Spring is traditionally welcomed on the 1st of September, and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to festivals showcasing the Western Cape’s best countryside cuisine.
Spring Weekend in Bot River
The charming village of Bot River lies just beyond the Houwhoek Pass on the N2 freeway, and between the 1st and 3rd of September, it’ll play host to the annual Spring Weekend extravaganza.
From food and wine to paintball and petting zoos, the region’s farms will put their best produce and hospitality on show.
The weekend starts off with an exclusive ‘Best of Bot Wines’ dinner on the 1st, featuring gourmet food and wines picked by SA Association of Sommeliers head Higgo Jacobs. Tickets are available through Quicket!
The rest of the weekend can be spent visiting any of more than ten venues, including several wine farms, estates and restaurants.
Each venue has been assigned a colour, and together they form Bot River’s sping rainbow!
Tickets for the 2017 Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend cost R100 per person and can be purchased, along with tickets to individual events, at www.quicket.co.za unless specified otherwise. The weekend pass includes an armband and wine glass, which you may collect at the Bot River tourism office. Quicket stations will also be at Beaumont, Gabriëlskloof, and Wildekrans on the weekend. Youngsters under 18 years may enter for free.
Waterblommetjiefees in Paarl
If you’ve visited the Cape’s Boland region, you may have encountered the waterblommetjie, an indigenous delicacy that blossoms in Boland dams during the winter months.
It’s so special, in fact, that Paarl hosts an annual tribute, with live entertainment, great wines, and plenty of food to boot.
Four separate wine farms in the region will host the event on the 2nd of September, each with its own twist, and each featuring the delicacy as the star of the show!
Get ready to dig in to the waterblommetjie in innovative ways – from pizza toppings to ice cream and muffins, just to name a few.
With so many things happening at so many venues, you can be sure that your Saturday will be packed to the brim with laughter and delicious experiences. Parents, fret not! Your kids can come, too, and they’ll end up having just as much fun.
Paarl’s Haven Night Shelter is the Waterblommetjiifees’ charity of choice, and visitors can do good and have fun at the same time by donating one can of food per vehicle to gain entry to each venue.
Don’t forget to get your festival passport stamped at each farm – there will be prizes on offer!
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