From welcoming olive trees amass with ripened fruit to overflowing barrels of world renowned Swartland wine, this valley is clearly one of abundance. The rich Autumn hues of the Swartland are unabashedly reflected in the colours of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils and wine.
Taste unique olive oils and preserves, delectable wines, craft beer on tap and all the valley has to offer, at one of the most popular and exciting festivals on the Western Cape calendar. Each venue has its own unique flavour and you’ll be spoilt for choice as where to go next.
Here's what you can get up to at the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival this year:
1. Sit Under 150 Year Old Trees
Sit contently under 150 year old trees at Kloovenburg, sipping on their latest red and tasting all that is olive while listening to a solo performance by Herman of the band TWEE. Their ever expanding, award winning range of olive products will leave you spoilt for choice. Don’t forget to take a guided walk through their olive groves.
2. Browse the Stalls at Het Vlock Casteel
Walk through endless stalls at the majestic Het Vlock Casteel to get to Ansie’s famous olives and olive preserves. The tunes of Jimm Harrison will heighten your experience of all that is on offer. Wine will be sold by the glass or bottle and, if you haven’t tasted olive oil ice cream – here’s your chance.
3. Wine Shopping with Allesverloren
Newton and Co will bring Allesverloren, the popular wine farm and wedding venue, to life. Browse through their country market, sipping on Muskadel slush puppies while you try all there is to nibble on. Their wine shop will be open for tasting. A stop here is a must.
4. Picnic in Style
Join the Olive Boutique in celebrating this ancient fruit, the olive, by sitting down to a Swartland Picnic with a choice of wine, craft beer or Craft Gins & Martinis. The Johnny Ray Acoustic Blues Band is sure to set the mood while you taste their gourmet olive products, award winning extra virgin olive oils and unfiltered oils.
5. Potjie Paradise
Pulpit Rock has long been established as the Olive Festival’s “Potjie” locale. Sip some of the revered Pulpit Rock wines while enjoying their delicious potjies.
6. Exhibitions, Challenges and More
The Antique Tractor Exhibition, the Ultimate Golf Challenge and free wine tasting are just some of the delights on offer.
7. Listen to Live Music
The Wild Olive Acoustic Stage at Riebeek Cellars is set to party with appearances from Francois van Coke, Valliant Swart, Soetmelk, Marcia Moon, Mono Pony, Francios Haasbroek (Sunday only) and many more.
8. Nibbles from Gourmet Food Trucks
A choice of gourmet Food Trucks and tasting the Riebeek Cellars wine, is sure to put you in the swing of things.
9. Behind the Scences Wine Tasting
On Sunday, there is an exclusive behind the scenes’ wine tasting with the Riebeek Cellars winemakers – booking is essential.
10. Martini Bar
Be sure to pop into eclectic Short Street at the pop up Martini Bar at The Alchemist where you can pair olives and gin to your hearts delight.
As always, the Riebeek Kasteel Town Square will form the heart of the Festival with local stalls, kids entertainment galore with lots to drink and eat. If you need a spot to sit and reflect on all that is going on around you, this is it.