It’s a jam-packed weekend ahead, to be sure… with wine harvest festivals, food markets, food bloggers’ conferences and then some.

Here, then, are the highlights for the (long) weekend ahead, taken from the Mother City Living Events Calendar (feel free to add more as comments, if I’ve missed some!)

An evening of poetry at Folio Books: Helen Moffett & Liesl Jobson

Friday 19 March 2010.  6pm.  Folio Books, 207 Main Road, Newlands. RSVP: 021 685 7190. (more info)

A gentle way to start the weekend – come and share a glass of wine while listening to poems that will ” delight, shock, anger, comfort and amuse”.

Wellington Wine Harvest Festival

Saturday 20 March – Monday 22 March 2010.  Various times, various venues in Wellington.  (details)

Enjoy a laidback autumn day in the open air or hop from cellar to cellar to meet the masters behind the award winning wines.  Although the fruit of the vine is the guest of honour, the festival remains a fabulous family affair with Wingerd Rock, game drives, wild boar on the spit, light classics under the stars, Springbok Burgers, potjie competitions, grape stomping, quadbike trails and a fresh goods market specialising in local produce.

Rondebosch Potters’ Market

Saturday 20 March.  8am-3pm.  Free entry.  Rondebosch Park.  (details)

Local and country potters from the Western Cape come together at this event to sell their quality wares. Browse the colourful stalls and find some grub at one of the refreshment stands to one side of the market.

Kirstenbosch Garden Fair

Saturday 20 March and Sunday 21 March 2010. 9am-4pm. Cost R5.  Stone Cottages (opposite the main entrance to Kirstenbosch) (details)

This annual fundraising event supports Kirstenbosch development projects and is a showcase for South Africa’s indigenous flora especially grown to offer gardeners a unique opportunity to acquire a wide range (some 500+ species) of trees, Proteas, shrubs, Buchus, herbaceous perennials, succulents, Ericas, Restios, bulbs, Cycads, etc. and other rare and unusual plants for collectors.

Feast of the Grape

Sunday 21 March 2010.  Various estates in Durbanville. (details and programme)

Harvesting the bounty of the vineyards is one of the most important moments in the making of good wine. The Durbanville Wine Valley celebrates ‘Feast of the Grape’, its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, 21 March, signaling the end of the grape season and the beginning of autumn.

Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market

Sunday 21 March 2010.  9am-2pm.  Kalk Bay Community Centre. (details)

After a bit of a break, this small market is back!  Discover a select group of vendors offering food, fresh goods and preserves; natural and organic goods; ‘green’ and eco-friendly items; handcrafted and repurposed products; books, plants and more at this intimate monthly indoor market right next to the sea.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Sunday 21 March 2010.  5.30pm.  (more info)

Not too many of these left… this time around it’s the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra filling the gardens with their classical sounds.

Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show Fundraising Concert – The Parlotones

Monday 22 March 2010. 5pm. Kirstenbosch Gardens. 021 799 8783

The Old Mutual Chelsea Flower Show Fundraising Concert is a special event to raise funds for the Kirstenbosch-South Africa Chelsea Flower Show exhibit in London in May. This extended Sunset Concert will take place on Monday 22nd March 2010 (Public Holiday) and will open with The Black Hotels 17h00 – 17h30 followed by The Parlotones until 19h00.  Tickets cost R120 and are available from the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office and

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