- Hands-On Harvest Robertson 10-12 March
The Robertson Wine Valley is proud to host its 9th Hands-on Harvest festival. This down-to-earth Autumn celebration takes place from 10 – 12 March 2017 and offers families a chance to experience the magic of harvest.
This fruity fiesta is bigger and better than ever and is poised to shake up Route 62 during the 2017 harvest season. It boasts a wonderful programme of events that includes the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. With more than 20 wineries, estates and other establishments taking part, this food and wine affair spoils visitors for choice with a wide variety of tailor-made activities.
Experience the grape’s journey from vine to barrel to glass by grape picking & stomping, vineyard safaris and blending & tasting experiences. Enjoy riverside lunches, vineyard picnics and food & wine pairings. Adrenaline junkies can get their fix of excitement with a host of adventure activities including skydiving, 4×4 routes, golfing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and river cruises.
- Vrede en Lust Harvest Festival – 11 March
One of the oldest working wine farms of the Cape, would like to invite you to bless the harvest and celebrate what the earth has given us in abundance! This 328 year old, family-owned and managed, wine farm with its rich history and romantic atmosphere are known to leave guests with a sense of tranquility and connected to the wheel of life. This festive family day will take place in Vrede en Lust’s beautiful gardens under the farm’s ancient oak trees in front of the historic Manor House.
- Stellenbosch Street Soires. 8th and 22 March
Immerse yourself in the inimitable food and wine culture of Stellenbosch when the City of Oaks gets painted red with its ever popular, bi-monthly Street Soirees to entice a hip crowd with its local tastes and tunes. The Stellenbosch Street Soirees take place every second and last week of the month for hip crowds to immerse themselves in the inimitable food and wine culture of this forever young town, with live music adding to a cool and casual vibe. The first pop-up street party will spill onto the bustling Drostdy Street on 16 November, when cars will make way for locals and visitors to sip, savour and share in the enviable lifestyle of the country’s second oldest town. It is a vibrant, after-work street party where strangers become friends over a glass of wine with gourmet snacks by resident eateries and upbeat vibes by talented local musicians. “Stellenbosch has a recipe for living that is hard to resist or come by. With these street parties we offer visitors a taste of our way of life through quality wines, delicious bites and live music. I cannot imagine a better way to spend a balmy summer’s evening, let alone better company to share it with,” shares Elmarie Rabe, Manager of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
The communal Stellenbosch Street Soirees are for young and old to let their hair down and hang out with interesting characters and friendly folk in the heart of this quaint town. It goes down from 18h00 to 20h00 and each event features a different selection of cellars and food vendors. R70 gets you a glass to taste as many wines as you wish. Sumptuous street food will be on sale.
- Franschhoek ATKV Harvest Festival. 25 March
The ATKV Oesfees at Solms-Delta, Franschhoek, will be celebrating another year’s successful wine harvest on Saturday, 25 March 2017. Join the workers of the valley, along with thousands of other music, food and wine lovers to share in the joy of a diverse cultural event, featuring some of the finest homegrown musicians, as well as some of South Africa’s most popular artists and bands.
The Franschhoek valley has a rich and lively music culture. The local Music van de Caab project, sponsored by Solms-Delta and Boschendal, under the leadership of the brilliant Adriaan Brand of Springbok Nude Girls, seeks to preserve and develop the diverse musical heritage of the rural Cape, including the fostering of local musical talent. The Music van de Caab acts that will be performing at the ATKV Oesfees include the Klein-Handjies Pre-school Choir and the “Kaapse Klopse”-style walking band, Langbroeke; a female choir ensemble Die Soetstemme; the Delta Valley Entertainers and the Lekker Lekker Delta group. Top South African talents who will be sharing the stage include Radio Kalahari Orkes, Manouche, Nick Turner, Riku Lätti, Bacchus Nel, Jackie Lätti, Hannes Coetzee, Die Papier Familie Orkes, Akkedis, Les Javan, Hemelbesem and Yoma, Brain Cloete, Churchil Naudé, Die Wasgoedlyn and Tribal Echo. A special treat this year will be a performance by the African Jazz Pioneers. An annual ATKV Oesfees highlight is a performance by winners of the ATKV Riel Dance Final. The Betjies from Betjiesfontein were the winners of the ATKV 2016 Riel Dance competition in the Junior category and will take to the stage to entertain with their impressive footwork.
This year marks a very special occasion as the ATKV Oesfees reaches its 10th year milestone. Mark Solms from Solms-Delta says: “When we launched the ATKV Oesfees in 2008, we were not sure how it would turn out. But the celebration turned out better than we could have dreamt and the festival just keeps on growing. We proudly share our love for everything that unites us in this beautiful land, with our music and food and wine, and our deepest and best hopes for the years to come.”
“The ATKV’s objectives are to further Afrikaans and provide a cultural home for Afrikaans people. Afrikaans is one of the strongest indigenous languages in Africa, and creates exceptional opportunities for nation building, development and letting the South African landscape thrive. To do this with partners, further enhances the potential for success. Therefore, the cooperation with Solms-Delta is an excellent opportunity for the ATKV to celebrate Afrikaans and turn objectives into achievements, “says Japie Gouws, Managing director of the ATKV group.
Traditional food and excellent wines from the Solms-Delta farm will be on sale. There will be a special area for kids, managed by a professional events company, Cre8tive Kids. Children are registered and are looked after inside a specially fenced, safe area. They can look forward to playful activities all day.
- Hope at Paul Cluver Music Festival. 25 March.
Hope @ Paul Cluver Season 4 where, with family and friends, you can still pack a picnic and GATHER TOGETHER for an evening of entertaining concerts at the one of its kind magical, woodlands theatre on Paul Cluver Wine Estate in Elgin. Not to be missed, Hope @ Paul Cluver offers the golden circle Sensational Summer Concerts, by legendary artists.
Your ticket ensures an intimate experience with your favorite artists Elvis Blue 28 January and Watershed 25 February. Die Koningin van die Woude – Karen Zoid, McCully workshop have already graced the stage and wowed their audiences and this Saturday, The Parlotones with their packed out audience will be bursting through the tree tops into the heavens above with the anticipated, enigmatic entertainment.
The artists are ensuring that the profit from this season will top all other seasons by investing their own time in promoting their concert and keeping costs to a minimum. The profit from each ticket sold is going directly to Thembalitsha Foundation’s Village of Hope – a safe haven for children at risk, Educare Grabouw – empowering the community to nurture youngsters through their early years and ThembaCare – the only In Patient Hospice in Grabouw. Thembacare, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, ensures the community receives home based care and provides HIV, TB and non-communicable disease testing (Diabetes) and Counselling through their mobile testing unit.
Opportunities are being created for up-and-coming South African talent to be showcased alongside established artists in the opening acts including Lee-Ron Malgas and Emma Van Heyn.
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