Well, I won’t be around this weekend, as I’m heading up for a little city-break in the lovely town of Greyton, but there’s plenty of activity on the go for those of you who will be…

Kirstenbosch Craft Market.

Kirstenbosch Craft MarketSaturday 27 Sept. 9am – 3pm. Stone Cottages, corner of Kirstenbosch/Rhodes Drives.

The first market of the 2008/9 summer season kicks off this Saturday… I haven’t been in an age, but there should be lots of quality craft and goodies to peruse, with a beautiful view of the mountain.

Plus, proceeds from stall rentals go to the Kirstenbosch Partnership Fund for improvements to the gardens so you’re doing good just by supporting it.

Hermanus Whale Festival 2008Hermanus Whale Festival.

24th to 28th of September. Various venues, various times. Hermanus.

The whales are back! This annual festival celebrates the return of these magnificent creatures to the Cape (Hermanus is one of their favourite hangouts, it would seem).

Interestingly, this year’s event includes a free Sustainable Living Expo, running daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Pinotage on Tap.

Saturday 27 September. Diemersfontein Estate.

DiemersfonteinThis festival is a celebration marking the release of the original ‘coffee and chocolate’ Diemersfontein Pinotage ’08 (if you haven’t had the pleasure of trying one of these delectable specimens… you’ve been missing out).

Single tickets cost R230 and (prepare to start drooling), here’s what to expect: “Delicious Mexican chili hot chocolate or cocoa dusted cappuccinos will be on tap, slices of your fave chocolate gooey cakes; fountains of chocolate and strawberries for dipping, and if hunger still bites, we will be firing up the braais later in the afternoon.”

Wow.

Nitida Farmers’ Market.

Saturday 27 September. 9am – 1.30pm. Nitida Wine Estate, Durbanville.

Monthly feast of fresh farmers’ produce at the Nitida Wine Estate in Durbanville. You’ll find everything from free-range eggs to organic produce, artisanal bread and home-grown pak choi. And the rural setting is fabulous. Definitely worth the relatively short trip out there!

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PS. I’m always looking for new events, so if you have one you’d like to share, please get in touch!

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