Upcoming Food and Drink Festivals in South Africa

 
 

South Africa is known as one of the greatest culinary hubs in the world, and it’s during the southern hemisphere’s autumn and winter months that this country’s wine, whisky and food scene really comes to life. Outdoor festivals take over its towns, celebrating the nation’s distinguished heritage with feasts, music and entertainment, enticing visitors from

 

20th April 2016

The Twelve Apostles Hotel

South Africa is known as one of the greatest culinary hubs in the world, and it’s during the southern hemisphere’s autumn and winter months that this country’s wine, whisky and food scene really comes to life. Outdoor festivals take over its towns, celebrating the nation’s distinguished heritage with feasts, music and entertainment, enticing visitors from across the globe. Opt for a chic stay in Cape Town at The Twelve Apostles, a cultural break in Durban at The Oyster Box, or a wilderness retreat at Bushmans Kloof, to discover the food and drink of each region at the most exciting festivals in South Africa.

Lamberts Bay Crayfish Festival

Festivals in South Africa

Drive three hours from Cape Town and you’ll stumble upon Lamberts Bay, a small, charming fishing village that plays host to an annual crayfish fiesta. The three-day extravaganza features Afrikaans performances alongside hordes of stalls selling handmade clothes, crafts and seafood fresh from the Ocean.

Lambertsbaai Kreeffees
29th April – 1st May 2016

Coffee and Chocolate Expo

Festivals in South Africa

Chocoholics unite: At this three-day festival you’ll find workshops, a pairing theatre and a music lounge, alongside enough chocolate to satisfy a year’s worth of cravings. Indulge in a chocolate beer or try the coffee and chocolate wine, a delicious, guilt-inducing combination of the finest things in life.

Coffee and Chocolate Expo
Durban: 29th April – 2nd May 2016
Cape Town: 9th – 11th September 2016

Riebeek Kasteel Olive Festival, Western Cape

Festivals in South Africa

This annual festival in the Riebeek Valley is dedicated to all things olive, offering olive oils and other fresh produce, as well as wines, artisanal beers and live entertainment. Buy an ‘Olive Passport’ to visit participating wine farms, and enjoy a complimentary tasting as part of the experience.

Riebeek Kasteel Olive Festival
7th – 8th May 2016

Calitzdorp Winter Festival, Western Cape

Festivals in South Africa

Every June, South Africa’s capital of Port is transformed into one giant festival for the weekend, with food stalls, craft fairs, a treasure hunt and various other activities all taking place to celebrate its wine heritage. Expect live music, a beer tent, art exhibitions, abseiling, and a bike race. Bring the children along and explore this historic town, set in the heart of Klein Karoo.

Calitzdorp Winter Festival
16th – 19th June 2016

Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend

Festivals in South Africa

Set in the heart of rolling vineyards in the Robertson Wine Valley, this four-day festival brings together over 40 wineries from the region, with tasting sessions, food pairings, presentations and outdoor activities. You’ll be able to visit various vineyards in the valley and sample some of South Africa’s most exquisite wines, while exploring their unique, verdant origins.

Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend
2nd – 5th June 2016

Hermanus Wine and Food Festival

Festivals in South Africa

Featuring more than 250 wines from Overberg and beyond, alongside a huge food marquee, the Hermanus Wine and Food Festival is well worth a visit if you’re staying in Cape Town. The region offers an idyllic, scenic retreat from the buzz of the city, and you can try a variety of local delicacies as you explore the wineries dotted throughout the emerald-green landscape.

Hermanus Wine and Food Festival
6th – 8th August 2016

Hantam Vleisfees, Calvinia, Northern Cape

Festivals in South Africa

You’ll find every type of meat dish imaginable at Hantam Vleisfees, set in the heart of sheep country, Calvinia – expect to find tender stews, curries, braai, potjies and other South African specialities, all freshly prepared and locally produced. Located less than a two-hour drive from Bushmans Kloof, the festival has been pulling in the crowds for 26 years, and with live music, a street party and a host of other entertainment, it’s easy to see why.

Hantam Vleisfees
26th – 27th August 2016

Back at your hotel, continue the culinary exploration; whether dining at the Chef’s Table at The Oyster Box, pairing fine dining with star gazing at Twelve Apostles, or picnicking on the reserve at Bushmans Kloof, it’s sure to be an extraordinary experience.

Image credits: Cover photo © iStock / Stephen Walls. Crayfish at Lambert’s Bay © iStock /Tamkarnwela. The Coffee and Chocolate Expo © iStock / fcafotodigital. Olive trees in South Africa © iStock /Lizél Lindsay Basson. Klein Karoo © iStock / Andrea Willmore. Robertson Wine Region © iStock / Tatami_Skanks. Hermanus © iStock / Meinzahn. Braai © iStock / Ferran Traite Soler.

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