Wine is one of the most famous of Cape Town’s luxury offerings and an important industry in the surrounding farmlands, bringing fame and fortune to those who get it right.
It is all too easy to take our superb local vintages for granted and nary a though is spared for the origins of this precious grape whilst sipping on a superb chardonnay in your favourite luxury Cape Town restaurant. However, without the thousands of humble workers who till our vineyards every day, none of this would be possible, especially not at the affordable South African prices we have become accustomed to.
With this in mind, the good people at Solms Delta have been raising their glasses to the vineyard workers for the last 9 years, at the ATKV Oesfees (harvest festival), taking place on 19 March 2016. This event is free for all farm workers in the area to attend, with a limited number of tickets available to members of the public who would like to join in the festivities.
Besides serving as a show of gratitude for the labours of these local stalwarts, the Oesfees also represents the blessing of the harvest, in accordance with age-old traditions practiced worldwide in wine-growing areas.
Like any festival, food, wine, music and merrymaking are the main events, with a dedicated kiddies play area to ensure that the younger set are kept entertained while their parents let their hair down.
During the day several entertainers, handpicked by the organisers with the help of the local community, will take to the outdoor stage at Solms Delta, wowing the crowds with their laid-back renditions of goema, Cape Jazz, langarm, vastrap and boeremusiek.
Some of the acts who will be in the spotlight this year are Chris Chameleon, Delta Valley Entertainers, Valiant Swart Band, `Emo Adams, Radio Kalahari Orkes, Hannes Coetzee, Papier Family Band, Soetstemme and Langbroeke.
Wine will be on sale by the case, bottle or glass to festivalgoers, along with a range of ice-teas, energy drinks and sodas, while the food trucks offer traditional South African treats to keep you boogie-ing all day long.
Afval, game pie and waterblommetjie bredie are all up for grabs, as well as a range of more mainstream delicacies such as snoek and patat, hot chips, biltong, boerie-rolls, jaffels, biryani, milk tart and koeksisters.
Get your tickets early to avoid missing out on this happy harvest festival in the heart of the Cape winelands, just 45 minutes’ drive from the Mother City.
http://www.oesfees.co.za/ – unfortunately the official website is in Afrikaans but can be translated.