Make the most of the Cape winter and head out to the historic Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch for a mellow fireside celebration of Cape Port-Style Wines at the Flavours of Winter Festival on Saturday 30th July, hosted by the Melck family, South Africa’s top Cape Port-Style Wine Producers, and African Cork Suppliers.
Port lovers are invited to cosy up in one of the Cape’s oldest wineries, appreciating the rich and luscious flavours of Cape Port-Style Wines and noshing on delicious winter warmer treats prepared by the Muratie Farm Kitchen. All the wines on show will be available for purchase at cellar door prices. In addition, von Geusau will be tempting taste buds with their decadently delicious hand crafted chocolates.
Venue: Muratie Estate, Stellenbosch
Date: Saturday 30thJuly
Time: 10h30 until 16h00
Cost: R100 per person including a tasting glass
Due to limited space, visitors are advised to book in advance
Telephone: (021) 865 2330 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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....
Three popular Afrikaans word artists are to perform at the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum in Paarl in celebration of Language Day on Thursday 11 August 2016. It is the fourth year that this event is held in collaboration with the Wynland Dameskring.
This year’s theme is “Pure Paarl Plesier”. The programme includes a poetry reading by radio presenter Margot Luyt, a performance by opera singer and TV presenter Lynelle Kenned, as well as an excerpt from the production “Ballade vir ‘n Backtrack” by Paarl musicians André Terblanché and Winand Grundling.
“Taaldag” (Language Day) is celebrated annually to commemorate the founding of the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (GRA) (Association of True Afrikaners) on 14 August 1875. The GRA’s aim was to formalise Afrikaans as a written language. They published the first Afrikaans newspaper, Die Afrikaanse Patriot, in 1876.
The function starts at 19:00 in the Historium Conference Centre next to the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum in Pastorie Avenue. Limited space available. Tickets at R100 are available from the Wynland Dameskring (tel. 021 8631422/0824142278).
Tickets sales are in aid of the Dameskring’s bursary fund for needy Afrikaans students and the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument’s reading project for children, “Laat ons Lees!” Guests are encouraged to donate an Afrikaans children’s book, new or secondhand, in support of this project....
If a slow-cooked Sunday lunch makes you happy as a pig in mud, then join the next Pop Up Lunch of the Bottelary Hills Wine Route when celebrity chef Bertus Basson will pay homage to pork and all its palatable pleasures on 14 August.
It will be all things smoked, seared and sizzling when Bertus, a braai maestro of note, will get ‘piggy with it’ and haul out his custom-built, wood-fuelled spit braais for a pork-inspired three course lunch. The winemakers of this prime winegrowing pocket, situated northwest of Stellenbosch, will add extra taste with their esteemed wines.
“You say bacon…I say I’m there! Long gone are the days that pork is seen as the ‘other white meat’ and at this fire-inspired winemakers’ Sunday lunch we will celebrate it in all its golden, crackling glory. Bertus loves braaing and the bigger the better which certainly adds smokin’ hot spectator value to our Pop Up events,” shares Elmarie Rabe, Manager of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
This ‘Pig Out’ three-course lunch is the second in a series of ‘all-fired-up’ Pop Up Lunches, hosted by the friendly wine folk of the Bottelary Hills region in collaboration with Bertus, with each one happening at a different wine estate dotted along this sub wine route and featuring a different meat hero on the heat.
Groenland Wine Estate is where the fires will be lit this time round, and friends and families are encouraged to swap their own Sunday pork roasts for a laidback South African feast, fuelled with layered flavours and guests helping themselves from big platters on the table.
“We recently had spits build and I firmly believe that spits should be done with real wood and charcoal and none of that gas nonsense,” adds Bertus who is famed for the phenomenal success of one of Stellenbosch’s finest Winelands restaurants, Overture, and is a seasoned judge on the Ultimate Braai Master TV show.
Prior to lunch, enthusiasts will be able to savour some of the Bottelary Hills wines in the warm, unpretentious company of their makers and guests can order and purchase wine on the day.
The great charm of the Bottelary Hills Wine Route, nestled along the R304 and M23, comes from the fact that most of the farms have been family-owned for many generations. This rich sense of history, commitment and family radiates in both the wines and the welcoming atmosphere of this area. It is home to some of the oldest wine farms in the country including the likes of Beyerskloof, Goede Hoop, Groenland, Hartenberg, Mooiplaas and Villiera.
The pork-inspired Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch at Groenland Estate on 14 August will start at 12h30 and costs R350 per person, which includes the wine tasting, the three course meal, and a glass of wine per course. Pre-bookings are essential as seating is limited. Book your seats on www.wineroute.co.za or Tel: (021) 886 8275 or email@example.com.
Groenland Wine Estate, pride of the Steenkamp Family, is situated on the M23 Bottelary Road off the R304 to Stellenbosch. For more information on this estate visit www.groenland.co.za.
The third and final Bottelary Hills Wine Route Pop Up Lunch for 2016 will take place at Kaapzicht Estate on 4 December where fresh fish on the coals will steal the shows...
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....
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....
If happiness is a shared meal, then Gabriëlskloof Restaurant, the gorgeously appointed culinary hotspot on the ‘koppie’ outside Bot River, is your happy place this winter, where their new Sharing Sundays cater for slow-cooked, shared meals a la family style.
>From 1 May until the end of August, the concept of shareable cuisine will take on a nostalgic charm at this wine and olive farm in the Overberg, with each Sunday saluting a different ‘family feast’ with wholesome dishes cooked from the larder and land.
“There is a huge difference between ‘sharing a meal’ and ‘sharing food’. With our Sharing Sundays we invite people to ditch their winter hibernation for a communal, happy high. It is all about simple, slow cooked family meals served on big platters where everyone can help themselves and share in a delicious selection of heritage fare at their own table,” explains Chef Frans Groenewald who is renowned for his heart and soul food, served with true ‘platteland’ passion and a generous hand.
“With our Sharing Sundays we want people to engage with their more prosocial selves and get cosy and content, while we chase away the winter chills with great food, wine and company,” adds Frans, a fan of rich sauces, bold flavours and real farm butter.
Changing weekly, these family feasts will range from Osso Buco and hearty sides to Tomato Bredie with tables brimming with country fare; Coq au Vin with a touch of ‘Frans’ to rustic farm chicken with tasty, earthy comforts to brighten even the greyest of winter‘s days. A large fireplace and comfy nook with sofas, round off a relaxed, homey ambience which entices visitors to indulge, recharge and genuinely slow down.
In addition to its Sharing Sundays which cost R250 per person for this three course family feast, Gabriëlskloof also lifts the lid on wholesome country goodness with a new A La Carte Winter Menu, with a two course meal costing R185 and a three course indulgence R215.
Gabriëlskloof Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on Tuesdays and bookings are essential. To reserve your table at this delicious destination, where convivial, country hospitality meets genuine people and real food and wine with a sense of place, contact Tel: 028 284 9865 or send an email to email@example.com.
Gabriëlskloof Estate is just outside Bot River, on the Swartrivier Road, off the N2....
Widely regarded as one of the most unique arts festivals in the world, the Voorkamerfest takes place annually during the first week of September. The 21 houses in which the different performances take place, range from small township abodes to some of Darling’s grand Cape Dutch homes, and the owners play host to the guests and introduce the performers who hail from South Africa and Europe.
The acts, performed in local Darling resident’s living rooms, include a variety of dance, musical and drama genres, comedy, storytelling and magic – once again feeding the curiosity of those audience members who might not get the chance to attend a performance of any of the selected genres being show cased....
The close-knit winemaking community of the small town of Bot River, is set for its annual Spring Weekend which promises an authentic bouquet of all things exceptional and exclusive to this unsung Overberg gem from 2 to 4 September 2016.
Home to eminent wine mavericks, Bot River features 11 wine farms – most of them family-owned and run – and during the Spring Weekend each of them will share something unique to their ‘farm cupboard’. Albeit olive oils, fresh produce, deli offerings, honest wines, farm fare, indigenous greenery or local talent, it will be a sumptuous showcase of Bot River’s brimming ‘pantry of delights’.
“Bot River’s chilled approach to life and playful camaraderie amongst its winemakers is infectious and makes one feel part of the community almost instantaneously. As if our genuine hospitality is not enough to perk you up, the scenic drive to our Botriviera, especially this time of year when it features rolling green pastures and vivid canola fields, guarantees to put the spring back into any jaded city dweller’s step,” shares Kobie Viljoen of Villion Wines and current Bot River Vineyards Chairperson.
But this heart shaped town offers far more than just fine wines and fresh air and it is during this weekend of homegrown goodness that visitors will experience its distinct, laid-back character and quirky, country charm whilst interacting with its amicable farm owners and winemakers.
“One day in our company is simply not enough so we are opening our doors for the whole weekend so that visitors can soak up, sip, savour and share in our passions and pleasures. The stuff that makes us stand out from other wine routes, with lots of barrels of fun thrown in for good measure,” explains Melissa Nelsen, Cap Classique maven and creator of Genevieve MCC.
The Bot River Spring Weekend kicks off in high spirits with a sommelier lead Bot River Magnum Magnificence at Beaumont Wine Estate, one of the oldest wine establishments in the area, on Friday, 2 September. Local producers will haul out their ‘big boys’ from the cupboards, for some of South Africa’s top sommeliers to match them with delectable pairings. Top end stuff!
On Saturday and Sunday (3 & 4 September) the farms dotted along this 10 km enclave – a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town – will entice visitors with their true talents and tastes. This includes a sausage making course at Luddite, famous for its technology-resistant winemaking philosophy. Here Genevieve MCC will also treat enthusiasts to Oysters & Bubbles all weekend long and have magnums of its newly released 2012 vintage on sale.
Early birds can rise to a hearty breakfast at Goedvertrouw and avid outdoors fans can lace up for a guided fynbos hike amongst the Nguni Stud at Paardenkloof Estate where family picnics prevail.
Nature lovers will also have a blast at the Ecology Lifestyle Farm, with specials on fynbos plants at their nursery and Paardenkloof wine tastings and pairings to coax the senses. Or why not fill your own picnic basket, with fresh farm goodies, all served up with live music and a petting zoo for the kids.
Other delicious lunch destinations en route include Forage Restaurant at Wildekrans where the chef roams the pastures and forages for fresh ingredients to offer an indigenous dining experience.
Gabriëlskloof, nestle atop a hill with awe-inspiring views of the Overberg, is another must-visit during your spring-capades as they are famous for hearty, slow-cooked meals Gran would be proud of. During the Spring Weekend they will also be experimenting with tasty pickles and preserves in their kitchen, sell it in their deli and pair it with their elegant wines in the tasting room. #yumbucket.
Child-friendly hosts for the weekend include Beaumont Estate, where a pink sweet stall, pink kiddies bowling action, a playground and tractor rides will keep the little ones entertained whilst adults can feast on gorgeous jewellery, plant and produce boxes, delicious food and stellar wines. Barton Estate, all decked out with a jumping castle and tractor rides, will tempt passersby with complimentary canapé and wine or beer pairings and a wine blending competition.
A highlight event of the Spring Weekend will take place at Maramanna Polo Estate on the Saturday evening where a Pink Gin and Bubble Polo affair will end off the day’s entertainment with fun-loving action, locally made gin and a bubbly bar.
“We will have some bubble soccer on the go for those who are up for a quick game of ‘inflated’ action. You know those big bubbles kids usually play with on water. Imaging those… but with adults in them, trying to kick a goal through the posts. It should make for some hilarious viewing while we all sip on flutes of bubbly and G&T’s,” chuckles Penny Verburg of Luddite Wines.
The Spring Weekend 2016 promises Bot River bliss at its best and all farms will be open from 10am until 4pm on both days. Tickets are available at www.quicket.co.za and a weekend pass costs R100 per adult which includes a wine glass; an informative booklet to be collected at the tourism office opposite the local hotel, and two days of bountiful discoveries.
Limited tickets for the exclusive Magnum Tasting & Dinner at Beaumont cost R450 per person and include rare cellar releases, fabulous food and sheer sommelier excellence. Tickets for the Pink Gin and Bubble Polo sunset party which starts at 5pm cost R150 per head and include a welcome drink, a happy box of spring snacks and the bubble soccer action.
And would you like transport? R100 per person per day, will take you round to the farms of your choice.
For accommodation options in the area visit: www.botriverwines.com.
For more information on the Bot River Spring Weekend 2016 contact Melissa Nelsen at
Cell: 083 302 6562 or email Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za.
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....
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!...
* 2016 dates to be confirmed * 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 longstanding event will see approximately 1 350 passionate fitness and health enthusiasts competing in various swimming, cycling and running challenges. The series of events includes a 1.5km or 3km long swim, duathlon (5km run/20km cycle/2.5km run), biathlon (5km run/20km cycle) and triathlon (800m swim/20km cycle/5km run) where participants can compete individually or as part of a team. Younger kids can compete in the FitKids challenge (1km run, 200m swim, 1km run) or the Run for Fun (1km).
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 will be 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.
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....
International Pinotage Day...
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....