olive festival 2009Alongside the SA Cheese Festival (April), the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival has to be one of my favourite foodie festivals in the Cape.

It’s located in the beautiful Riebeek Valley, and takes place during the first whispers of Autumn, as the vineyards start to become blazes of red and yellow… It’s quite something.

And, well, I’ve loved olives since I figured out how to eat them… so it’s not hard to make me happy!

Now in it’s ninth year and the largest olive festival celebrated in the Cape, the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival is an original Cape Town experience.

Situated an hour’s drive from the City, visitors to the quaint Riebeek Valley will experience true country hospitality. 

The Olive Festival will feature a traditional South African food village where a wide variety of cuisine favourites and olives can be sampled whilst enjoying a number of live entertainment acts. Known as the Shiraz valley, wine tastings from surrounding wine farms will also be on offer.

To showcase the rich heritage and history of the Valley visitors can wander through the South African Artists Walk where internationally-renowned local artists will be displaying their paintings and sculptures over the weekend.

Parents can enjoy a leisurely day outdoors, whilst their children are safely entertained in the kiddies’ play section.
There is no entry charge to the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival and there will be ample designated parking with shuttle services lifting visitors to the various venues.

For queries call the organisers on 082 896 5022 or 083 299 7731. 

Keep an eye on www.riebeekvalley.info for more detail and for the full programme.

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