June marks the official start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. In Cape Town, winter means it’s time for great food and great wine, and any excuse to celebrate it. But it’s not all just fun for foodies, June is packed with events of all flavours that will suit every taste.
Here’s a look at some of the top events during the month of June:
Wacky Wine Weekend
The annual Wacky Wine Weekend takes place once again in the Robertson Wine Valley, a two-hour drive from the city centre. This family-friendly affair offers everything from delicious food and wine, grape stomping, cellar tours, live music, and numerous outdoor and kid-friendly activities.
When: 1 – 4 June | Where: Robertson Wine Valley | Website: www.wackywineweekend.com | Contact: +27 (0)23 626 3167
Good Food & Wine Show
The foodie event of the year, the Good Food & Wine Show will once again tickle the taste buds of the Mother City. The annual event features numerous food and wine vendors, foodie experiences, and cooking demonstrations by top international chefs. This year the show will host the chef of chefs, the legendary Marco Pierre White, who has trained some of the top chefs in the world, including Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone. South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and musician and chef J’Something will also be headlining at the CTICC, where the show saw more than 60 000 visitors in 2016.
When: 2 – 4 June | Where: CTICC | Website: www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za |Contact: +27 (0)21 702 2280
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
One for the connoisseurs, the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is the premier wine competition, and obviously a really big deal in one of the best wine regions in the world. On Thursday, 8 June, this prestigious event will open its doors to the public, where they have the opportunity to taste some of the country’s top wines from more than 30 categories, including Best Red, Best White, Best Value (Discovery of the Show), as well as the International Judges’ Trophy award
When: 8 June | 17:00 to 21:00 | Where: The Ballroom at the CTICC | Website: dogreatthings.co.za/trophywineshow |
The Wedding Expo
For excited brides and grooms-to-be, Pinterest-lovers and anyone in the wedding industry, the Wedding Expo should be on top of your to-do list. The event showcases everything wedding-related, from stylists, photographers, florists, fashion designers, planners, caterers, and more, and will give you a great deal of inspiration for the big day.
When: 10 – 11 June | Where: CTICC | Website: www.wedding-expo.co.za | Contact: +27 (0)21 522 9012
Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
For a party of a different kind, go check out the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival. The Mother City is a well-known jazz destination and plays host to the famous Cape Town Jazz Festival. This show, however, aims to keep the jazz vibes alive by giving a new generation of jazz muso’s the chance to perform to live festival audiences. Come listen to bands from schools, colleges and local communities do their jazz thing and get your feet a-tapping.
When: 31 May – 3 June | Where: Baxter Concert Hall | Website: ctbigbandjazzfest.co.za | Contact: +27 (0)21 794 8193
Encounters Documentary Festival
Every year documentary film lovers flock to screens around Cape Town for the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival to catch some of the best documentaries from around the world. This year’s festival will feature 32 South African films, more than 70 shorts and features, as well as 19 World Premieres of acclaimed documentaries such as ‘Last Men in Aleppo’, and ‘I Am Not Your Negro’. The festival will kick off with ‘Strike a Rock’ a film by local filmmaker Aliki Sargas, which takes a look at South Africa’s current turbulent socio-political climate.
When: 1 – 11 June | Where: V&A Cinema Nouveau; The Labia; Bertha Movie House | Website: www.encounters.co.za | Contact: +27 (0)21 418 3310
A whale of a time
The start of winter also marks the start of whale season, when pods of predominantly Southern Right and Humpback whales migrate north from the Antarctic, stopping over in False Bay and Gansbaai. Here they can be seen breaching, fluking and spouting. The best place to spot the whales is in Hermanus, just over an hour and a half’s drive from the city centre, where many little festivals and events are held to celebrate the arrival of these giants of the sea.
When: June to November | For more info see Hermanus Whale Cruiser
Cableway Kidz Season
Don’t forget, the Table Mountain Cableway’s Kidz Season runs all the way until the end of September. Kidz Season is a special offer where for every adult ticket purchased, two kids under 18 ride the cableway for free, and once at the top they can get a treasure hunt map (and free sweets) so they can explore the great natural beauty of Cape Town’s iconic landmark. For hungry tummies, there’s also a kidz meal special that includes a dassie-shaped pizza slice, a chocolate slushie, and a marshmallow kebab for R49.50.
When: Weekends, public and school holidays from 1 May – 30 September 2017 | Website: www.tablemountain.net | Contact: +27 (0)21 424 8181
For more events, check out our Events’ Calendar.