Festival Fever – It’s time to eat, drink and be merry!

“South Africans certainly know how to relax and enjoy themselves and are always up for a get together of some sort. Perhaps that’s why everywhere you look there is normally a local festival or celebration going on, showcasing everything from wine to food, music to art and much more in between.”

“South Africans certainly know how to relax and enjoy themselves and are always up for a get together of some sort. Perhaps that’s why everywhere you look there is normally a local festival or celebration going on, showcasing everything from wine to food, music to art and much more in between.”

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South Africans certainly know how to relax and enjoy themselves and are always up for a get together of some sort. Perhaps that’s why everywhere you look there is normally a local festival or celebration going on, showcasing everything from wine to food, music to art and much more in between.  So if you are coming to our part of the world why not check out some of the annual festivals that make Capetonians flock there in their thousands to eat, drink and be merry.  Just make sure you get there early!

February 2011

Come and join the annual celebration to bless the grape harvest at Spier’s Harvest Festival in Stellenbosch on February the 26th. This festival is well known and extremely popular throughout the Winelands.  The lawns of Spier’s new restaurant Eight will be transformed into a wine wonderland where you can lounge under the trees and listen to the sights and sounds of a live band.  Or you can buy tickets for the Harvest Table and sit with your picnic alongside the Eerste River.  There will be many activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained from wine tastings, to specialty food stalls, even grape stomping.  And there will also be loads to keep the kids occupied from face painting, vineyard tractor rides, magicians, an obstacle course and lots more!  Tickets cost R50 for adults and with this comes a tasting of two of Spier’s award-winning wines and a special edition wine glass. Purchase your tickets through South Africa’s premier online booking site Computicket or you can call them on 083 915 8000 for more information. 

March 2011

The annual Cape Town Jazz Festivalis in its twelfth year and is a spectacular show which brings together 40 international and local musicians from all over the world.  The event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 25th to the 26th of March on five stages and promises to be bigger and better than last year.  The list of artists performing this year include Earth, Wind and Fire, Youssou N’Dour, Simphiwe Dhana, the Gang of Instrumentals and well known saxophonist Wayner Shorter, to name a few.  Grab your tickets through Computicket before they all sell out!

April 2011

Cheese lovers should definitely diarise the weekend of the 29th of April to the 2nd of March for The SA Cheese Festival   which happens at the Sandrigham Estate in Stellenbosch this year.  Visitors will be able to feast on the widest selection of cheeses currently available in South Africa. The entrance fee includes a shopping bag, festival programme, scrumptious tastings and demonstrations by famous local food personalities.  Wine tasting glasses will also be available at the gates. No tickets will be available at the entrance so please get yours from Computicket to ensure you don’t miss out on this mouth watering event!

May 2011

The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival is an unusual and interesting festival to attend but so worthwhile! Keep the 7th and 8th of May open to attend this fun festival which has been voted the third most popular food festival in the Western Cape.  Only an hour out of Cape Town, why not come and taste an assortment of cuisine options and sample their famous olives while listening to live acts?  The town is small so it makes it easy for visitors to wander about and in between the stalls at the informal market that is set up. Wine tastings will be available from surrounding wine farms and best of all, entry is free!

 

June 2011

Make your way to the Wacky Wine Weekend in Robertson from the 2nd to the 5th of June and join thousands of wine lovers who descend on this small town each year for one of the largest regional wine festivals around. Wineries in the Robertson Wine Valley from Ashton, Bonnievale, Robertson and McGregor will host a range of activities from wine tastings to boat cruises, food and cheese pairings, live shows, brandy tastings, a half marathon and much more!  All visitors need to purchase a Passport which entitles them to enter the Wine Weekend and to free tastings of the wines on offer at the festival.  It costs R80 and includes two stylish tasting glasses, a goodie bag, festival program and bottle of water.  Many people choose to stay in the Valley and there is more than enough accommodation on offer.  There are also packaged bus tours that depart from all over the Peninsula which will get you to and from the festival safely.  For more information and tips on attending the festival as well as how to buy tickets, please contact the Robertson Wine Valley on (023) 626 3167.

There are so many more festivals that are coming up throughout the year, that we don’t have the space to mention all of them.  Keep a look out for more updates where we will keep you posted!

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