I love autumn. It’s cooler, it’s mistier, it’s filled with mellow fruitfulness (and all that poetic stuff)…

It’s also a time for food festivals, and plenty of ’em. This weekend, the Cheese Festival, next weekend, the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival, and two weekends later, the Good Food and Wine Show – hoohah!

Once the Cheese Festival has been explored, tasted and conquered (well, I think it might actually conquer me, and my eager wallet), I have only a few days’ rest before I head out again for the Olive Festival (30 April – 2 May 2010).

This annual festival of all things olive-related is held in the picturesque Riebeek Valley in the two neighbouring towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West.  Three days of olives, wine-tasting, music and art in beautiful surroundings – what’s not to like?  And, this being the 10th year of the festival, I’m sure there’ll be some extra-special activities on the go.

I absolutely loved it last year, and can’t wait to go again.  Once I have a copy of the festival programme in my paws, I’ll post it up here, and share what I think the highlights are likely to be (in my humble opinion).

Until then, mark it on your calendar, folks – Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May 2010.  It’s only about an hour’s drive out of Cape Town, and it’s a drive very well worth making.

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