We all love a fresh start, a whole new year of possibilities and the chance to improve on previous endeavours. If you are in Stellenbosch during the last few months of summer, there is plenty of fun to be had. Why not soak up the hot summer sun and take your pick from some of these events taking place in and around Stellenbosch:
This is the perfect excuse to join us at Fynbos Villa Guest House for the weekend and a glimpse into the Cape Winelands. Annareth Bolton, CEO of Stellenbosch Wine Routes says that 2014 promises to be bigger and better than ever; “The Stellenbosch Wine Festival is not only about wine, it is about the Stellenbosch lifestyle. It is therefore very appropriate that the festival coincides with the annual harvest. This is a unique opportunity to experience what Stellenbosch is all about – the history, the people, the wines and great food. It is also about engaging with local communities and giving something back to these communities,” says Bolton.
At the festival you can expect a harvest parade, street festival, cultivar showcases, art exhibitions, speciality tastings and tours, promotions and special events. There will be a three- day wine expo held in the centre of the town during the ten- day wine spectacular. Die Braak in the heart of Stellenbosch will play host to the expo from 31st January to 2nd February 2014. The venue will be transformed into an open air- lounge featuring over sixty winery stands during this time. There will also be live entertainment. Other highlights include the dedicated American Express Winery Experiences at nearly eighty wineries in the area, while the American Express Wine and Dine programme will showcase some award- winning restaurants in the Stellenbosch region offering promotions and specials.
Proceeds from the various events taking place throughout the festival will go to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival Foundation where funds are utilized for bursaries for underprivileged students whose parents work within the wine industry.
Dates: 24 January 2014 to 02 February 2014
Price: R60- R170
Tickets can be booked via www.pnptickets.co.za & more information is available on www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za
Spend your Saturday evening listening to the talents of local favourites including Koos Kombuis (25th January), Robing Auld (February 1st), Anton Goosen (February 8th), Valiant Swart (February 15th) and Tribal Echo alongside all the talented Music van de Caab musicians. Traditional “Kaapse- kos” and Solms- Delta wines will be on offer to complete your summer evening experience.
Pre- order a picnic for your evening including favourites such as Malaysian chicken or veg curry roti, waterblommetjie lams potjie with rice and kiddie’s boerewors rolls. The evening kicks off at 18h00.
Rates: R90 for adults, R45 for children under 12 years and free if you’re under 3.
For more information, visit the website: www.solms-delta.co.za
The indoor setting for this market makes for a fantastic night out for the whole family. A delectable array of food, cocktails, boutique wines, organic fruit smoothies and craft beer will be sure to get your senses tingling. There is literally something to snack or sip on for everyone here. There is a new array of vintage & lifestyle clothing, accessories, Home Décor and furniture stores to visit. Parking is free as well as entry and there will be local live music to get everyone into the swing of the night.
Date: 31 January 2014
Price: Free entry
For more information, visit the website: www.thewoodmill.co.za