Enjoy annual wine festival this Saturday

2019-12-19 06:00

THE tenth annual Seekoeirivier Wine Festival will take place at Happy Hippo - 2.4km outside Paradise Beach towards St Francis Bay - from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday, December 21.

Since its humble beginnings in 2010, the festival - the brain child of Marelize van Nie-kerk from Seekoeirivier and cellar master Francois van Niekerk from Wellington Wines, grew from four wine estates to 11 this year.

“We like to keep the festival exclusive and most of the estates are represented by the winemaker himself,” says Francois who first worked at a cellar in the Boland and immediately fell in love with the fine art of creating wine.

After his studies at Elsenburg he worked in California and France for a few seasons, which further fuelled his passion for wine-making.

Why a wine festival in Jeffreys Bay?

“Apart from the large number of holidaymakers, there is a lot of interest in wine by local residents. It remains one of the best wine festivals in the country,” says Francois.

Live bands will entertain festivalgoers and there will be fun for the children.

There will furthermore be tantalising food stalls, craft gin and a cheese zone.

Tickets cost R185 per person at www.quicknet.co.za and R200 per person at the festival. Children enter free.

Tickets include wine tasting and a branded wine glass.

For more information, contact Marelize at 082 5605 5606

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