibos country.
A percentage of the proceeds raised from entry fees are donated to CANSA. Rooibos, which is grown only in the Cederberg, has anti-oxidant properties that fight cancer effectively and form part of a healthy lifestyle.
It is the end of shearing and we are celebrating the harvest of bags full of beautiful alpaca fibre. Now is the time for us to think about the processing of all of these fleeces – from carding to spinning, felting, knitting and weaving.
This will be a day full of fun, laughter and amazement with shearing demonstrations and crafters presenting their skill.
At the top of the SA live music calendar, the annual Rocking the Daisies Music Festival reinvents itself every year with new features and attractions, and of course, the latest local and international rock sensations. Over 250 acts take to ten stages, incorporating comedy, art, film and a variety of multi-faceted and multi-sensory experiences. Expect an action-packed weekend of camping, good times, making incredible memories, and the best in local and international entertainment....
As the first shoots of summer start showing, Wines of Elgin will be hosting their inaugural Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium over the weekend of Friday, 7th October and Saturday 8th October 2016.
Local and international guests are invited to join Almenkerk, Boschendal, Charles Fox MCC, Corder, Elgin Vintners, Highlands Rd, Iona, Lothian, Mathew van Heerden, Neil Ellis, Oak Valley, Oneiric, Paul Cluver Wines, Richard Kershaw Wines, South Hill and Sutherland as they showcase their Wine of Origin Elgin Chardonnay’s with a selection of the best from around the world.
The two day programme is as follows:
A seminar and tutored tasting featuring top quality international and Elgin Chardonnays on Friday, 7th October, hosted by Jamie Goode, a London-based wine writer, lecturer and respected wine judge. This will be followed by a gala dinner. Friday’s activities will be hosted at Rockhaven, a beautiful venue nestled amidst vineyards, apple orchards, olive groves and lavender in the Elgin Valley.
On the Saturday, 8th October, participants will be able to choose from one of three morning and from one of the four lunch events jointly co- hosted by participating producers bringing an exciting finale to the event.
With its high altitude, proximity to the ocean, specific cloud cover and diurnal temperatures, Chardonnay excels in Elgin’s long cool ripening conditions.
The full program and listing of wines being tasted can be found at chardonnay.winesofelgin.co.za or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow #ElginCY on Twitter for updates.
Tickets are limited so please book early if you would like to attend.
We look forward to welcoming you to Elgin!...
International Pinotage Day...
We are very excited to announce that the next USANA FARM FESTIVAL will be held on 8 October 2016. Usana in conjunction with the Slippery Spoon – Secret Pop-Up Restaurant, presents The Farmers Table at Klein Welmoed, Stellenbosch.
Join us for a fun authentic farm experience. What does a Farm Festival entail? In our eyes this day is about lying, sitting, slouching on the lawn with an ice cold glass of vino on a lazy Saturday afternoon, munching away on food from the farm prepared by the team from Slippery Spoon Kitchen, while listening to relaxed folky tunes, watching the cows grazing about whilst the chickens are working hard to squeeze out those eggs.
Tickets are R300.00 per person and include a full farm table lunch, live music, kids entertainment and a R50.00 voucher redeemable on the purchase of a case of wine. Kids 6 years and younger free of charge. Kids 7 – 13 years R50.00 per ticket.
Invite friends and family and join us for a lovely spring day filled will delicious food, wine and plenty of laughs.
Please book your tickets at Webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za). For more information contact us at email@example.com...
Take a break from everyday life to visit Agri-Expo Livestock at Sandringham, Stellenbosch. This country event brings agriculture closer to the public and will make you think differently about the livestock industry. The programme is packed with activities that are tailor-made to showcase the meat and dairy industries, from different breeds of animals to food demonstrations by famous chefs....
This idyllic open-air wine festival takes place on the banks of the Breede River at the Goudmyn Farm between Robertson and Bonnievale, with live music, boat trips, tasting of 300 wines, cheese, olives, chocolate, and picnics, activities for children and food stalls with local produce. A spring festival not to be missed!...
Do you believe in the man in the moon or that the moon is made of cheese? Come and take a closer look at the full moon from the Afrikaanse Taalmonument on Paarlberg, at the first Full-moon Picnic of the season on Saturday 15 October 2016.
Local as well as international visitors enjoy these picnics for the unbeaten sunset and night time views of the valley.
Visitors can picnic any time between 17:00 and 22:00. A free guided monument tour will take place at 18:30.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics or they can order one from Volksmond Coffee Shop (tel. 021 863 2800). Volksmond will be open for coffee and light refreshments. Visitors are reminded to bring along a torch and warm clothes. No dogs and fires are allowed. Safe parking is available and access is controlled.
Tickets are R25 for adults, R10 for SA students and R5 for children (free under six years), available from Computicket and at the gate. No booking is required. Annual permits are available at the Taalmonument at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to Full-moon Picnics.
Full-moon Picnics are also scheduled for 12 November and 15 December 2016. In 2017, Full-moon Picnics will take place on 14 January, 11 February and 11 March. For more information about events at the Taalmonument, call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za.
The picnic series is presented in aid of the Taalmuseum’s reading project for children, Let’s Read! Visitors are encouraged to bring along a new or secondhand children’s book in support of the project....
With concert performances presented in wine estates, restaurants and the historic landmark NG Church in centre of the village, this collaborative effort by outstanding musicians will feature an intimate line-up of a broad range of classic music – from piano recitals, opera, cabaret and jazz.
Celebrated for its scenic splendour and awe-inspiring backdrops, a magnificent experience awaits enthusiasts in the Franschhoek Valley when the annual Classic Music Festival returns in the last weekend of October this year. Artists, musicians and visitors alike are not immune to the inspiring experiences that Franschhoek has to offer, and this year’s weekend experience promises much to enjoy....
Franschhoek’s most spectacular gardens as they burst into bloom this summer: spectacular gardens on show – from small to medium-sized gardens in the village to farm gardens, indigenous gardens, and ‘out of town’ gardens. In the centre of town join in the festivities provided by Franschhoek – a tea and bubbly garden, live music, a fresh goods market and our hugely successful PLANT SALE....
Please come and join us at this family festival in Swellendam in the tranquil environment of the Langeberg mountains, for a weekend of fun and laughter with sporting events, live music, food stalls and entertainment for young and old. The Overberg Festival is all about bringing the whole family together to enjoy a weekend in the picturesque Swellendam. MTB, Trailrun, Market and more!...
Escape From Your Winter Cocoon – Springtime is Sauvignon Blanc time!!! Join us for sushi and Sauvignon … sway to the sounds of jazz and a zesty white …. sip award – winning beauties and sing-along to classics. The Durbanville Wine Valley signals the start of white wine season with a jubilant weekend long celebration of extreme fun. So sip into something white and indulge in Spring with us. Here’s how to go about it: Match fun with family and friends on wine farms in the picturesque Durbanville area …. all blending beautifully with the region’s signature style Sauvignon Blancs.
A mere 20 minutes drive from Cape Town, this wine route is fast becoming Cape Town’s destination of choice with its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines and friendly atmosphere.
The festival includes the participation of 12 prestigious wine farms, offering a wide variety of festivities. Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phizantekraal and Signal Gun will each be celebrating the start of white wine season in their own individual style. This truly unique and festive experience has led to the Season of Sauvignon festival once again being nominated for a Klink award in the ‘Crowd Pleaser’ category for best wine route event.
The festival is the perfect opportunity for friends and families to gather and enjoy the Valley’s renowned wines, a variety of delicious gourmet food and live music. Supervised children’s activities at each farm will ensure that the little ones are safe and entertained.
The Durbanville Valley tasting, which features all of the Valley’s excellent Sauvignon Blanc’s, will be available at each of the participating wineries. This has always been a festival favourite and gives festival goers the chance to enjoy the different styles of Sauvignon Blanc produced in the Valley. The Durbanville winemakers are united in their passion to reflect the Durbanville terroir in all their wines. The result is a magnificent range of intense, fruit-driven yet elegant wines, as different from each other as the slopes that create them and the individual personalities who craft them.
On offer this year is the opportunity to be amongst the first to taste and purchase the Durbanville Twelve Sauvignon Blanc’s. This wine is produced by the Durbanville Wine Valley from a ton of grapes from each of the 12 farms and is an expression of the Valleys signature varietal Sauvignon Blanc. The wine will be available during the Season of Sauvignon and afterwards for sale from each of the participating wineries.
For a detailed festival program and information on ticket sales visit www.durbanvillewine.co.za.
Greyton Rose Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
An annual event, its goal is to highlight that most beautiful of flowers … the rose, and to share the beauty of the village of Greyton.
Besides the wonderful display of cut roses on display in the hall, there is a Saturday morning market and a range of fabulous open gardens to visit.
The Greyton Rose Fair is organised by the community, and all funds raised go into community projects. This year’s theme is Put A Smile On A Child, and several local charities that focus on the underprivileged children in our community will benefit.
Diemersfontein in Wellington celebrates “The Original Coffee Pinotage” with barrels of its famous wine spread around the wine estate providing the goods from a tap – à volonté. Ad fundum. The ever-growing legions of devotees who attend Diemersfontein’s “POT Parties”(dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure and playtime, augmented by volumes of the now-legendary Coffee-Chocolate Pinotage) know that these festivals are the ultimate jols on the South African social calendar, so it may come as no surprise to fans that Pinotage-on-Tap was officially rated “Best Wine Event in the World“, at the 2014 Drinks International Tourism Awards in London....