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.
Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor. The fifth annual Poetry in McGregor is happening from August 25th to 27th. Aimed at promoting community spirit, giving a stage to well-known poets as well as nurturing talented young artists, this special weekend offers poets from all over the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect extraordinary poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.
There is a great range of poets performing at various venues at this year`s event: Koos Kombuis, Ashley Dowds, Hugh Hodge, John Maytham, Nic de Jager, Kobus Moolman, Lungiswa Nyatyowa, Lerato Sibanda, Philip de Vos, Diana Ferrus, Daniel Hugo, Lara Kirsten, Fanie Olivier, Koos van der Merwe, Mavis Vermaak, Wendy Woodward and many more. A Complete list of all the performing poets can be found at http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/2017-poets/
Tickets a Computicket from mid July.
Wine lovers should diarise Friday 25 August from 17h00-21h00 and Saturday 26 August 13h00-18h00 when the 6th “We Love Wine at Capegate” festival kicks off with 24 wineries from all over South Africa showing off their finest!
The event includes free attendance at the Cape Wine Academy Wine Theatre where visitors can enjoy tutored pairings, specialised tastings and learn more about wine from the experts.
Participating producers are: Badsberg, Bonfire Hill Wines, Bonnievale Wines, Deux Freres Wines, Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, Front Row Wines, Fryer’s Cove Winery, Haute Espoir, Imbuku Wines, Kingna Distillery, MWS – Montagu Wine & Spirits, Overhex Wines, Louisvale, Orange River Wines, Perdeberg Wines, Peter Bayley Wines, Roger Clayton Wines, Ruitersvlei, Stellenbosch Hills, The Fledge & Co, Triple Three Gin, Villiersdorp Cellar, Winkelshoek Cellar, Yonder Hill
The charity beneficiary is The Pebbles Project. More information about their work is available at www.pebblesproject.co.za
Tickets are R75 each from www.computicket.com or R90 at the door. The ticket price includes the tastings, a branded glass and free entry into the CWA Theatre.
Visit the Capegate Facebook page for the latest news and updates or www.capegatecentre.co.za
What on earth is a Scottish Braai? Join the Stellenbosch wine route of Bottelary Hills and acclaimed chef George Jardine for a special, fire-side lunch at Kaapzicht Wine Estate on 27 August to find out. Scottish-born Jardine takes centre-stage with wines from the unique region of Bottelary Hills at this second event in a trio of Bottelary Hills Winemakers Pop Up Lunches.
Tables will be set around an open fire where Jardine will apply his culinary wizardry in this theatre of fine fare, conjured up from the best locally-sourced ingredients. At the same time, there’s the opportunity to get to know some of the personalities at the head of generations of wine expertise now responsible for the wines of Bottelary Hills.
The Bottelary Hills Winemakers Pop Up Lunches have become an eagerly anticipated foodie event that showcases the essence of the Bottelary Hills wine region: family heritage, award-winning wine and authentic hospitality. Every year, a top chef is recruited to become conductor of festivities.
George Jardine has built a loyal following through a number of successful restaurants and his most recent project – the fine dining eatery in the heart of Stellenbosch, Restaurant Jardine. The first Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch saw Jardine mesmerise an audience of diners at Hartenberg Wine Estate while the series concludes on November 19 at Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve.
In addition to Kaapzicht and Mooiplaas, farms that are participating in this year’s event are Hazendal, Hartenberg, and Bellevue.
The lunch at Kaapzicht Wine Estate gets underway at 12:30.
Tickets are R550pp and include a wine tasting before the meal; the meal itself, with dishes expertly paired with individual wines; and, a bottle of superb wine from the Bottelary Hills region to take home.
Booking for every one of the popular events is required as the tickets are limited. To make a reservation or see a map of Bottelary Hills, visit the Stellenbosch Wine Routes website at www.wineroute.co.za. For more information phone (021) 886 8275.
Get social and share your experience with Stellenbosch Wine Routes on Twitter @StellWineRoute and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StellWineRoute).
Winter is on its way and it’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy a glass of wine in front of a cosy fireplace whilst tucking into a hearty bowl of soup and home baked bread. This winter Lanzerac Wine Estate, home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage, invites you to join them during May, June, July and August for a series of after-work winter inspired tastings. The tastings will be presented in the comfort of the Tasting Room and the inviting fireplace is guaranteed to add extra warmth from the cold weather. Look forward to sampling some of Lanzerac’s new release wines as well as a few favourites such as the Cabernet Sauvignon and iconic Pinotage. Before making your way back home after the tasting enjoy a hearty bowl of delicious soup and home baked breads on offer. This will also be the perfect opportunity to stock up on wines which will be on sale at cellar door prices.
The tastings, which will start at 5:30pm, are scheduled for 31 May, 29 June, 26 July and 31 August. Pre-booking is essential as space is limited to 30 guests per evening to ensure an intimate wine tasting experience. The cost of R95 per person includes a welcome drink, the wine tasting and a light dinner of soup and bread afterwards. Your winter warmer evening will conclude by 8pm, allowing some extra time at home to unwind before calling it a day.
Contact Zelda Furstenburg at Lanzerac Wine Estate on 021 886 5641 or email@example.com for queries or to book your seat.
1 JUN – 31 AUG 2017 / Wine & Brandy tasting @ R100 per person / Sweet Temptation tasting @ R60 per person
* 2017 dates not yet confirmed. Please check voorkamerfest-darling.co.za for the latest updates * 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.
Bot River explodes with colour for 2017 Spring Weekend. Follow the rainbow for fanciful farm hopping and pantry shopping.
Let the bluebird of happiness lead you over the rainbow when the annual Spring Weekend comes to the pretty little village of Bot River on 1-3 September and a kaleidoscope of exciting wine, food and genuine, country-style fun explodes.
Just like the rainbow-theme it has adopted this year, the people of this Overberg town have lined up a dazzling spectrum of activities and fun that showcase the best of the region. In celebration of the awakening of nature in all its forms, all the participating wine farms will throw open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce through convivial farm hopping and pantry shopping.
“The wineries of Bot River are truly a welcoming community and the Spring Weekend is one of our favourite occasions to showcase our farms and the riches to be found on them,” says Melissa Nelsen of Genevieve MCC.
“This is what makes Bot River a real rainbow village, a place we’re proud to call our home. And this is what our Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend is all about. It’s a celebration of the diversity of our village in all its magnificent colour and swag.”
The tone for the jam-packed weekend programme will be set at the Best of Bot Wines exclusive dinner on Friday, 1 September. The event stars Forage restaurant executive chef Gregory Henderson, renowned for roaming local pastures in search of ingredients for his indigenous dining experiences; Higgo Jacobs, head of the SA Association of Sommeliers, and fellow sommelier Ewan Mackenzie. Together they will present an expert food and wine pairing showcase, which offers the perfect context leading into the weekend. It takes place at Wildekrans Wine Estate. Tickets are R850pp, must be purchased through Quicket (details below), and include a Spring Weekend pass.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Bot River’s participating wineries will turn on the charm, each representing a colour of the rainbow. They include newcomer to the Bot River wine family, Arcangeli Family Vineyards; Barton Vineyards; Villion Wines; Luddite Wines; Genevieve MCC; Beaumont Family Wines; Gabrielskloof Wine Estate; Rivendell Estate & Vineyards; Paardenkloof Estate; and, Maremmana Estate.
Why be a shrinking violet if you can unleash your inner Italian at the new Arcangeli Wines where a BARolo wine bar with an Italian-South African twist is on offer? Violet is of course, Arcangeli’s part in this rainbow theme as it presents a rare food and wine experience.
It’s orange for the vines at Barton Wines, which dishes up a smorgasbord of fun from burgers to paintball, wine blending to tractor rides. Enter the wine blending competition and stand a chance to win a two-night stay in one of the Barton Villas.
Wildekrans goes pretty in pink for the whole weekend, serving up its MCC Brut Rosé as you enter its gates. Enjoy a light meal at the wine tasting room or something more formal at Forage; bring the kids for tractor rides and the jungle gym too.
Villion Family Wines waves a big red flag for spring this year, hailing the season as nature’s way of declaring: let’s party! Book your table and don’t forget your comfortable shoes for the Spit & Skoffel dinner dance on 2 September from 19:30. There will be Overberg lamb on the spit, complimentary wines per table and a wine bar too. The event takes place at the Afdaksrivier Nursery and tickets for the three-course dinner, wines and dance are only R385pp.
Villion’s wines can be tasted throughout the weekend at the nursery too, where there’s a large garden, sandpit and jumping castle for children and a coffee shop.
Silver is the colour for Luddite – a colour fitting of sterling wines and sublime experience awaiting visitors to the farm during the festival. In addition to latest vintage releases on offer, including the alluring Saboteur White 2017, there will be the extraordinary food truck run by Jason from the eponymous Cape Town bakery.
Beaumont Family Wines lays claim to blue. Think little flowers and azure skies – and how you’ll feel if you fail to book for the special vertical tasting of the Hope Marguerite, a benchmark South African Chenin blanc. Have kids? Don’t worry: there’s a childminder on duty for the whole weekend, catered lunch and daily activities.
Genevieve MCC will be decked out in a celebratory turquoise to present breakfast with bubbles at its new home – Klein Botrivier Farm on the Karwyderskraal Road. Grub’s up at 09:00 to 11:30, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are R200; booking is essential and should be made through Quicket or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also pop in for a tasting; learn to sabrage a bottle like a cavalry rider; and, linger longer with cheese and charcuterie platters.
Mellow yellow is the colour of Gabriëlskloof Estate, a stunning, family-friendly destination surrounded by wheat and canola fields for most of the year. The restaurant menu will be inspired by spices and heritage cooking with mielies, curried fish, bobotie and the like. For something lighter, try the tasting room’s new Mzansi Tapas Taster platters at R250/couple which comes with 4 estate wines to taste. Kids under 12 eat for free from the kiddies menu.
For Rivendell Estate & Vineyards, there’s the shimmer of gold, the promise of a royal experience. Settle in for a long lunch and wall-to-ceiling views of the vineyards and mountains, to enjoy its special wine and canapé tasting plate in the spirit of spring.
The essence of the season is reflected in green – the colour for Paardenkloof Ecology Lifestyle Farm. Enjoy wine tasting and a festival of fynbos in its Garden Restaurant and farm market. Attend a talk on landscaping with fynbos, each day at 09:00; and, order a picnic basket for lunch. Bring the children and their gumboots to explore the veggie patch, cuddle in the petting zoo or simply navigate the jungle gym. Then, wrap up each day from 17:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an evening of live jazz, pizza and sundowners: tickets are R180pp and must be booked by contacting email@example.com or 079 504 3593.
Sundowners will also be served up at Maremmana Polo Estate, where you can relax with a drink and a boerewors roll as all the rainbow colours recede from the sky. The rainbow bar opens on Saturday evening from 17:00 to 19:30.
Tickets for the 2017 Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend cost R100 per person and can be purchased, along with tickets to individual events, at www.quicket.co.za unless specified otherwise. The weekend pass includes an armband and wine glass, which you may collect at the Bot River tourism office. Quicket stations will also be at Beaumont, Gabriëlskloof, and Wildekrans on the weekend. Youngsters under 18 years may enter for free.
For accommodation options in the area visit: www.botriverwines.com.
For more information on the Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend 2017 contact Melissa Nelsen at cell: 083 302 6562 or email Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za.
THE WINES of Bot River have all gone wild by pairing up with natural food straight from nature. The quaint town on the edge of the Overberg’s rolling hills makes a bold statement by pairing the wines of the region with wild foods from the area in a marathon dinner titled The Best of Botrivier Wines on Friday, 1 September 2017 at Forage Restaurant at the Wildekrans Wine Estate.
Celebrating Mother Nature’s deliciousness, this evening marks the start of Bot River’s annual Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend (1–3 September), when the town will explode with a dazzling kaleidoscope of exciting wine, food and genuine, country-style fun activities that showcase the best of the region. During the weekend all the participating wine farms will throw open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce through convivial farm hopping and pantry shopping.
Organised by the Bot River Wine Association (BWA), the exclusive Best of Botrivier Wines Dinner is set to be four-and-a-half hours long. Taking part in the feast will be Wildekrans, Villon Wines, Luddite, Genevieve, Gabrielskloof, Beaumont, Barton and Arcangeli, and patrons can taste their wines paired with exceptional dishes created for the festival.
The wines, to be revealed at the dinner, were selected and paired by sommeliers Higgo Jacobs and Ewan MacKenzie and Chef Gregory Henderson.
The wines will be served alongside dishes such as askoek with smoked goats cheese curd and kapokbos; white mussels with rose geranium, lime leaf oil, sea spinach and bokkoms; razor clam with rock samphire, kelp spaghetti and kerrie safflower spume; perlemoen with pork jowl, trout roe and wild black garlic; guinea fowl with bietou gel, watsonia bulb spread and veldkool pickle.
To source food from nature or foraging, thought to be first made popular by Danish two star Michelin chef René Redzepi, has hit South Africa and found a foothold in the Overberg.
Chef Henderson a local master forager and the man in charge of the restaurant at Wildekrans aptly named Forage, every day roams the pastures of the Overberg looking for natural and healthy foraged ingredients.
“When man was still close to his animalistic nature he had to acquire food through foraging the earth he walked on by hunting wild animals, fishing creatures from the sea or rivers, and collecting nutritious wild fruits, flowers, leafs and roots.
But as modern people, going back to our culinary roots – no pun intended – is greatly beneficial as game meat and free ranging fish are generally free from man-made contaminants, while the veld is a source of food rich in vitamins, minerals and Omega 3,” says Henderson.
“Good wine is all about provenance and terroir, and thus not much different from what Mother Nature intends for the natural plants of her earth and the animals that roam or swim here,” says BWA chairperson Kobie Viljoen.
“It just made sense to explore the wild side of Bot River with our wines, while we showcase the best of the best in the region’,” he says.
The Best of Botrivier Wines dinner costs R850 per person which includes a Bot River Spring Weekend pass. The evening starts at 19h00 and limited tickets are available at www.quicket.co.za https://www.quicket.co.za/events/21276-bot-river-spring-weekend/#/
For information contact Ewan MacKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the 2017 Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend cost R100 per person and can be purchased, along with tickets to individual events, at www.quicket.co.za. The weekend pass includes an armband and wine glass, which you may collect at the Bot River tourism office. Quicket stations will also be at Beaumont, Gabriëlskloof, and Wildekrans on the weekend. Youngsters under 18 years may enter for free.
For accommodation options in the area visit: www.botriverwines.com.
For more information on the Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend 2017 contact Melissa Nelsen at cell: 083 302 6562 or email Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za.
The annual Waterblommetjie Festival at Rhebokskloof offers Waterblommetjie dishes and wine pairings, many children’s activities, live entertainment, and more.
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.
The Diemersfontein Original Coffee Chocolate Pinotage is a young wine made to be drunk early. We bottle each year in July or August – after an oaky immersion for just five months. Ready to enjoy soon thereafter – and though you can reserve it a little, – it’s at its best in the first year or two. (However, fans don’t generally wait that long!)
No wine is ever exactly the same year on year, and we do taste some vintage variation. The fans of course love to argue about their favourites and the merits of each. But we will always maintain the essential features of this phenomenal wine – the consistency that comes from using only the highest quality grapes from the Wellington region and the same fermentation and oak maturation process every year.
Over the past 15 vintages, this unique Pintage has received numerous awards and accolades. It was quite literally out of the starting blocks when it won a place in the ABSA Top Ten, followed shortly thereafter with a Trophy at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards for best Pinotage, silver at Wine Style Asia, Silver in Nova Scotia, Michelangelo Gold 2006, and the list continued to grow. One of the best acknowledgements included when in April 2007, Neil Pendock christened it “The People’s Pinotage” after his consumer survey in the South African Sunday Times found that it was the “overwhelming favorite” of all Pinotages! Since then the people have spoken again by voting it “The Best Red Wine on Show” at Winex in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2008/9/10, and the awards continue today.
CAVALLI GALLERY PRESENTS: BLINK | A GROUP STUDENT EXHIBITION
23. 07. 2017 – 03. 09. 2017
The exhibition will open on Sunday, 23 July, between the hours of 4pm & 6pm
“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? — and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ — then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.”
– Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
Cavalli Gallery in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch’s Visual Art Department is proud to present BLINK.
The student artists were asked to explore and draw inspiration from the readings of Susan Sontags ‘Regarding The Pain of Others’ and Albie Sach’s ‘Spring Is Rebellious.’
The artists were then encouraged to create work that focused on the notion of seeing, noticing and recording, looking critically at the context within which they see, and re-see the world around them.
The exhibition spans video, performance, drawing, photography, installation and sculptural works of art.
Exhibited artists: Strauss Louw, Chelsea Young, Kirstin Warries, Emma Aspeiling, Paul Marais, Carina Jansen, Nadja Reinmuth, Estèe Skein, McKayla Carstens, Rushda Deaney, Trude Gunther, Brad Jackson, Amy Pike, Megan Serfontein and Simone Verfaille.
The exhibition will run until the 03 September 2017. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 10h00 – 18h00.
Exhibition curated by Amy Lyn Eveleigh
For more information please contact the gallery on email@example.com / 021 855 3218
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.
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
The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 16 and 17 September, is the perfect excuse to bid Winter farewell and embrace the splendor of Spring, as your taste buds are treated to a plethora of superb wines from one of SA’s premier wine destinations.
Sample new releases wines as well as a handful of gems as you travel from farm to farm throughout the weekend. The Franschhoek Vignerons will be pulling out all the stops to ensure you have the most amazing wine experience. New release wines may include Summer inspired Rosés or lighter styled reds, whilst the gems is anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure is that if you’re not there you’re missing out. The festival offerings are the perfect opportunity to stock up for the upcoming festive season or that special celebration you have planned.
Adding to the festivities visitors will be kept entertained for hours with the activities on offer at the participating farms. Ranging from live music, giant Jenga or Spanish inspired entertainment, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.
Wine tasting is bound to work up an appetite and here the farms have it all sorted out. Choices include gourmet sit down meals or simply mouthwatering tapas style food. Guaranteed to fill any gap.
With so much on offer be sure to make a weekend of your Uncorked experience. Choose from a wide selection of accommodation establishments in and around the valley to make your weekend so much more memorable.
Valid for the entire weekend, the Franschhoek Uncorked Pass costs R150 per person and pre-booking through www.webtickets.co.za is essential. Your pass includes entry to the participating farms, a complimentary tasting glass and tastings of the wines on show.
For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861, visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA, for regular updates.
Somerset West Playhouse presents another run of Calendar Girls – it was so popular in March 2017 that we’re showing it again this September!
Afternoons: 3pm on August 16, 17, 23
Evenings: 7.30pm on August 14, 15 16, 20, 21, 22, 23
Calendar Girls is a play about friendship, love and loss. It is an endearing comedy which celebrates women who have not ‘gone to seed’ but are at their most glorious – as real, quirky, funny, heartfelt, wholesome women: the svelte and the lumpy; the stars and the wallflowers. You may have women just like these in your own life – if you do, you are very lucky! Join the women of the Women’s Institute in northern England on their journey from tai chi to chips via a whirlwind of tears, trepidation, triumph and above all, laughter. This is a very funny play, packed with great one-liners!
Under the direction of HHDS chairman Darryl Spijkers (Wizard of Oz, Blood Brothers, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Steel Magnolias and more), and set design by multiple Cape Amateur Theatre Award nominee Zanodean Cassiem, the show is set to impress.
Calendar Girls has been huge hit on stages throughout the world. It is based on a true story of members of a Women’s Institute in England who created an “alternative” WI calendar to raise funds for the Leukaemia Research Foundation following the death of one of their husbands. The film, probably better known than the play, opened in 2003 to great acclaim, winning the British Comedy Award. Helen Mirren as Chris and Julie Walters playing Annie garnered further nominations. The play opened in the West End, London in 2009 and has now been re-created as a musical called The Girls which premiered in London on 28 January 2017.
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 Hermanus Whale Festival, being the oldest and largest festival on the Cape Whale Coast in South Africa, is a celebration of the whales and all marine life – above and below the ocean! Packed with community and cultural activities, we dish up great food, quality crafters, great sport events, kiddies entertainment, a music stage with artists consciously performing during the festival, a Vintage Car Show, an interactive marine themed eco village, adventure activities down in the Old Harbour and of course whale watching- Land, Boat and Air based whale watching!
Strandfontein’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 Strandfontein hospitality. Die hele dorp vorm die feesterrein met stalletjies in die strate, eetplekke en drie verhoë. Die hoofverhoog is in die natuurlike amfiteater van die Perdeskoen. ’n Produksie-vertoning vorm die kern van ons aabod. Daar is ‘n dagverhoog by Kommetjie, en ook ‘n Laatnagkuier-verhoog.
The Goatshed restaurant at Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl is hosting another annual series of its famous winter evenings. After last year’s sold-out events, the hearty food-and-wine dinners are back by demand. From the beginning of June to the end of September 2017, the Goatshed – which is usually a day venue – will be open on seven selected evenings and will serve a three-course paired menu.
Co-owner of the country-style eatery, Shannon Riley plays host while resident chef, SJ Nel serves up well-loved Fairview classics alongside themed dinners that are inspired by a world of cultures and tastes. Fairview is renowned for its award-winning selection of artisanal cheeses and a broad range of handcrafted, star-quality wines, and these will once again be a staple feature of the winter evenings.
Under floor heating, wood fires and soul-warming wines will melt the cold Cape Town winter, allowing guests to fully enjoy the exceptional quality of Fairview’s fresh farm produce. In addition to cheese and wine, Fairview produces its own free-range lamb, beef and pork, farm butter, fresh artisanal loaves and pastries that are baked daily, a range of olives, preserves, relishes, spreads and cordials.
Each winter evening comes with a different theme and presents dishes inspired by international destinations. As these evenings sell-out in advance, pre-booking is essential. The evenings take place on the following dates:
9 June: Italian Feast
23 June: Cape Malay Tribute
14 July: Fairview Free-range Lamb Shank & Shiraz
28 July: Greek Celebration
25 August: Fairview Free-range Lamb Shank & Shiraz
8 September: Italian Feast
29 September: Moroccan
Tickets are R395 per person and include a 3-course meal and wine. Each course is paired with award-winning Fairview wines.
To book your seats for this delectable food experience please go to www.fairview.co.za and book online via the events page.
Fairview recommends the following neighbouring farms for overnight accommodation:
Diamant Estate: http://www.diamantestate.com/
Contact Andre on 079 954 9660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit Fairview on http://www.fairview.co.za/.
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.
Sample wines & foods from market stalls, in true McGregor style, with an artistic flavour …
From modest beginnings our wineries have blossomed into a diverse and popular group, from garagiste through boutique to co-operative, making fruity whites, irresistible rosé, robust reds, beautiful blends, warming soetes and even an organic bubbly. Gastronomic finger food from corndogs and spiral chips to stir-fry and curries will complement in style.
It’s been described as the most fun, the most affordable and the least pretentious of any food and wine fest. Winemakers of local cellars present their valley wines and village chefs and caterers tempt with fare that ranges from rustic to topnotch, from trad to trendy.
Contact McGregor Tourism on 023 625 1954 for more information.