Bartholomeus Klip has opened up its exclusive farm restaurant for lunch to the public, and in the same breath, now also allows children. With a weekly changing set 3-course menu, chef Louise Gillett and restaurant manager Louise Gillett are sure to enthral food lovers in the Cape Winelands with their authentic farm-style fine cuisine. Read more here: bartholomeusklip.com/eat/...
Visitors and locals can now again experience a lively Friday night out at Amazink theatre-restaurant in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. The re-introduction of the “lite” version of this unique experience of discovering the magic of Stellenbosch and its people enjoys the full support of Stellenbosch 360.
Talented local performers entertain with an energetic, interactive performance which promises to have you out of your seat by the end of the night. For the hungry, Chef Roots will see to the tasty, quality local fare he has become known for.
Where: Amazink, Masitandane Street, Stellenbosch
When: 20 and 27 May as well as 3, 10, 17 and 24 June. The show starts at 20:00, while guests coming for dinner can arrive at 19:00.
Tickets: Available on Computicket or at the door. R120 for the concert; R200 for the concert and dinner (two meat dishes and three side dishes).
The menu includes wors, pork ribs and chicken wings, as well as mielie pap and chakalaka, chips, creamed spinach and salad.
The SU Woordfees manages Amazink theatre-restaurant. The SU Woordfees 2017 will be held from 3-12 March 2017 in Stellenbosch.
For more information about Amazink contact Ilana Cilliers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another exciting show to look forward to at Amazink is Amanda Strydom in concert on 28 May. Tickets can also booked through Computicket. R150 for the show only, and R230 with dinner....
Dreading the departure of summer? Rather indulge your senses with Lust Bistro & Bakery’s hearty winter menu that is bursting with country flavour, launching 24 May 2016. Keep your winter blues at bay with their delicious selection, from their heavenly char siu pork belly to the delectable spiced duck breast.
The bistro-style restaurant situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Valley offers patrons a taste of sophistication and refinement, without the accompanying hefty price tag. Exclusive to the winter months, the cosy eatery’s set menu offers reasonable prices that are bound to make the blustery winter weather a little more manageable.
Sneak away from your tiring schedules and join Lust Bistro for a light and delightful meal. Be the creator of either a gourmet sandwich, using any of their artisan breads, all-butter-croissant (subject to availability) and a variety of mouth-watering toppings or your very own superb pizza giving your everyday lunch a unique flair.
For a winter feast, priced at only R 185 enjoy the tantalizing monthly Sunday buffet available on the first Sunday of every month from 12pm to 3pm, with a variety of exquisite dishes from the kitchen and wood-fired oven.
For more information and to make a reservation contact 021 874 1456 or visit www.lustbistro.com. Follow them on their social media channels via Twitter, @LustBistro | Instagram, @LustBistro | Facebook, facebook.com/lustbistroandbakery...
Shiraz and Charcuterie; a culinary match made in heaven! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience these taste sensations at this year’s Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek on Saturday, 28 May (12pm to 5pm).
The perfect excuse to sample Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s range of Shiraz wines, which include the Anthonij Rupert Syrah, the Cape of Good Hope Riebeek’s Rivier Shiraz and Protea Shiraz. Bold and elegant in their own right. The Protea Shiraz adds that extra appeal with its eye catching indigenous floral inspired bottle. Perfect for upcycling! Joining these wines will be a selection of SA’s finest Syrahs paired with mouth-watering charcuterie and other delicious artisanal fare. Participating producers, amongst others, include Rust en Vrede, Waterford, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Hartenberg Estate, Simonsig and Thelema.
Perfectly suited to the colder months savour your glass of Shiraz with one of the delicious winter inspired dishes on offer. Choices include a traditional French onion soup served with Gruyere croutons, or a succulent braised lamb arancini with homemade tomato chutney. Keeping it Rhône inspired the Toulouse sausages with braised lentils are sure to be a hit! The perfect food and wine pairing taste sensation.
Tickets cost R180 per person and are limited, so pre-booking is recommended. Your ticket includes entry as well as tastings of the wines on show. Book directly via www.webtickets.co.za.
For more information contact DnA Event Management on email@example.com or 084 207 3820....
Kamersvol Geskenke at the Castle of Good Hope is an annual celebration of local talent and creativity, offering a collection of designer clothes, decor, furniture, ceramics, jewellery and accessories, garden design, and food shops. 150 Handpicked participants will exhibit their original products. The philosophy of the organizers is to share creativity and be a platform for young designers and small businesses to showcase their product....
With big and boutique wine estates and tourism establishments from Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale and McGregor showcasing their wines and wares, visitors can expect loads of festivity and celebration! And with a myriad of key attractions, both old favourites and novel delights, this well-loved event is a ‘must-do’ on the annual social calendar. So, join the Robertson Wine Valley clan for an indulgently Wacky Weekend …
Whether you are a fun-seeker, novice or a wine connoisseur, there is something for everyone, promising to inspire wine aficionados with a range of tailor-made activities, like master wine-tastings, exquisite wine- and food-pairings, educational wine presentations and private tastings with the Valley’s most esteemed winemakers.
The Wacky Wine Weekend embraces the usual line-up of fun-filled activities, like creating your own picnic basket by choosing local olives, cheese, charcuterie and
preserves from the delis. Warm up with hearty soups, roosterkoeke and vetkoeke. Enjoy freshly baked bread with home-made jams. Indulge in farm style breakfasts, fresh
produce and family recipe dishes. From canapés, gourmet platters to locally made
treats, there will be something to enjoy for everyone.
Each of the wineries will have a feast of special activities planned. Expect a line-up of
unique events and activities to suit the fun-seeker, novice or wine connoisseur. Most
are included in your weekend pass; others work as a pay as you go.
For music enthusiasts enjoy live music such as Afrikaans, blues, folk, country and
classic and featuring well-known as well as local artists and more. Multiple outdoor adventures such as golf, horseshoe throw, vineyard trail run, colour run, MTB rides, shot for shot chip challenges to name a few. For the romantic at heart go for a massage, seal your love at the love lock wall, dance the night away or enjoy wine in front of a fireplace.
We cater for the whole family from jungle gyms, ball sports, jumping castles and giant chess to face painting, petting zoo, tractor rides and even non-alcoholic food and wine
The Soup, Sip and Bread festival includes the participation of 12 prestigious wine farms that make up the Durbanville Wine Valley. 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 winter with a unique offering of wines, soups, artisan breads, winter inspired culinary treats, live music and special dining experiences. Each winery has its own charm with superb entertainment for adults and children alike.
Festival goers can look out for the barrel special at each participating farm which will include great wine deals and specials – the perfect opportunity to stock up on Valley favorites.
The Durbanville Wine Valley is proud to be associated with Century City Mercedes Benz. Festival goers will have the chance to view their cars of distinction at the participating farms throughout the weekend.
Mercedes-Benz Century City is the flagship dealership of the Sandown Group in the Western Cape and your first port of call for the full range of high –performance AMG vehicles.
This AMG Centre is the only one in the province and spoils its guests with state-of-the-art furnishing and technology worthy of the products it holds. Conveniently coupled to Mercedes-Benz Century City customers have the opportunity to experience every passenger vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz stable; from the new A-Class hatchback and CLA compact sedan to the decadent new S-Class luxury saloon and coupe.
The festival has partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from the festival safely and in style! All new users can sign up with the promotional code: Durbanville16 in order to receive a free first ride valued at R150. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site: m.uber.com. Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. The entire service is cash free and the fare is deducted directly from your card on file....
On Saturday 04 June 2016 diners will be able to ‘rove’ with Boschendal’s resident beef farmer and butcher Mark Muncer as he shares his passion for natural, ethically raised meat.
We are hosting our first winter Roving Dinner, where guests can enjoy a 3-course dinner paired with Boschendal’s award winning red wines and spread over 3 cosy and warm venues on the historical Boschendal Farm.
We will visit our artisan butchery where Mark will share his insight on what to look for, and what to ask for, when purchasing top quality meat. Mark will then be joined by our Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell, who will be using Boschendal pasture-raised Angus beef, Karoo Lamb and free range pork to be enjoyed in the beautiful Olive Press venue.
The venues are all within easy walking distance but we recommend bringing comfortable shoes and something warm to wear for the walk between the venues.
This promises to be both an informative and enjoyable evening.
Date: Sat, 04 June 2016
Time: From 18h00
Cost: R495 pp. (Includes welcome drink, starter with wine, mains with wine, dessert and coffee)
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 21 870-4274
We are offering special rates on accommodation in our luxury Orchard cottages for visitors wishing to overnight at Boschendal. Visit www.boschendal.co.za for more information....
Webersburg Wine Estate, situated in the picturesque Stellenbosch winelands, is hosting their first Model Yacht Regatta on Sunday, 5th June 2016. Guests can enjoy watching the majestic model yachts as they sail across the Webersburg dam, enjoy gourmet boerewors rolls and potjiekos on the fire, and even try their hand at sailing.
The event will run from 11:00 until 15:00 and Webersburg will be serving a variety of gourmet rolls which are grilled on the fire, tucked into a fresh, soft roll and topped with homemade sauces; as well as a scrumptious curry beef potjie, done over the coals and served with rice for only R50. Webersburg Wines and a variety of refreshments will also be available for purchase.
For those who prefer to dine indoors, the SugarBosch Bistro will trade as per usual, perfectly positioned to give guests a full view of the activities down on the dam. Booking is essential and can be made telephonically on 021 881 3636, or by emailing email@example.com.
For more information on exciting specials and upcoming events visit their website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
Lust Bistro, the ever-popular bistro and bakery on Vrede en Lust Estate that has long captivated foodies with its innovative and delicious offerings, now presents an exciting opportunity for aspiring master bakers to learn the skills of the art over a three-day baking course in the idyllic rustic surrounds of the Franschhoek countryside.
Jean-Pierre Smith, expert baker and owner of multi award-winning Lust Bistro, has a passion for sharing his culinary knowledge acquired through years of experience in the finest kitchens, both locally and abroad. Trained at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, where he also spent time as a lecturer, JP honed his talent working with esteemed chefs such as Matthew Gordon at Haute Cabrière, Frank Zlomke at Grande Roche and confectioner Kees Beyers at Beyers Chocolates. He also co-owned and ran a successful patisserie and artisan bakery in Franschhoek and Johannesburg respectively.
JP’s hands-on baking course takes place over 3 days in the convivial kitchen at Lust Bistro, and includes two nights’ accommodation in Vrede en Lust’s spectacular Vineyard Suites, as well as all daily meals for the duration of the course. Also included in the package is an artisan baking kit, consisting of a custom Lust Bistro apron, a Brötform basket (German imported proofing chamber for bread) and all baking ingredients amongst others.
Course participants will learn to make artisan breads and pastries like ciabatta, sourdough and croissants, step-by-step under the helpful guidance of Chef JP. He will also present an informative lecture on the technical aspects of baking, and share practical tips such as the differences between wood-fired and gas/electrical oven baking. In between baking sessions, time will also be set aside for entertaining activities such as a tour of the estate and winery, wine tasting and dinner at one of the area’s many acclaimed restaurants.
The upcoming Winter Baking Course at Lust Bistro, Vrede en Lust will take place from Tuesday to Thursday on the following dates: 7-9 June, 12-14 July, and 2-4 August 2016. Reservations for any of these sheduled course dates can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 874 1456. Costs are R6 500 per person, including the course, all course material, accommodation and meals. For couples or 2 persons sharing a room, a special all-inclusive fee of R11 500 is offered.
Live your love of baking and expand your culinary horizons at Lust Bistro this winter, and book for this unique winelands food experience without delay. Availability is limited....
Get your gourmet and grape groove on at the 2016 Taste the Helderberg showcase when this winter blues-busting food and wine affair celebrates the talents and tastes unique to this thriving region on Wednesday evening, 15 June 2016.
This sensory showcase of all things Helderberg serves up a treasure trove of the finer things in life with more than 100 premium wines to sip on and dishes from eminent local chefs and artisanal producers to warm the cockles.
The NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West is set to be transformed into a one-stop wine route of home-grown happiness with more than 25 prominent wine producers who will share their wines with a cosy crowd. These include the likes of Bilton, Ken Forrester Wines, Longridge, Lyngrove, Peter Falke, Somerbosch, Vergenoegd and Waterkloof Estate.
Food lovers are also in for a royal treat at this year’s Taste the Helderberg, now in its 8th year, where a delicious smorgasbord of sumptuous delights ranging from signature dishes to decadent sweets will perk the most jaded palates.
“Here in the Helderberg we enjoy life and it tastes delicious! This diverse sub-route of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes is certainly hip and happening and it is its sensory soul that we invite people to come and savour at Taste the Helderberg,” shares Elmarie Rabe, Manager of the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
“This social event combines some of my favourite forms of nurturing people into a festive celebration. Good, fuss-free food, excellent wines, a fun night on town in the company of amicable locals and great music. So don’t let the cold keep you away from this rare opportunity to indulge in this hub of Helderberg deliciousness, all under one roof,” advises Elmarie.
The Helderberg Winelands area stretches from Somerset West to Stellenbosch and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, with some of the country’s most lauded cellars, restaurants and eateries adding their passions and pleasures to this booming area.
The local wine community offers a varied bouquet that ranges from time-honoured cellars to cutting-edge boutique wineries; famed family-owned estates to eco-conscious pioneers.
Limited tickets for Taste the Helderberg 2016 are available at the cost of R100 per person. The ticket includes a wine glass and the opportunity to taste some of the best wines in the country. Numerous restaurants will tempt the taste buds with mouth-watering portions of their popular dishes which will be on sale throughout the evening.
Enthusiasts can get their happy on in the Helderberg from 17h00 to 21h00 and are encouraged to come straight after work to make the most of the evening.
For more information on Taste the Helderberg 2016 visit www.wineroute.co.za or call 021 886 8275. Tickets will also be available at the door but note that they sell like hotcakes.
Why not make the most of the public holiday the next day, 16 June and get a room at the NH Lord Charles after the event. For accommodation bookings visit http://nh-hotels.co.za/....
Blusher, porcini, boletus, pine rings… Mother Nature’s elusive delicacies are waiting to be unearthed at the legendary Delheim Wine Estate, when it opens its private forest to avid fungi foragers during its annual Wild Mushroom Hunts on 16 & 17 June and 1 & 2 July.
These ex-cep-tional excursions are led by Delheim’s Nora Sperling-Thiel and seasoned field expert Gary Goldman, aka the Mushroom Fundi, and will see intimate groups honing their foraging feelers in search of these ‘wild wonders’.
“The fact that we have lost 95% of our pine forest on the farm during the tragic Simonsberg fire in January will not deter us from sharing this magical spot with inveterate foragers and nature lovers. The pine forest was actually the only forest we were able to save, so with these exhilarating excursions on the estate we not only want enthusiasts to learn more about fungi we also want them to enjoy what’s left of it,” shares Delheim’s Nora Sperling-Thiel who learned the lost art of seasonal foraging from her mother and has been collecting mushrooms on their wine farm since she was a child.
With mushrooms able to deliver both death and delirium, Gary will give the group some important guidelines and pointers to follow before they trot off into the woods for the ‘silent hunt’.
“It is empowering to have knowledge about one’s environment, particularly what can be used and eaten in the natural environment. So at the end of the day we hope to inspire other foragers to learn more and become comfortable in picking their own mushrooms,” shares Gary.
After an invigorating morning in the forest, a content group will head for the estate’s Garden Restaurant where the chopping boards will come out for a 3-course feast by Chef Bruce Von Pressentin, featuring mushrooms in all their finery.
There are only 40 spots available per day as Delheim treasures a delicate balance between sharing their ‘family passion’ and protecting their natural habitat.
The Delheim Wild Mushroom Hunts start at 10am in the Vat Cellar and tickets cost R650 per person. A ticket includes a Delheim bottle of wine and two glasses to take home; the insightful lecture on mushroom identification over a cup of coffee and rusks; the forest forage, as well as the mushroom-inspired lunch and a glass of Delheim wine. All you need to bring is a sharp pair of eyes, comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket!
Advance bookings are essential and given the intimate nature of these hunts, no group bookings are allowed. Book your tickets on Computicket. For more information contact Tel: 021 888 4607/079 735 3257 or send an email to email@example.com.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Delheim is particularly concerned about this year’s drought and what effect it will have on wild mushrooms. Although these events take place at the time of year when there is the largest chance of finding wild mushrooms and the ‘moon is right’, Delheim cannot guarantee that you will find any on the day. A strong focus will however be placed on mushroom education during these events. Even if you don’t find them you will still learn about them and enjoy them during lunchtime.
Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44....
Christmas once again comes early this year as Tulbagh dons its winter cape in the month of June and welcomes the rest of the country to join them for a weekend extravaganza of wonderful winter warmers.
Marvel at the array of Christmas trimmings and glittering lights, take a trip with Father Christmas down historic Church Street and help him hand out treats to the many bright-eyed children, browse through the arts, crafts, photographic exhibitions, art galleries and quaint shops. You’re bound to find something to start filling the Christmas stockings with. Enjoy cheese, Belgian chocolate and olive tastings or join in the chilli eating and various other competitions happening. Jumping castles, pony rides, face painting are just some of the activities that will keep the little ones entertained.
A trip to the Tulbagh valley would be incomplete without a visit to our stunning wine estates. Join the winemakers and their staff for wine tastings, cellar tours and a variety of activities which will be on offer. Along the way you may even discover the age old art of sabrage …
Enticing aromas will send you in search of our gastronomic wonders. Join us for a cup of eggnog or a glass of gluhwein to warm the cockles, enjoy roaring log fires, glittering Christmas trees, winter warmer lunches and traditional Christmas fare and dinners at our world-class restaurants and coffee shops. If you need to catch up on that all important sports score, don’t fear, our Sports Bars are quite near!
The “Rock with Santa Party” on Saturday evening is not to be missed. Jive to the sounds of live music, enjoy much merriment and of course good company!
Come rain, shine or (hopefully) snow, the secluded valley of Tulbagh promises you a festive celebration of Christmas in Winter … [source:tulbaghtourism.org.za]...
Dip-licious delights to ward off the winter blues
Why sing the blues if you can swing to Delheim’s Cheese Fondue & Jazz indulgences, when this popular Stellenbosch wine estate will sizzle with a melting pot of dip-licious delights, every Sunday from 3 July until 28 August.
These laidback lunchtime affairs invite guests to ensconce themselves in the cosy depths of the atmospheric ‘downstairs’ tasting cellar – snug with low ceilings and intimate tables – to sip on quality estate wines and savour the lingering aromas of melted cheese. This is all served up with the mellow sounds of a live jazz band that will keep the toes tapping until late in the afternoon.
“At Delheim we embrace the chill factor to the max this winter. When it is chilly outside we invite you to come and chill with us. These Sunday sessions are for friends and families who want to huddle around sizzling fondue pots for a taste of nostalgia and most importantly have a good time,” shares Charlotte Terblanche, Delheim’s Destination Manager.
Resident Chef Bruce von Pressentin swirls his cheese fondue to an authentic Swiss recipe that oozes deliciousness and combines Emmental, Gruyère and white wine for a hearty ‘blast from the past’. The fondue makes its way to your table with oven fresh bread dippers and vegetable crudités. Guests can also order starters from Delheim’s Garden Restaurant menu at an additional cost.
Delheim’s Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays start at 12h30 and cost R200 per person. A ticket includes a steaming glass of Glühwein to warm the cockles, a shared cheese fondue and the soulful, live music.
These events are hugely popular and pre-bookings are advised. Contact Delheim at Tel: (021) 888 4607 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your cosy table.
Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44....
Every year, in July, Franschhoek celebrates Bastille Day with wine and food tastings, music and markets. “Bastille Day” is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French “Fête Nationale” – commemorating the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison during the French Revolution. With its centuries old French-Huguenot roots, Franschhoek colours red, white and blue while showcasing the best the valley has to offer.
Year after year, this has been a very popular (and crowded) gathering of locals and visitors, who try their hands at the Franschhoek wines and food, jeu de boules and local produce and products, while wearing Paris-style berets for the occasion.
The Food & Wine Marquee, set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument, is the place to be. As winter sets in the marquee is guaranteed to keep out the cold yet still offering exquisite views of the mountain. Ample parking on the grounds allow for comfortable walking distance to and from the village. Sample the superb Franschhoek wines on offer or tickle your taste buds with the selection of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of Franschhoek’s well-known eateries.
Tickets to the Food & Wine Marquee cost R220 person and include entry, a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of five wine tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be redeemed at the festival. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day. Tickets are limited and to avoid disappointment on missing out on all the action pre-booking through www.webtickets is advised.
Adding that extra pizzazz the village, a hive of festival activities, will be kitted out in its finest French flare, as you take in the sights and sounds of all that’s on offer. Boules, markets, fine food and so much more.
For more information visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA....
Time will go by exceptionally slowly in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley when Robertson Slow takes place. Wineries and guest houses from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will welcome visitors into their homes, to their dining tables and onto their farms for a food & wine experience – enjoyed SLOWLY. Dine at the homes of our winemaking families, cook traditional Robertson Country Fare such as Waterblommetjie Bredie, “melktert”, venison and Karoo Lamb and meet our winemakers to taste and discuss their wines....
The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival is a gateway for visitors into the award winning wines of the Overberg. The Overberg wine region produces some of the most sought after wines in the country and you are invited to browse through the wine show, appreciate, delight in and sense the fruit of the vines, and discover your own favourites.
The Hermanus Wine & Food Festival was nominated as one of the 10 best wine festivals in South Africa! Local wineries from Elgin to Elim will present their wines and delectable fares for tasting, not forgetting delectable fares from various food and snack vendors. All the wines on tasting will be available for purchasing during the festival at cellar door prices....
Classical Music, Wine, Food and Art – If art and music are to bring a message, it should be the mirror of gifted personalities who, by virtue of their originality of vision and style, show us how much richer life is than it seems to the ordinary citizen.
U moet asseblief ons natuurskoon bewonder en geniet. Ons mense sal u baie tuis laat voel. Hulle is ons grootste bate. Wamkelekile e Klein Karoo. Yiza uzonkonwabela ubuncwane bokuzibuka kwethu. From music and wine, what sudden friendships spring.
Official 2015 programme:
Klein Karoo Klassique, Oudtshoorn’s festival of classical music, food, art and wine brings top classical musicians to this Karoo town for the seventh time from Thursday, 13 to Sunday, 16 August. On this year’s programme there is music for every classical taste, by international and local artists and composers.
“Following last year’s very successful festival and feedback received from festival goers, we decided to bring some of last year’s favourite artists back in new, exciting combinations. These include the Charl du Plessis Trio, the vocal ensemble of the the Cape Town Opera Choir and the US Symphony Orchestra”, says Rhodé Snyman, CEO of Kunste Onbeperk, the presenter of Klein Karoo Klassique.
The highlight of this year’s Klassique is the Mimi Coertse Galakonsert: Ons Gaan Groot (Sunday, 15 Aug) with Magdalene Minnaar (soprano), Sipho Fubesi (tenor), the Vocal Ensemble of the Cape Town Opera Choir with musical direction by Marvin Kernelle and the US Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Corvin Matei. The passion and drama of the opera can be experienced through this interpretation of world-famous music such as the Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot and the magnificent vocal quartet, Bella figlia dell’amore.
South Africa’s foremost Steinway artist, Charl du Plessis, adapts Mozart’s masterful music in his unique style and takes the audience on an exciting jazz journey in Eine Kleine Jazzmusik (Friday, 14 Aug). He is joined on stage by Magdalene Minnaar (soprano), Musanete Sakupwanya (tenor), Werner Spies (double bass), Hugo Radyn (drums) and the Evolution of 4 string quartet.
The South Cape Children’s Choir, accompanied by Jan-Erik Swart and in conjunction with Jannie Moolman (tenor) and Loveline Madumo (soprano), ends Klassique 2015 with Suid-Afrika in Refrein, a unique programme of beloved, inspiring and truly South African texts and compositions, such as the touching Magaliesbergse Aandlied.
Jan Hugo is a renowned pianist from Bloemfontein who has been studying music in Italy since the age of 13. He shares his passion for romantic music on Sunday, 16 August, with amongst others, music by the popular Chopin in Romantiese reise deur die 19de Eeu.
The programme features music by two quartets, with the Amici string quartet from Cape Town, playing a captivating and diverse repertoire, which includes works by amongst others Mozart, Hendrik Hofmeyr and Dvořák (Friday, 14 Aug) and the Evolution of 4 string quartet from Pretoria, who will take the audience on a musical journey through contrasting worlds with music by Beethoven, Van Wyk and Schuber in Vanaf Wene na die Karoo en Terug (Saturday, 15 Aug).
In Romantiese Sonates (Saturday, 15 Aug) Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) and Ilse Schumann (piano) plays compelling music by Chopin, Grieg and Kreisler. Van der Westhuizen and Schumann both grew up in Stellenbosch, and performed together for the first time in Vienna. They have since developed a deep musical attunement for each other.
Klassique begins with the ATKV Openingskonsert (Thursday, 13 Aug), a recital with Polina Burdukova (cello), the first foreigner to win an ATKV classical music competition, together with the most recent winners of the ATKV’s competitions for vocalists and instrumentalists, Johannes Slabbert (baritone) and Willem de Beer (piano), for an evening of light classical works from well-known musicals.
Local pianist Sulayman Human performs at the festival twice. He is joined by Visser Liebenberg (clarinet) for a programme of music from Saint-Saëns to Brahms (Friday, 14 Aug). With this recital, Human plans to raise funds to complete his doctorate in America. On Saturday, 15 August Human performs with his piano teacher, John Theodore, for the first time in Kykie, dis Klassiek. This performance, also including members of a UCC choir, showcases Oudtshoorn’s classical music talents in three short recitals with a programme of moving church music in a unique setting.
“The affordability of Klassique is a top priority for us and therefore tickets prices are kept affordable and we once again offer a special discounted ticket package, for those who do not want to miss a single note at the festival,” Snyman says. This package, that includes a ticket to every recital, costs R600, a saving of R400. “The reasonable ticket prices (average of R100 per recital) and the special discounted package is made possible by a contribution from the Rupert Music Foundation,” she further states.
According to Snyman the venues used for Klassique were reconsidered. “This year, we are using the NGK Park venue for most of the recitals, following requests from festival visitors for a venue with better lines of sight.”
Visitors can complement their musical experience with delicious meals at a variety of restaurants and coffee shops throughout town, tasting some of the top wines from the vicinity and visit the various galleries in town with exhibitions by the various artists that live in the town.
The full programme is available at www.klassique.co.za and tickets from Computicket or Shoprite / Checkers....
The Winelands Chocolate Festival is taking place at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, with selected exhibitors who will present the very best of the South Africa’s Chocolate industry, including chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, sugar craft artists and confectioners; as well as suppliers of couverture, fillers, fondant, edible decorations, tools, gadgets etc. There are fun activities on both days for adults and for children – and at the Winelands Chocolate Theatre we have expert chocolate demos plus tutored brandy/ whisky and bubbly tastings and wine & chocolate pairing events. To inspire our creative bakers this year, we have great prizes up for grabs for entries in the Creative Cakes competition; We have also negotiated some Accommodation Specials for visitors to Stellenbosch at the time of the chocolate festival....
The Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show displays more than 400 species of freshly picked wildflowers, many of which grow nowhere else in the world, artfully arranged under one roof, illustrating the natural beauty of the Cederberg.
Various exciting activities are on offer throughout the Clanwilliam Wild Flower show which promises the whole family a fun-filled time that will not be forgotten. Flower enthusiasts are invited to get up close and personal with the glorious wild flowers during the various guided walking tours on offer....