Winter wine festivals

2012-05-30 15:48

Is the mere thought of winter bringing you the blues? Well, set that sinking feeling aside as you check out this selection of incredible food, wine and beer festivals taking place across the country.

Boozy fests

I don't know who decided that winter would be a good time to celebrate the fruit of the vine, but whoever you are, if you're out there reading this, I just want to say you did it right! I mean what better way to fend off the chills than bundling into a car - or maybe rather a taxi - with a few friends, heading to a picturesque location and warming up the cold bones with many little glasses of delicious vino?

Sound divine? Get ready your pen and diary!

Die Burger Wacky Wine Weekend in Robertson, 7 - 10 June 2012

This weekend-long celebration is quite possibly the very epitome of the word ‘FUN.' Taking place in the gorgeous Robertson Wine Valley, farms and estates from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson are all included in the festivities, offering a host of unique activities, shows and experiences. The organizers of the event are very serious about arriving alive and have strict ‘designated driver' policies in place as well as the option of hopping onto one of the many ‘buddy buses.'

Cost: All visitors need to purchase a passport for R90 at their first port of call. This includes a stylish tasting glass, WWW goodie bag, festival program and a bottle of water to pace yourself with. From here they are free to explore the area at a whim.

For more information and booking details, visit the Wacky Wine Weekend website.

The Wine Show, Port Elizabeth, - 8 - 10 June

Experience both the fun and serious side of wine at this year's travelling wine show. Expect to taste sublime wines from all of the regions in the country as well as many imported wines in a fun-filled and entertaining environment.

Join informative Wine Theatre sessions absolutely free of charge, browse through a selection of hundreds of wines, which suit every taste and pocket and get to know the producers and their local representatives personally.

Where: Nelson Mandela Bay stadium

Cost: R90 single entry, R150 weekend pass, R80 group booking of more than 10 people

For more details visit the Wine Show website

Foodie fests

East London Food and Wine Fair, 28 - 30 June 2012

Many South Africans mistake East London for a sleepy little sea-side hollow, but just spend some time there and you will see there's quite a lot going on. And if you are going to spend some time there, make sure you pick the weekend of the Food and Wine Show to experience the delectable wares of 50 top South African wine estates and 30 food boutiques.

Where: Beacon Bay Country Club

Cost: R120 per ticket

Visit the Food and Wine fair website for more details

Knysna Oyster Festival, 6 - 15 July 2012

With a wide array of music, art, sporting events and adventure, it's easy to indulge all your senses at this diverse festival in the Garden Route's most famous town. However, pay your respects to the slimy, yet satisfying delicacy that gave the festival its name and made it what it is today by stopping ever so often to let one slide down your throat. Oh, and as we all know the benefits that oysters hold, be sure to take your lover (or potential) along!

Check out the Oyster festival website for more details.

Bastille Day Festival, Franschhoek, 13 - 15 July 2012

Don your red, white and blue and celebrate the best of French cuisine, tradition and wine at Franschhoek's Bastille Day Festival.

Keep tabs on the Bastille Day website for further details.


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