It’s time for another monthly What’s On round-up and with summer around the corner there are plenty of fun festivals and events lined up for October.
The annual Hermanus Whale Festival is taking place this weekend and the whales have arrived just in time. Last year there were only a handful of whales to be seen in the bay but luckily this year they’re all back – I spotted plenty last weekend when I visited. This Saturday you can visit the Say Cheese Artisan Cheese Fair at the Italian Club and support local soccer, Cape Town City plays Ajax in the Absa Premiership at the Cape Town Stadium.
Tuning The Vine is happening again on the 11th of October. This mid-week wine adventure is set around an inner city wine route that includes some of the hippest venues and showcases a wide variety of delicious South African wines and talented winemakers. It starts at 5.30pm and tastings end at 8.30pm however venues are open till late so you can stay wherever you are and continue to have fun.
The Kalk Bay Gindig takes place on the 15th of October and is a festive celebration of local gin distilleries. Receive a complementary cocktail on arrival and spend the afternoon tasting flavours from some of the Cape’s top gin producers, while enjoying live music and indulging in freshly baked goods from Olympia Bakery.
Sign up for an edible Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Gary Goldman. Gary, Cape Town’s original Mushroom Fundi, is all set to show you how, with a little patience, some cardboard and a hardwood log, you can grow your own shiitakes and oyster mushrooms.
The Oyster & Champagne Festival takes place on the 14th of October at the Hillcrest quarry. Enjoy an upmarket event serving a wide selection of bubbly, Cap Classique and Sparkling Wines accompanied with a range of oysters from plain to spicy creations of the freshly-shucked kind.
Celebrate Robertson Wine Valley on the banks of the Breede River at the 12th annual Wine on the River festival. Over the weekend of 20 – 22 October, the banks of the Breede River on Goudmyn Farm will come alive with the valley’s esteemed winemakers, local chefs and producers. This picturesque centralized festival gives consumers the opportunity to taste award-winning wines from almost 30 wineries. Unwind, relax and enjoy fresh country air and beautiful scenery.
KAMERS/Makers is back again at the end of the month, taking place again at the picturesque Anura wine estate in the Stellenbosch winelands. With 150 handpicked exhibitors, this is their flagship KAMERS event. Expect a celebration of local design, craft, art, music, food, wine and more.
Elgin Open Gardens is taking place over two weekends (28 – 29 Oct & 4 – 5 Nov) in the Elgin and Bot River districts. There will be 18 open gardens which range from large established country gardens (some over 50 years old), to young, recently planted gardens in villages and on smallholdings, all in a setting of great natural beauty only an hour’s drive from Cape Town.
You can hop over to my What’s On page to keep updated and to view more upcoming events. Have a fantastic weekend!