Its spring time in the fairer Cape and that means the start of new things and blossoming flora. Stellenbosch comes alive with magical colours during this time as the town radiates fresh hue colours of light greens and stunning pinks and purples. Hopefully by now, most of rain has stopped in the Cape Winelands and we are met with fairer days and stunning sunshine. Here is a selection of some of the events in and around Stellenbosch during the start of the Spring Season in 2013:
A fantastic way to end the month of Spring and heritage month with an evening at Devon Valley hotel. The evening will play host to Van Ryn’s Brandies as well as a traditional South African braai, a perfect combination set in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands.
Brandy stalwarts Pietman Retief and Nicholas Holdcarft from Distell will be hosting the evening which kicks- off at 18-30. Your taste buds will be tantalized by a 4- course menu straight from a traditional South African braai and accompanied by the iconic Van Ryn’s brandies. The event will see you dining in fine style for only R275 per person. Discounts are also on offer for those wishing to stay the night at the Devon Valley Hotel. A classic room can be had for R400 per person sharing per night which includes breakfast.
On September 28th, you will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a fun run accompanied by a music festival at the start/ finish. It is a unique fusion of entertainment and sport that will appeal to the entire family. The 7.95 km race is suitable for everyone and bands will play from 6 stages strategically placed along the route. Live bands and groups will perform along the road and feature a variety of music genres. The festival held at the start/ finish will feature more live music, corporate hospitality and a local beer and wine tent.
The race/ fun- run will begin at Stellenbosch High School and will cost R120.00 to enter. For more information, visit: http://beataroundthebosch.co.za/run-music-festival/
The event takes place on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday and is set up around various activity hubs in picturesque areas on site:
Family Fun Zone at the Cheetah outreach-
The perfect place for the family to relax under the shade of the trees, while the kids enjoy the activities on offer. These include a jumping castle and themed jungle gym, bungee bounce and paint ball tunnel, sand art and a pedal cart track. You will be able to take the kids for a walk or visit the cheetah outreach. Free hour- long guided walking tours are available on both the Saturday and Sunday.
Global Village at Baker Square-
You will be able to enjoy the view over Paardevlei and gardens while enjoying live music from 12-00 to 18-00 by a selection of great artists covering classical folk, jazz and other genres. Traditional dishes from South Africa, India, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Lebanon, Holland, Belgium and Mexico will be on offer. Topped off with Checkers Wines of the World, Triggerfish craft beers, organic juices, smoothies and coffees and you have a culinary delight not to be missed!
Beer, Wine and Art Meander at the Power Precinct
Two chill- out areas will be set up next to Sumi Creative Co. where you will be able to buy craft beer at Triggerfish Brewery or browse the selection of wine at Flagstone Winery. Also make sure to check out “The Art of Flight”, the first- ever combined art expo by married couple Sumi and Tertius Gous. Also on offer will be a selection of cheese and bread platters, gourmet boerewors and garagiste wine producers.
Dutch singer/ songwriter Niki Romijn will be performing poems by Ingrid Jonker in this musical celebration. The singer fell in love with the poems by Ingrid Jonker more than a decade ago. An admiration which resulted in the production of 2 CD’s and the theatre show “Roos Van Jou Mond”. This year marks 80 years since the birth of Ingrid Jonker and to commemorate the event, Nicki Romijn and Erik Robaard will return to SA for a special tribute tour. The event will be a celebration of an iconic South African writer.
Niki uses here expressive voice and enthused interpretation to really capture the heart and soul of Ingrid Jonker. She shares her personal thoughts and opinion with the audience, making it hard not to be moved by her performance. The event will take place at the Klein Libertas Theatre at a cost of R80.00 per person. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stellenbosch is a hotspot for all sorts of markets. These are our suggested picks for you to try out in October:
This market is held every Sunday at the Blaauwklippen Vineyards. A delicious variety of foods will be available including Italian, Thai, Belgian, German, Indian and South African dishes. Attractions include the fresh produce section found inside the carriage museum, the Blaauwklippen Wine Centre, a children’s entertainment section and a Beer Garden. You will also be able to create a personalised picnic hamper and relax under the shade of the trees while enjoying live music. The market is open every Sunday from 10h00 to 15h00.
Visit this market and award winning traders for a selection of gourmet food. Bring your own basket and taste, browse, swap and bargain! Hosted at the Oude Libertas, it is a perfect day out for the whole family and a “foodies” paradise. Be on the lookout for a series of other events hosted at the Stellenbosch Slow Market such as the Summer Strawberry Fair on November 2nd and the Celebrate Life Festival on November 9th. The Slow Food Market takes place every Saturday between 09h00 and 14h00 at Oude Libertas.