March 26, 2013
Food and wine festivals in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Let’s face it: not only is Cape Town the number one destination to visit on your travel bucket list, it’s the best place to get a taste of the African motherland. With a variety of world-class food and wine events all year round, the tasty Mother City is a food and wine lover’s dream vacation spot.
Locals will tell you that not only is our hometown filled to the brim with fantastic restaurants, cafes and bistros that offer an array of international and local dishes, but she is also quite good at hosting culinary and viticultural festivals that will make you a slave to her aromatic talents.
If you’re planning to visit our inspirational shores between April and October, you simply have to pop by these mouth-wateringly great food and wine festivals in Cape Town:
Come and indulge in all of your culinary fantasies as the Mother City’s finest chefs, winemakers and artisan producers tantalise your senses over four unforgettable days.
Date: 11-14 April
Location: Green Point Cricket Club, Cape Town
Contact: +27(0)21 418 4516
Sink your teeth into the scrumptious delights and whet your whistle with the premium wines of more than 100 exhibitors at the popular annual Good Food & Wine Show, at the impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre this May.
This year’s delicious attractions include cooking demonstrations by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, namely the feisty Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen fame; the South African Bar Show with top liquor stalls and brandy pairings, and themed theatre events.
Date: 23-26 May
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Contact: +27(0)21 797 4500
For a wine festival with a township atmosphere, don’t miss the third annual Gugulethu Wine Festival.
Set on top of the local shopping mall with a supreme view of Table Mountain, our Wonder of Nature, the Festival showcases established wineries, including Nederburg Wines alongside up-and-coming winemakers 4th Street and Naughty Girl, as well as a red-hot line-up of the best local entertainers.
Location: Gugulethu Shopping Centre, Cape Town
You’re set for a feast at the South African Cheese Festival, in the gorgeous Stellenbosch Winelands.
Artisan cheese-makers bring a rich variety of together under one roof at the Sandringham Wine Estate, teaching you how to elevate a humble snack into a not-to-be-missed gourmet experience.
While the little ones are entertained by the Milk Factory with its helpful cheese-makers, including cows, goats and sheep, grown-ups will enjoy the celebrity foodie demonstrations at the Checkers Theatre.
Olives are a great addition to any meal or drink (just ask James Bond what it does for a martini!), so discover the diversity of this fruit at the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival in May.
Stock up on a wide selection of olives, delicious olive oils, preserves, tapenades and olive-based beauty products, browse through the fresh goods market or sample some homemade beer at the local microbrewery at this fantastic festival.
Now in its tenth year, the Wacky Wine Weekend in luscious Robertson treats you to a three-day vino fiesta, tailor-made to your liking, allowing you to meander from winery to winery at your leisure.
Live music, bonfires and, of course, wine-and-food pairings make this festival a must-do event!
Date: 6-9 June
Location: Robertson Wine Valley
Contact: +27(0)23 626 3167
Cook Franschhoek 2013
This June, Franschhoek welcomes you into its decadent and tasty fold for its annual gourmet fest, Cook Franschhoek.
Get a finger-licking good crash course in culinary excellence, with demos by legendary chefs and winemakers, and more.
Date: 14-16 June
Contact: +27 (0)21 876 2861
Beyond Cape Town:
A mere four hours’ drive from the Mother City, the quaint town of Knysna is known for its delectable annual Oyster Festival.
With more than 100 exciting events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to wine and whisky tastings and gala evenings, this year’s Pick n Pay Oyster Festival is set to be the biggest and best yet!
Date: 28 June-7 July
Contact: +27 (0)44 382 5510
For more details on what’s happening in Cape Town, visit our Events page.