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Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival

We’re cool … seriously cool! Join us for the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival Elgin wines are characterised by an explosion of flavours: beautiful fruit purity, poise and complexity. Elgin Grabouw Tourism is delighted to announce the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival will take place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May 2020, and that Nedbank is proud sponsor of the popular annual event.

Just 70km from Cape Town, the Elgin Valley is home to award-winning wineries who are pulling out all the stops to offer two wine-packed days that showcase why Elgin has become renowned as the home of South African cool climate wines. Visit each of the participating wine farms to taste their exceptional wines and enjoy exclusive festival opportunities such as guided tastings with winemakers, big bottle tastings and cellar tours. Feast on a variety of delicious fare at each farm, including crêpes, picnics, oysters, pizzas, afternoon teas, tapas and gourmet food truck offerings.

To work up an appetite there will be all sorts of fun activities including boules, barrel-rolling, a maze and a fresh farm produce & gift fair, with live bands, DJs and a Marimba band providing yet more atmosphere. The Elgin Railway Market is the place to head to on the evening of Saturday 2nd May for the “After Party”. The market’s vendors will be open along with live music and a charity auction. Our valley is family-friendly and festival activities for children include jumping castles, jungle gyms, swimming, pony rides, scavenger hunts, games, bicycle rides (bring your own bikes), a treasure hunt, and chocolate pizza making in aid of Grabouw Animal Welfare. Bring your four-legged pals too – friendly dogs are welcome at a number of participating farms (please bring a leash).

Helmien Havenga, Nedbank Business Banking’s area manager for the Worcester Overberg area says that this sponsorship reinforces the bank’s commitment to the South African agricultural sector and the wine industry in particular. “As the proud sponsors of the Cape Winemaker’s Guild and Nedbank Wine on the River we are delighted to add this exciting festival to our sponsorships in the wine industry. With offices in Grabouw, we are able to offer Nedbank’s banking solutions to the winemaking industry in this area, and our sponsorship of this festival gives us a great opportunity to connect on a personal level with the community.”

Tickets are on sale via Quicket https://qkt.io/SGEzE2– a two-day pass is just R230 and a one-day pass is R180. “After Party” tickets are R150 per person – available online and at the door on the night. Children under the age of 18 accompanied by an adult attend for free.The Peregrine Farm Stall and Elgin Railway Market are the collection points for wristbands, festival maps and tasting glasses. Elgin Grabouw Tourism supports responsible drinking and in partnership with Appletiser, will be running a campaign which includes a complementary shuttle service that will cover various routes stopping at participating wine farms during the festival, as well as rewarding Designated Drivers a free Appletiser at each of the participating wine farms. With so much to enjoy, we’d encourage festival visitors to make the most of the Elgin Valley by booking accommodation. From cosy farm cottages to luxury lodges, boutique hotels, airstream trailers and glamping, visitors will be spoilt for choice. For more information on the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival, participating wineries, accommodation and other activities in the valley, please visit www.ecwcf.winesofelgin.co.za – and follow Experience Elgin on social media: Facebook , Twitter and Instagram #ElginCoolFest

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