Last week of the World Cup, and second-last game to be played in our beautiful city this Saturday. It’s been quite a ride, and I am incredibly impressed with what excellent hosts we have been. I’ve watched a few football games in my day, but never thought I’d get quite as swept up in it all as I have this time around… I even lost my vuvuzela-virginity somewhere along the way, and parped with gusto (though not much skill) for a brief and glorious stint.

Well, it’s not over yet, and there’s plenty of entertainment on the go for locals and visitors alike… Here’s my pick of the foodie and greenie events on the go over the coming weekend.

Stellenbosch Wine Festival

1-5 July 2010.  Stellenbosch. R150/day-pass.

5 days of wine-tasting and exploration in leafy Stellenbosch.  A jam-packed programme of things to do and see and taste.  Tickets cost R150 for a single day pass, R500 for all five days (though one day is already used up).  Your ticket includes shuttle use (from the park-and-ride facilities provided for the event) and 5 vouchers to be redeemed at various wine estates for special festival offers.  www.wineroute.co.za/festival.asp

Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market – Food & Wine Fair

1-4 July 2010 (11am-9pm, closes 5pm on Saturday).  Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch. Entrance R50 or R20 with festival pass.

This already fabulous food market will be hosting a food and wine fair throughout the Wine Festival:

The heated marquee will feature over 40 German, British, European, Chinese, Indian and South African food stands, offering the best of which their countries have to offer. We have brought on new and interesting foods to our already popular mix of market exhibitors to include quail dishes, German liverspreads, lards and brawn, Belgium endives and preparation workshops, Italian sausage, bobotie spring rolls and cinnamon swirls, roasted caramel nuts .. just to mention a few.

A highlight of this, for those in search of good organic wines, is the Saltare Wine & Food Pairing:

Join Carla Pauw winemaker from Saltare who is offering free professional food and wine pairings in the main lounge area. You will also be introduced to a variety of her products and their newly launched Cap Classique. To avoid disapontment please pre-book with Saltare wines on info@saltarewines.com

And there’s loads more – get the full scoop at www.slowmarket.co.za

Kirstenbosch Winter Concerts – STERLING EQ

Sunday 20 June 2010.  The Silver Tree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch NBG.  6.30pm.  (More info)

Winter has certainly arrived with a vengeance, and one way to soothe away the cares of an icy week is perhaps to cosy up to a roaring fire, listening to good local music and savouring a glass of red wine.  Every Sunday evening, the Silver Tree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch hosts some of our country’s talented artists, and this week’s performers are all-girl quartet Sterling EQ.

Ticket price R100 per person. Prices include a Welcome drink and a starter. For bookings please call 021 762 9585, or email: info@kirstenboschrestaurant.com

Holistic Lifestyle Fair

Sunday, 4 July from 10am-4pm. River Club (off Liesbeek Parkway/M57, & Station Road)

The Holistic Lifestyle Fair’s usual home (Obs Community Centre) is being extensively renovated, so the next event will temporarily be housed at the River Club – also in Observatory.  All the usual wholesome exhibitors will be there:

  • organic, whole & natural food & body products (vegans & vegetarians catered for), plants & herbs;
  • eco, green, recycled & repurposed goods
  • healing & therapeutic treatments;
  • life readings & counselling
  • world music & conscious living books
  • crystals, pendulums & other esoteric items
  • original artwork, handcrafted jewellery, vintage & limited edition clothing, bespoke decor & homeware, henna body art…

There is ample free parking within the River Club grounds, and a roaring fire in the indoor food area to keep away the winter chill.
Other events:

  • Rondebosch Craft Market – Saturday 3 July 2010.
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