Bring on autumn!  One of the Cape’s favourite foodie festivals kicks off today, and there are ever more to come.

SA Cheese Festival
24-27 April.  Bien Donne Farm, on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek. 

Cheese Festival 2008

Cheese Festival 2008

Definitely one of the Cape’s best autumn food festivals, and so popular that, this year, you can no longer buy tickets at the door – you have to get them at Computicket (or Checkers outlets) beforehand.

Be ready for all things cheese, from goats milk, to yoghurt-based varieties smothered in olive oil.  Try some cheese and wine-pairing and, while you’re at it, a little bit of wine-tasting of the region’s finest offerings.

This is not a festival where you wander from pillar to post, hoping for a decent sample – you’ll find generous quantities of just about anything you like (just be wary of trying too many of them hot chilli sauces!)

The 2009 SA Cheese Festival runs from 24-27 April. Friday to Sunday 10am-6pm, Monday 10am-5pm. Tickets are available at Computicket or Checkers outlets:  R85 for Friday or Monday, R110 for Saturday or Sunday, R65 for seniors on all days, kids 12 and under enter for free.  Tasting glasses cost R10 each (or take your own).

Decorex Cape Town
24-27 April.  CTICC.  24,25,26: 10am-8pm (Monday 27th 10am-6pm)

Decorex Cape Town

Decorex Cape Town

An expo of all things design.  The theme: the “New Fusion”: of modern & focused. Urban & rural. The designed & the discovered. The exotic & close to home. The linear & the lustrous. The organic & the ornate.

Of particular interest to those of green-tinted heart – the South African Handmade Collection: a “carefully selected group of items … ranging from baskets woven from grass or recycled plastic, high-design hand made ceramic gallery pieces to functional ware showing the mark of its maker. This project brings the crafter a step closer to becoming a successful local entrepreneur and exporter.”

Decorex Cape Town is open 10am to 8pm daily, but closes at 6pm on the 27th.  Admission: R50.

Nitida ‘Degustazione’ Farmers’ Market
Saturday 25 April.  7.30am-12noon.  Nitida Estate, Durbanville.

Always a highlight of every month, this rustic outdoor (though covered) market in the hills of Durbanville offers a wonderful variety of local and organic produce.

And this Saturday, a new feature: Chefs at Work – an “all ladies” team who are passionate about creating fabulous, delectable products. 

To find out more, contact: Getha Havenga at Nitida 021 976-1467; or email

Kirstenbosch Craft Market
Sunday 26 April.  9am-3pm.  Entrance free.  Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages, corner Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Avenue, diagonally opposite the main entrance to Kirstenbosch Gardens.

The market consists of approximately 180 crafters who sell original, hand-crafted goods of a very high quality. A large variety of refreshments are available, and pony rides are very popular with children. Proceeds from stall rentals go to the Development Fund for Kirstenbosch Gardens.



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