In celebration of the year Bartholomeus Klip opened its doors, we have reduced our room rates, now from R1997 per night per person sharing. An early winter special, running from 1 April to 30 June, which includes all meals and activities: brunch, high tea, dinner as well as guided drives in the Elandsberg Nature Reserve and endless hiking and cycling possibilities. SA Residents, Direct Bookings Only. Check availability and book online: https://goo.gl/PC7DFz
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/.
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]
Join Nicola Neethling from Flour & Oil Food Courses, Catering and Spices, for a hands-on North Indian culinary course at Bartholomeus Klip just outside Riebeek Kasteel. All ingredients will be supplied, so you can just arrive and get cooking. We pair our main dishes with wines from our Valley to extend your experience of Indian cuisine. You will also be given a whole spice demonstration which will enable you to duplicate our recipes at home. Enquiries and bookings can be mailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s mushroom time again! Soon, wild mushroom foragers will head into the forests in search of these delicious delicacies that only pop out for a short time in the year and you’ve got the chance to join them too. Delheim Estate’s popular Mushroom Forage on 15, 16, 30 June and 1 July will open up the mesmerising world of the fascinating fungi and teach you how to identify, forage and clean your very own, hand-picked mushrooms.
Participants are limited to 40 people per day, which allows Delheim to maintain the delicate balance between sharing a family passion and protecting the environment where the mushrooms appear.
Delheim’s Mushroom Forage was awarded “Highly Commended” in the Best Wine Event category in the Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge 2017.
It is a phenomenal achievement to be recognized amongst top international wineries so you can be sure you’ll enjoy a high calibre, memorable experience!
These fun(gi) excursions have run annually over a number of years and become hugely popular due to the magical experience as well as the hosts themselves – Delheim’s Nora Sperling-Thiel and Gary “The Mushroom Fundi” Goldman. Both are experienced foragers and talented educators, who lead these ‘silent hunts’ along with the family’s inimitable Jack Russells.
Nora learned the art of seasonal foraging from her mother and has been collecting mushrooms on their wine farm since she was a child. “Foraging is searching for a little magic,” she says. “You never know if you will find some mushrooms but when you do, it makes you feel as excited as a child.”
The day begins with an enlightening workshop on mushroom identification in the farm’s vat cellar, followed by a short walk to the mushroom hunt in Delheim’s lush pine forest. Foragers will then head for the estate’s Garden Restaurant where Chef Bruce von Pressentin lays on a three-course meal that showcases these flavoursome marvels. Lunch starts with a trio of starters where various mushrooms are perfectly paired with Delheim wines that your taste buds will relish. The dishes range from sautéed oysters, pickled shiitake, foie gras parfait with wild mushroom bon bons to baked Valrhona chocolate and porcini teacups.
“It’s an incredible privilege to be able to pick such a delicious ingredient only a short walk from the kitchen to produce stunning, inspired meals. I can’t wait to go out early on a misty morning to forage for mushrooms,” says Bruce.
This unique gourmet food and wine experience is for adults only and costs R695 per person. It includes the informative workshop, mushroom hunt, a tantalising mushroom-themed food and wine experience and a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy at home. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket and should bring their own pocket knife and baskets for the hunt. The events will still take place even if it rains and all the fun starts at 09:30 until 14:30 but book off the rest of your day to make the most of the beautiful, serene surroundings.
Bookings open on 30 April only and all tickets should be booked via Computicket. For more information visit www.delheim.com
IMPORTANT: The appearance of wild mushrooms depends completely on natural phenomena that are impossible to forecast with absolute accuracy, particularly after long periods of drought. Although the Delheim events take place during the high season for wild mushrooms, the estate cannot guarantee the appearance of mushrooms on the day.
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.
DStv is proud to be a partner of this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, now in its 24th year. The festival, a multisensory experience, will take you on a journey of all things French including a mountain bike race, a food and wine extravaganza and so much more.
This year’s festival will be bigger and better with the addition of a hospitality package inspired by Joie de Vivre, “the joy of living”; from 13 to 16 July which offers guests the opportunity to extend their DStv Franschhoek Bastille Festival experience. The package is suited for those with an adventurous spirit and includes participation in a variety of mountain biking activities over three days including the Contre La Montre, a race against the in the clock in the glorious Franschhoek mountains, with difficulty levels to suit all mountain bikers. Also included is accommodation, access to exclusive functions and meals as per the package, as well as day activities to enjoy some of the finest food and wine experiences available in Franschhoek.
The Food & Wine Marquee, open 15 to16 July, is set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument offering exquisite views of the mountain. Ample parking on the grounds allow for comfortable walking distance to and from town. Sample the superb Franschhoek wines on offer or treat your taste buds to the selection of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of Franschhoek’s well-known eateries.
Add the quirky caricature artist who captures your Bastille experience, the popular Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition and a dedicated children’s area, and you have all the ingredients for a fun filled festival.
DStv channels and talent will be present at the festival. Further details will be available on the festival website from early July.
Tickets to the Food & Wine Marquee cost R280 person and include entry, a complimentary tasting glass and a booklet of five wine tasting coupons. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day. Tickets are limited and pre-bookings can be done at www.webtickets to avoid disappointment.
Adding that extra pizzazz, Franschhoek, fondly known as “the village”, will be a hive of festival activities and kitted out in its finest French flair, as you take in the sights and sounds of all that’s on offer.
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.
Experience the charm of country life in an intimate setting characterised by each farm’s unique personal touch. One can sample honest, old-fashioned and rural hospitality, while enjoying time-honoured activities, interact with wine-makers and wine-farmers in an informal ambience, getting to know them and their respective families. Indulge in traditional cuisine, using local ingredients, learning more about wine in masterclasses and various food and wine pairings. Relish the slow food and wine that will satiate your senses and revel in the relaxed pace that will rejuvenate your soul.
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.
BIGGER MUSIC PROGRAM AT THE 9TH KLEIN KAROO
Ticket prices set to remain the same as 2016
A greater number of shows spliced with more variety guarantee your money’s worth at the 9th edition of the Klein Karoo Klassique, which will take place from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August,” says Rhodé Snyman, CEO of Kunste Onbeperk, the host of the festival in Oudtshoorn.
“Owing to financial support from the Rupert music establishment, it is possible for the ticket prices to stay the same as last year and to present 8 shows instead of 7,” says Snyman.
“Tickets are available from Friday 5 May and festival goers need to act fast to get their hands on a special bargain deal which typically sells out in no time. The deal in question offers access to all 8 shows for only R700, at R87.50 a show. If tickets are purchased separately, attendance adds up to R1000. The deal lets you save a hefty R300,” says Snyman.
The 9th Klassique opens with a double SAMA-winner guitar duo, CH2 (Corneille Hutten en Dirkie van Staden). They play classical masterpieces from Tárrega, Rodrigo, Bach, their own flamenco-style compositions as well as arrangements of Afrikaans hits like Tussen treine en Vyfster.
Saturday’s program starts with a revisit of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Petrus de Beer (violin), Stanislav Angelov (accordion) and Schalk Joubert (bass guitar and presentation) arrange the timeless masterpiece of Vivaldi without the support of the string orchestra for which it was originally composed. The sonnets have been translated from Italian into Afrikaans by Dr. Dawid de De Villiers.
The Camerata Tinta Barocca ensemble features Bridget Rennie-Salonen (traverso), Jesse Groenewald (Baroque violin), Uwe Grosser (teorbe and baroque guitar), Cheryl de Havilland (baroque cello) and Erik Dippenaar (spinet) in a program of baroque music. Folk Baroque will be performed on authentic baroque instruments and includes the music of Barsanti, Geminiani, Scarlatti and Gow.
Saturday’s programme ends with Carmen – in die kleine, a concert version of one of the most famous operas in the classical canon. The opera has been reduced to an hour especially for Klassique, without inhibiting the integrity of the original piece. All the highlights will be performed chronologically, featuring singers performing more than just one role. On stage, expect to see Jolene McCleland (mezzo-soprano), Lauren Dasappa (soprano), Minette du Toit-Pearce (mezzo-soprano), Chris Mostert (tenor), Niël Rademan (baritone) and Raimondo van Staden (baritone). José Dias manages the piano accompaniment.
In Spieël-dans in die maanlig on Sunday morning, Jana van der Walt (harp) and Rina Schutte (cello) combine two favourite instruments for a program featuring a wide variety of music. They play Pärt’s Spiegel in Spiegel, Piazzolla’s Oblivion, Clair de Lune by Debussy, Bach’s Arioso and the Ave Maria by Gounod.
Beethoven Tango speaks to a curious musical palette and combines the finer quality of Zanta Hofmeyr’s classical technique (violin), with the improvisational skills of Charl du Plessis (piano). Their programme brings the fire of tango-rhythms, worldly music, jazz and Beethoven together and includes tango arrangements from the famous Für Elize.
The ATKV finale concert is, as ever, a showcase of South Africa’s best young musicians and features Megan Geoffrey Prins (piano), 2016 winner of ATKV-Muziq, Tatiana Thaele (flute), runner up of the competition and Palesa Malieloa (soprano), 2016 winner of the ATKV-Muziqanto. Thaele and Malieloa will be accompanied by Philippus Hugo on the piano.
“All eight performances will be held in the NG Moederkerk in Oudtshoorn. The area around the church will be equipped with a restaurant, CD shop and tasting experiences from the surrounding district. More information will soon be released,” says Snyman.
Tickets to individual shows are a R125 each and are available at Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers and House & Home. More information about the Karoo Klassique will soon be available on the festival’s new website at www.klassique.co.za. For more information follow Klassique on Facebook (@KleinKarooKlassique) or Twitter (@kkarooklassique).
* 2017 dates and programme to be confirmed * Webersburg Wine Estate, situated in the picturesque Stellenbosch winelands, is hosting their annual Model Yacht Regatta. Guests can enjoy the sights of the model yachts from the Webersburg Bistro, as it’s perfectly positioned, overlooking the magnificent dam.
Starting at 11:00 until 15:00, with delicious lunch dining options from the Bistro menu, guests can enjoy a leisure afternoon while sipping on Webersburg Wines and trying their hand at sailing. Bookings are essential to secure your table at the Webersburg Bistro, to ensure you get the full view of activities down on the dam.
Bookings can be made telephonically on 021 881 3636, or by emailing email@example.com. For more information on exciting specials and upcoming events visit our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram
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.
* 2017 dates and programme not yet confirmed * Make your way to De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp for the third annual Orchards in Bloom Festival. This time of the year the fruit trees, in particular the apricot, peach and plum trees, are in full bloom and it is truly a sight to behold. The spring blossoms traditionally indicate the start of the season for the fruit and wine industries.
Visitors to De Krans will be able to experience this beautiful sight for themselves as well as enjoy a few more exciting offerings during their visit:
A first for South Africa – a Biscotti and Wine pairing presented by well-known chef Francois Ferreira will be available to guests on the day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Pre-booking at De Krans Wine Cellar is recommended to avoid disappointment as seating is limited. The cost is R85 per person (18 years and older only).
Kickstart your day at 9am with the Vineyard Run. Jog or walk through the vineyards whilst admiring the breathtakingly beautiful orchards in full bloom. Participants can choose between a 5km or a 10km trail. Pre-enter via De Krans, or on the day from 8am. A superb selection of wine prizes are up for grabs for various categories.
If you prefer something less strenuous take a leisurely walk through the orchards at De Krans to view the beautiful blossoms from up close. Prizes will be awarded to the best photographs taken on the day.
During this year’s event visitors will get the opportunity to prune the vines which were planted by visitors to the Orchards in Bloom Festivals in 2014 and 2015. De Krans’ seasoned pruners will be on hand to provide guidance to novice pruners.
Pruning and outdoor fun can lead to working up a healthy appetite and what better excuse than to enjoy a hearty country style meal made by chef Retief van der Walt, in the comfort of the De Krans Bistro & Deli, which will be open from 9am to 5pm. Unfortunately no reservations will be taken on the day, so come early to avoid missing out on a delicious brunch or lunch.
And what would a visit to De Krans be without sipping, sampling and stocking up on their range of superb ports and wines. Don’t miss out on tasting the newly released 2016 wines such as the Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage Rosé and delicious Moscato Perlé.
Winemaker Louis van der Riet will be showing off his cocktail skills as he whips up a delicious port cocktail (or two) for you during your visit.
A fun day out for the whole family with so much to do. Live entertainment and boules under the vines complete what promises to be an unforgettable day in the Klein Karoo Winelands.
For more information contact Helet Viljoen at De Krans on 044 213 3314/64 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
* 2017 dates to be confirmed * The annual Waterblommetjie Festival offers waterblommetjie dishes and wine pairings, many children’s activities, live entertainment, and more.
Miss Waterblommetjie for 5-7 year old girls
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Waterblommetjie Dishes available throughout the day
Live Cooking Demonstration
Oysters & MCC
Artisanal Pop-Up Deli
Waterblommetjie Sport Challenge
Open Air Bar Area
Shiraz on Tap
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 869 8386.
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.
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
* 2017 dates to be confirmed * 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.