Weekend suggestion: The 2017 Waterblommetjie Festival taking place on Sat, 2 Sep

by Karisa

Spring is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a day of festivities out in the winelands.

This Saturday, 2 September 2017, it’s time for the 2017 Waterblommetjie Festival.

Taking place at selected wine farms & cellars in the Boland area, including Boland Cellar, Under Oaks, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and Windmeul Kelder, the festival promises a great line-up of live entertainment, fun activities for the little ones, pop-up stores & stalls, lots of delicious food, wine tastings and more.

Only a 50 – 55min drive out of Cape Town and with all the wine farms within a short driving distance of each other, you can easily visit a couple (or all) of the farms.  Or… if you find one you love, you can of course also settle in for the day….

The other great reason to go is to show support for the Paarl Haven Night Shelter, because get this – there are no entrance fees.  All you have to do to gain entrance is to bring along one tin of canned food per vehicle which you’ll handover when arriving at your first wine farm.

Waterblommetjie Festival visitors also stand a chance of winning one of four R500 cash prizes. Collect your passport card at any participating wine farm/cellar and stamp the card at each establishment to secure your name in the draw.

So what’s on the cards at the various farms/cellars?

  • Boland Cellar:
    – Music by Ivan van Merwe:  10am – 4pm
    – Wine Sales:  9am -4pm
    – Kids entertainment:  9am – 4pm
    – Henna Tattoos:  11am – 4pm
    – Waterblommetjie tapas:  9am – 4pm
    – “Pop- up” shop:  9am – 4pm
    ** For more information, contact them on 021 862 6190 of info@bolandkelder.co.za **
  • Under Oaks:
    – Wine Sales (Lucky draw discounts):  9am – 4pm
    – Waterblommetjie Muffins & Coffee:  9am – 10am
    – Waterblommetjie Pizza & Lasagne:  10am – 4pm
    – Waterblommetjie & Wine pairing:  10am – 4pm (until stocks last), R 100.00 per person (Bookings required)
    – Wine Theatre with Winemaker Bertus Fourie (Presented in the private cellar), R 150.00 per person (Limited space – booking is required): 11am – 12:30pm, 2pm – 3:30pm
    – Waterblommetjie Masterclasses: Presented by Herman Lensing, Editor of Sarie Kos, R 150.00 per person (Booking is required), 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
    ** For more information please contact Suretha van der Spuy on +27(0)21 869 8535 **
  • Rhebokskloof Wine Estate:
    – Amazing activities for younger visitors will definitely be a draw card at Rhebokskloof. The latest addition to their programme is a Super Hero Adventure Race, where participants can tackle the fun obstacle course dressed as their favourite super heroes. Register at Hero Adventures on the farm on Friday, 1 September, between 15h00 – 17h00. Entry fees are R30 for kids aged 6-12, while tweens over 13 pay R60. Free entry for toddlers and kids under five.
    – Other fun activities include face painting, pony rides, jumping castles and Zorbing.
    – Adults can enjoy live music and the gourmet offerings at the pop-deli, including waterblommetjie ice cream and stews as well as oysters and bubbly.
    – Wine lovers can join Shiraz tastings and take advantage of the incredible wine specials.

    ** For more information please contact on +27(0)21 869 8386 **
  • Windmeul Kelder:
    – Get there early for their farmers market
    – Run The Vines 5km & 10km race
    – A jumping castle for the little ones
    – A waterblommetjie & wine pairing from 10am to 12pm
    – A potjiekos competition
    – Live music by Wouter van de Venter en Die Wildberries
    ** For more information please contact on +27(0)21 869 8100 **

So just to recap:

Time: Most activities start around 9am and run until 4pm
Entrance: One can of tinned food per vehicle
Participating farms:  Boland Cellar, Under Oaks, Rhebokskloof, Windmeul Kelder

I sadly can’t make it due to a clash with a friend’s 30th birthday celebrations, but the kind organisers sent me this awesome hamper of goodies to get a small taste of what will be on offer on the day…

Can’t wait to get stuck in!

You, on the other hand, should totally make a day of it and join in on all the Waterblommetjie fun. 🙂


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