We’ve rounded up 3 of the best events in the Western Cape and Gauteng that you need to attend this Spring:
1. De Krans Spring Blossom Festival
Make your way to De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp for the annual Spring Blossom Festival which takes place over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September. This time of the year the fruit trees, in particular the apricot and peach trees, are in full bloom and it is truly a sight to behold. The spring blossoms traditionally indicate the start of the season for the fruit and wine industries. Here’s 8 things to do while you’re there.
When: 2 and 3 September
Where: De Krans Wine Cellar, Calitzdorp
Bookings: call Bessie Swanepoel on 044 213 3314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Bot River Explodes with Colour for 2017 Spring Weekend
Let the bluebird of happiness lead you over the rainbow when the annual Spring Weekend comes to the pretty little village of Bot River on 1-3 September and a kaleidoscope of exciting wine, food and genuine, country-style fun explodes.
Just like the rainbow-theme it has adopted this year, the people of this Overberg town have lined up a dazzling spectrum of activities and fun that showcase the best of the region. In celebration of the awakening of nature in all its forms, all the participating wine farms will throw open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce through convivial farm hopping and pantry shopping.
When: 1 to 3 September
Where: Bot River, Western Cape
Cost: R100 per person which includes an armband and wine glass. Under 18's may enter for free.
Contact: Melissa Nelsen 083 302 6562 or email Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za.
For accommodation options in the area visit www.botriverwines.com.
3. Food and Wine Feast at The Old Biscuit Mill
Form the producers of the award winning Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, we bring you Noble Vice - a gathering of the curious & enlightened.
This Sunday, 27th August, a dynamic group of six chefs and 25 of the country’s best winemakers are ready to set your senses alight. A Noble Vice ticket buys you a full day, all-inclusive boutique food and wine experience at the bustling Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, where some of the most respected and the most revolutionary of the wine and food worlds come together to create an offering like no other. Live and demonstrative, engaging and interactive - the twin crafts displayed at their most elemental and pure.
When: Sunday 27th August, from 11h00 until 17h00
Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
1. FNB Joburg Art Fair
The FNB Joburg Art Fair is Africa’s leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent and diaspora. Now in its tenth year, it continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest of contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives. he event attracts a wide audience, creating a platform for dialogue and exchange, which reaches beyond the realm of the arts. The Fair spearheads a diverse ‘Joburg Art Week’ with various events happening around the city from open studios, gallery openings, workshops and debates.
When: 8 - 10 Spetember
Where: Sandton Convention Centre
Cost: R500 Thursday Opening Preview Party, R150 Friday, Saturday or Sunday. R250 for weekend passes.
2. Oyster, Wine and Food Festival
Crowned as Gauteng’s largest oyster festival, foodies, newbies and wannabe are presented with a variety of oysters from the West coast and the Eastern Cape supplied by the Knysna Oyster Company, the oldest oyster farm in South Africa established back in 1949. Ranging from medium to large and extra large, served from five outlets, which facilitate easier redeeming vouchers for two free oysters (included in the purchase price of each ticket).
Fresh oysters, along with grilled prawns are available for Festival-goers. Oysters sold separately. Other culinary includes the popular braaied prawns and 50+ gourmet outlets. The star of the show, the oyster, is joined up by 40 wine estates, 6 international wine brands, 6 méthode cap classique producers, craft beer breweries and gin and brandy societies.
When: 1 to 3 September
Where: Montecasino Outdoor Events Area, Montecasino Blvd, Fourways
Cost: R90 – R495
3. Unusuals Wine Festival
The popular Unlock the Unusuals Wine Festival is back to showcase South Africa’s lesser known varietals in the only focused platform in Gauteng of these wines.
This tasting of truly exceptional wines takes place at the Killarney Country Club on Thursday, September 7, at 18h00 where visitors can try some of the finest Tempranillo, Semillon, Cinsaut, Grenache, Carignan, Tinta Barocca and many more delicious wine varietals. Tickets at R250 are available from Webtickets and Wine Menu at the Blu Bird Shopping Centre. The price includes unlimited tasting and light snacks.
When: 7 September
Where: Killarney Country Club, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg