Wow – another weekend jam-packed with activities.  We Cape Town folk certainly do live the good life.

Here are the highlights from the Mother City Living What’s On Calendar, for the weekend ahead…

mushfestCape Town Mushroom Festival

Saturday 28 March – 10am to 2pm.

The Neighbour Goods Market in Woodstock is always a great place to spend a Saturday morning (if you’re not crowd-phobic), and this Saturday there’s a something rather special on for the mycophiles (fancy word for those who rather like mushrooms) amongst us:  The Mushroom Festival.

“Be there as award-winning chef Marli Roberts and her team joins up with Oliver Meckler, trained wine maker, distiller and international Beer Judge to not only showcase the awesome versatility of fresh cultivated mushrooms but to pair up some wonderful dishes with a variety of wines, beers, gin and grappa!”

Mmmmm… sounds good, though it’s likely to be even more crowded than usual.

Location: Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock.  www.mushroominfo.co.za

nitida_marketNitida ‘Degustazione’ All Day Farmers’ Market

Saturday 28 March – 7.30am to 5pm.  

Every month, Nitida Estate hosts a fabulous outdoor (but under-canopy) food market.  And as part of the Feast of the Grape Festival, on the go in the Durbanville Wine Valley over the weekend, this month’s market will run all day long instead of closing up at midday.

Location: Nitida Estate, Durbanville (± 20 mins ex Cape Town).  Contact: Getha Havenga on Nitida 021 976-1467; or email getha@nitida.co.za

Tulbagh Cape Dutch Food & Wine Festival

28 & 29 March – all day.

A celebration of Dutch culture and heritage, with all the trappings: “traditional Dutch and East Indian cuisine – stroopwafels, drop, poffertjies and mussel pots”, a “Dutch Courage” party on the Saturday evening and a farmers’ market for fresh goodies.

I’ve not been myself, and a few people commenting on the original event posting weren’t too complimentary, but on paper it certainly sounds like fun!   The House of Krone (Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate) will be taking part on the Saturday and have quite an enticing array of treats and activities on offer.

Location:  Tulbagh. Website: www.tulbaghtourism.org.za  Contact: Tulbagh Tourism Tel:  023 230 1348 / 75 or Email:  tulbaghinfo@lando.co.za

biodiversityexpoKirstenbosch Biodiversity Expo

27 & 28 March – 9am to 5pm.

Showcase of current biodiversity conservation projects taking place in the Western Cape. A diverse range of organisations and projects will present the work they do to grow South Africa’s priceless biodiversity wealth.

Location: Old Mutual Conference Centre, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Contact: Augustine Morkel (021 799 8899) / amorkel@sanbi.org.

Fynbos Harvest Fair

Saturday 28 March – 9.30am to 5pm.

A feast of grape-related activities, as well as a farmers’ market, various food stalls and myriad entertainments.

Location: Fynbos Estate is situated in the Paardeberg mountains, 15 kilometres outside Malmesbury, an hour’s drive from Cape Town and from Cape Town International Airport. Contact: Diana 022 4871153; email: info@fynbosestate.co.za

The Feast of the Grape

feast of the grape28 & 29 March – various times.

This harvest festival is a complete  package of wine, great food & fine music – from picking a bunch, making your own wine, to wine tastings and cellar tours. 

‘Squish, Splat and Squirt’ your way through the weekend with family and friends in the Durbanville Wine Valley!

Contact:  Michelle van Staden Email: info@durbanvillewine.co.za  Mobile number: 083 310 1228. Visit www.durbanvillewine.co.za for full programme details.

Constantia Waldorf Fair

Saturday 28 March – 11am to 5pm.  R30 adults.

The Constantia Waldorf celebrates 50 years of Waldorf Education in South Africa.  Events include belly dance display, Irish dance, gumboot dance, musical performances and a COMEDY HOUR featuring Alan Committee and Nick Rabinawitz. There will also be a classic car and bike display, a wellness arena, food stalls, and many other stalls.

Constantia Waldorf School is located on Spaanschematriver Road, near Peddlar’s on the Bend.  Phone 021 794 2103 for more info.

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