My pick of events happening this weekend and the next…

My top pick:

Robertson Slow Festival

Robertson Slow.

8-10 August (various venues and times)

This one’s for folks who like to take things leisurely-like… a slow food festival out in the Robertson Wine Valley.

‘22 Wineries and Guesthouses from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will welcome visitors  into their homes, to their dining tables and onto their farms for a food & wine experience – enjoyed SLOWLY.

Guests can look forward to dinners at the homes of our winemaking families, cooking traditional Robertson Country Fare such as Waterblommetjie Bredie, 7-course Organic Meal, Tripe Stew and Karoo Venison.’

Doesn’t that sound delectable?  If I had the budget, I’d be there in a flash (and then take it SLOW, haha).  I mention it now because I think bookings close today, so if you’re interested, act fast!

In Cape Town:

Robertson Slow FestivalHolistic Lifestyle Fair.

Saturday 3 August – 10am to 4pm.

I love this unpretentious market.   It’s got everything from ‘organic and exotic food to funky clothing and trendy décor; from therapeutic massage to life readings’ – and, best of all, Gerald sets up his honey stall there (my stocks are getting low, again – I think I eat too much honey).

Over 160 ‘colourful and creative traders’ will be showcasing their lifestyle goods and services indoors and outdoors at the Observatory Recreation Centre (off Station and Lower Main roads and Drake Street).  For more info call 021 788 8088. Entry costs R8 per adult, under-16’s free.

Around Cape Town:

Stellenbosch Wine FestivalStellenbosch Wine Festival 2008.

31 July – 3 August (various times)

A feast of wine-related activities at the Paul Roos Centre in Stellenbosch.  Tickets range from R100 to R350 per person, and are available from Computicket.

Women’s Day showcaseHeart & Stroke Foundation SA Women’s Day Showcase.
Saturday 9 August ’08. 11am – 2pm. Tickets – R60 per person.

A double-whammy of delectable fresh goods and feelgood fund-raising.

Visit the awesome Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market first for all your home-made produce and fresh veggie cravings and then support the Heart & Stroke Foundation Children’s Programme by stopping in at their Women’s Day Showcase:

This annual Women’s day event aims to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation Children’s Programme, an education initiative that has positively touched the lives of 1.85 million previously disadvantaged children during the past 10 years.

The programme includes an interactive fashion show by 5 local boutiques, wardrobe consulting and accessory advice, wine tastings, gift bags, light snacks, therapeutic massage and jewellery.  For more info contact Linka.

That’s just a selection – for more events on this weekend and the next, check out my events calendar!

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