Me too, but fear not, Autumn is one of the best seasons in Cape Town, in my opinion – for it is the season of food and wine festivals and this weekend’s lineup of activities will have you quivering in anticipation for the many feasts ahead.
So here are the highlights for the upcoming weekend – taken, as always, from the now bulging Mother City Living events calendar:
Friday 20 March 7.30pm (R120), Saturday 21 March 7pm (R130). Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West. Gates open at 4pm.
I’ve never been, but this sure sounds like a goodie. Enjoying a picnic under the stars, listening to beautiful music – what’s not to like, really? This year’s performers include Johnny Clegg, the FNB Twenty Tenors, Bronwyn Forbay, Zanne Stapelberg, James Grace, Judith Sephuma and will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. (more event info)
Friday 20 March – Sunday 22 March. Various times. Company’s Gardens, Gardens. All performances are free!
“A diverse arts, culture and heritage event that caters for all cultural groups and ages, Mother City residents and visitors alike can look forward to a Main Festival line-up that includes jazz greats Jonathan Rubain, featuring Robbie Jansen; Alvin Dyers, featuring Leslie Kleinsmith; as well as other homegrown favourites such as Prime Circle, Coda, The Rudimentals, The Rockets, and Alistair Izobel.” (more event info)
Saturday 21 March. 10am-3pm. Rondebosch Park, corner of Sandown and Camp Ground Rds.
Local and country potters from the Western Cape come together at this event to sell their quality wares. There will be a ‘play with clay’ area, to keep youngsters occupied while mom and dad do some shopping. Food stalls also offer some wonderful bites as refreshments. (more event info)
21 and 22 March (Sat & Sun) – various times. Various venues in Wellington. R40 for a glass and a festival pass.
Bring along the entire family for a laidback autumn day in the open air or hop from cellar to cellar to meet the masters behind the award winning wines from the Wellington region.
Saturday 21 March – 10am until late. Jasons’ Hill Wine Estate, Rawsonville. R30 for adults.
All-you-can-scoff hanepoot, wine-tastings, live music and plenty for kids to do.
Other events on this weekend:
- Barleycorn Music Festival – Maynardville. (Sat 21 March)
- Sustainable Living Workshop “Effective sustainable solid waste management” – Willowbridge Slow Market (Sat 21 March)
- Farmhouse Rocks – Bed on Bricks – Cape Farmhouse, near Scarborough. (Sunday 22 March)
- Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts: aKing – Kirstenbosch Gardens, Newlands (Sunday 22 March)
Upcoming events to look out for:
- Ariston Garden ‘Elemental’ Organic Gardening Talks – Ariston Garden, Claremont. (Wednesday 25 March)
- Gardenex & green living fair 2009 – Kirstenbosch, Newlands (Thursday 26 March)
- Kirstenbosch Biodiversity Expo – Kirstenbosch, Newlands (27-28 March)
- Nitida ‘Degustazione’ Farmers’ Market – Nitida Estate, Durbanville (Saturday 28 March)
- Fynbos Harvest Fair – Fynbos Estate, near Malmesbury (Saturday 28 March)
- Cape Town Mushroom Festival Neighbour Goods Market, Woodstock (Saturday 28 March)
- The Feast of the Grape Durbanville Wine Valley (28-29 March)
- Tulbagh Cape Dutch Food & Wine Festival – Tulbagh (28-29 March)