Come late February I for one will be grabbing my picnic basket and accoutrements and heading for the Cape Country Picnic Festival, at the lovely Bien Donne Farm, near Franschhoek

I’ve not yet been (I think they held the first one last year?), so I don’t know exactly what it’s going to be like, but who could resist the thought of being out in the countryside, lazing about under shady oak trees for a day? Not I!

The South African Cheese Festival (one of my favourite Cape events) is also held at Bien Donne, so whilst I can’t vouch for the Picnic Festival itself, I certainly can recommend the venue.

One thing I’m slightly concerned about is the fact that, much like at Spier, you’re not allowed to bring your own food, just a picnic basket with cutlery, crockery et al. Which means you have to buy everything from the food stalls provided. Fine if the food is reasonably priced, but what if it’s not?

If it’s anything like the Cheese Festival, though, there will be a wide variety of gustatory offerings available: everything from fresh oysters with a squeeze of lemon to boerie rolls liberally doused with ketchup and mello’n’mild, which should take care of every kind of palate (and budget).

The Cape Country Picnic Festival takes place on 23 (Fri), 24 (Sat) and 25 (Sun) February. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the gate. Tickets for the Friday cost R80 (includes a concert), and Saturday/Sunday tickets R45.

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