Have you heard about all the tempting Cape Winelands events and festivals that will take place this summer in Stellenbosch and the surrounding wine estates? Wine tastings, family picnics, fresh food markets, carol concerts and festive atmosphere galore! Only a mere 40-minute-drive from Cape Town's city center, you can enjoy the clear - and sometimes warmer - air and relaxed countryside feel when you visit the region's festive events. And if you are as lucky as we are to live in this lovely part of the world, make the most of the special summer celebrations in the various estates and enjoy some of the finest food and wines in the Cape winelands!
The holidays are around the corner and Stellenbosch is gearing up for a season of celebration and sharing in the good times. The Stellenbosch Experience has the inside scoop on all the events to look forward to this summer in the 'City of Oaks'. As Elmarie Rabe of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes explains: 'We are looking forward to hosting our visitors from South Africa and beyond this summer season. Stellenbosch is all about relaxation, an escape from our busy lives and pressures. We invite you to come and unwind in our beautiful surrounds and share in special times with your families and friends.'
Now take your time to scroll down through the many fantastic events of the Cape winelands or bookmark this page for further reference. Wishing you a wonderful festive season!
Stellenbosch Street Soirees see local wine farms and restaurants putting on a party for locals and visitors alike in the town streets. Catch them every second and last week of the month from November till March from 18h00 to 20h00.
For more information contact 021 886 4310 or find more info on their Facebook page here
Wine Garden Live Music Wednesdays at Neethlingshof have already kicked off and run through the summer season till March 2017. Happening every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 8pm, popular acoustic guitarist, Francois Haasbroek sets the scene for a mid-week wind down in the wine garden. Visitors can order cheese and charcuterie platters.
Night Run Series - the final event will be held at Neethlingshof on Thursday, 8 December. There will be wine tastings, good food and live music and it is family friendly. For more information on entry costs and race distances, contact 083 267 8164 or visit their Facebook page (Amoija Events).
Head to Alto Estate for their Steak and Shiraz Saturdays on the first Saturday of every month. Each event sees select cuts of steak paired with a complimentary glass of Shiraz to be enjoyed over the estate’s generous views. Live music will be performed by a local artist between 12h00 and 15h00.
Spier Festive Werf Market is back! Visitors sip on glasses of wine and tuck into tasty gourmet treats. Kids roam the lawns or browse the special Kids’ Market. There is a wide range of gifts for friends and family, as well as locally grown fresh fruit and heirloom vegetables to take home. When? 16 - 19 December 2016 | 21 - 24 December 2016 | 26 - 30 December 2016.
Spier is keeping it festive these holidays with seven days of themed inner experiences in December:
***Mondays means make your own burgers! Then enjoy the long summer evening with activities for the whole family – from board games and a jumping castle to croquette and cricket. 12, 19, 26, December 2016 | 2 January 2017
***Tuesdays celebrate the sea’s bounty with a West Coast Mussel and Snoek Feast with Live Jazz. This fishy feast is paired perfectly with ice lollies for dessert – there are fun options for the kids and wine-flavoured scoops for the grown-ups on 13, 20, 27 December 2016 | 3 January 2017
***Wednesdays enjoy Farmer Angus’s grass-fed meats, reared on Spier’s pastures, at the weekly Farmer Angus Beef Braai with live music. Catch it on 14, 21, 28 December 2016 | 4 January 2017
***Thursday nights are a musical and culinary journey through the Cape heritage: a spicy feast featuring traditional Malay curries on 15, 22, 29 December 2016 | 5 January 2017
***Friday nights spend enjoying potjie and African drumming. Grab a spot on a hay bale around a roaring fire and listen to African beats while delicious potjie stews bubble away. These will be served with breads and veg, followed by fresh fruit and African-inspired desserts on 16, 23, 30 December and 6 January.
***Saturday, it’s time for Karoo Lamb spit braai and the sounds of a jazz duo. 17 December 2016 | 7 January 2017.
***Sundays are the perfect scene to enjoy a traditional Sunday roast on the lawns whilst watching a movie (18 Dec, 1 and 8 January). Or feast on a picnic while watching a classic family flick on the Spier Werf lawns with a glass of wine in hand. Prebook your picnic basket for 2 adults and 2 kids including a bottle of Spier signature wine at R500, gates open at 18h00, movie starts at 20h30. Book your movie ticket (R100/R70) at Webtickets. Movies on 10 December 2016: The Incredibles | 17 December 2016: Tangled - movies are also screened at various other dates. Check the schedule and book your movie tickets here.
Take a magical Steam Train Day Trip to Spier. Hop on the train in Cape Town and experience a leisurely ride through the Cape winelands. Travel in a vintage wooden coach dating from 1922 ending in a visit to one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. Taste five wines, visit the Eagle Encounters and enjoy lunch at one of our restaurants. Spend the day relaxing on the banks of the Eerste River and explore the Protea gardens and historic buildings before returning to Cape Town in nostalgic style.
Hartenberg Wine Estate’s courtyard or riverside picnic style lunches set the scene for long, lazy days as kids enjoy the play area alongside the river bank. Choose a table under the trees or lounge on plump cushions on the lawn with a picnic basket.
For a more formal dining experience, Hartenberg’s summer inspired courtyard menu is perfect and a kiddie menu for the under 12’s is available on request. This season, visitors can also book the five-star Hartenberg Celebration Table for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 guests. Expect a festively decorated table with all the trimmings, excellent food and wine.
Father Christmas will once again be making an appearance on his tractor at Middelvlei Wine Estate’s annual Sunset Carols. As the sun sets over the Middelvlei dam in the Cape winelands, there will be carol singing while Steakbraai is served and Father Christmas delivers the presents. The Sunset Carols event will be in benefit of Stellenbosch Youth Outreach.
Cape Winelands: For enquiries and reservations contact 021 883 2565 or via their website
Delheim Estate’s picnic experience is set at the edge of the Klip River with its abundant bird life and includes a basket of all things homemade and share-worthy for R460 per couple. Children’s baskets are available at R100 and includes home-baked cookies, which the kids can immediately set about decorating.
Delheim’s Garden Restaurant, with views of the farm and Table Mountain in the distance, is also in full summer swing. Its brand new menu eschews the elaborate and echoes the simple tastes and sublime flavours inspired by the greens from the new organic vegetable and herb garden on the estate.
Summer Bites at Stellenbosch Vineyards: Your tastebuds are in for an interesting treat as salted caramel puff is paired with Credo Chardonnay and Wagyu Beef Biltong is matched with Credo Shiraz and SMV – and more. For more about the wine pairings and other events ahead, contact them 021-881 3870.
Already known for their generous picnics, a new pop-up restaurant called Pikant @ Uitkyk Wine serves fresh salads and summer favourites. The menu also includes a perfect serve of tapas and top wines. There is even a fun, tapas menu for busy kids.
Source: Press Release. Thanks to Sascha from Rabbit in a Hat. For a range of ideas on where to eat, what to do and where to go, visit www.stellenboschexperience.co.za or curate your experience through the hashtag #visitStellenbosch.
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