At the beginning of every year there is a race to get the harvest going and Delheim has been known to ring it in with exuberance and style.
This year's’ theme is Pink, in honour of their award-winning, world-renowned Pinotage Rosé.
It's time to get your PINK on! This happy colour is the theme for Delheim’s 2019 Harvest Festival hosted by this renowned Stellenbosch wine stalwart on Saturday, 26 January to celebrate the bounty of the vineyard.
Make sure you book ahead because tickets are limited to only 120 adults and 30 children to enjoy what promises to be a fun-filled day in the country.
You’ll start the day picking grapes and stomping them too. Then you will ease into a great family-friendly harvest table full of farm fresh salads, dolmades, baked breads, cheese and preserves, pickles, a variety of meats, fruit, cheese straws, olives and of course, grapes.
The desserts are also really worth looking forward to, fynbos cupcakes and Pinotage ice-cream.
A staple for the quintessential Cape Town experience is to head over to the Maynardville Open Air Theatre and be bedazzled by highly talented renditions of Shakespeare’s works under the stars.
The spectacular green wooded park has been playing host to annual open-air festivals of the arts, and I must say, there is something uniquely magical about hearing the breezes hum through the trees as a backdrop to high drama on the stage.
I highly recommend taking a blanket, because it does get quite nippy later in the evening, and a cushion, for the wooden seats.
The pre-show drinks and snacks that can be purchased all work towards supporting local Rotary charities, and they do a lot of great work in the community.
This is a festival of theatre, ballet, orchestra and comedy that you should go and support, you will be pleasantly enthused by the amount of talent you’ll be seeing on stage.
Here’s one to warm your heart and put you in a giving mood for this festive season, the Zip Zap Circus has been going strong for many years and focuses on training youth from many walks of life. Often they provide the alternative to what could become a cycle of wrong choices, in an environment that is fun, challenging and supportive.
Be amazed by the adept juggling, vaulting and jumping, dizzying climbing and high energy comedy acrobatics, the show will leave you gobsmacked and highly entertained.
On the picturesque and ever-busy Kloof street you will find this beautiful little Deli where the passion for food translates into every item they make and stock. This is a community grocer with an interest in social upliftment and supporting the smaller artisan producers and various cottage industries.
The Olive Branch also supplies many of the top Cape restaurants with difficult-to-source ingredients, as well as believing in a holistic approach to health and food.
The shops is an amazing old-worldy experience, and you should stock up on their artisan ancient grain breads, their meticulously pickled olives, feta and dolmades to your heart's content.
Once you’ve stocked up, pack your backpack and head up to the best view in the world, Lions Head. On a scale of 1-10 this is about a 6.5 (depending on your fitness), but well worth the effort!
From Constantia to Franschhoek, we’re off to yet another of the world’s premier wine producing regions, specifically in The Square, a beautiful neck of the woods.
Sacred Ground is a Deli and a bakery and a roastery all in one, with a penchant for the wholesome and the organic.
You really have the option of either grabbing all the items you want to “assemble” for your picnic later, or rab something directly off the deli menu (where they use all the items sold in the shop in any case). Either way, you are bound to walk away with something delicious!
If you want an express option, grab a gourmet baguette, such as the pulled pork belly with gherkins and mustard, or the simply salmon with smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, black sesame seeds and beetroot aioli, delish!
Grab your goodies and head off to Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve to enjoy the tranquility within the UNESCO Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. It’s a place of such beauty, you won’t have to stray far from your parked car to find a spot to unfurl your blanket and devour your spoils :-)
Chardonnay Deli is situated in Constantia, in the lap of vineyards and rolling mountain slopes, surrounded by luscious green in all directions.
While they may call themselves “an upmarket farm stall”, they really are so much more. Created by an ensemble of catering chefs they pride themselves on a variety of healthy and homemade products. They stock everything from basic grocery items to local farm produce, handmade home and lifestyle products and a lot more.
Spoil yourself on any of the amazing bakery goods including rustic cakes and breads, pies, quiches, pastries and cookies, and have it wrapped to go.
The Constantia/Tokai area is rife with beautiful wine estates and forests so you will not struggle to find a beautiful spot to roll out a blanket and tuck in. You may want to take a drive up Price Drive, the view is phenomenal.
Another truly Capetonian experience that takes great advantage of the beautiful summer weather is the Galileo Open Air Cinema.
It rotates venues through some of the most picturesque parts of Cape Town from Bloemendal Wine Estate in Durbanville (Tuesdays) to Kirstenbosch Gardens in Newlands (Wednesdays), the V&A Waterfront in town (Thursdays) and rotating venues in Cape Town (Fridays) as well as alternate Saturday shows in the Cape Winelands and Family Sundays that take place at Kelvin Grove Club and consist of an outstanding kiddie play area with jumping castles, face painting and games.
Couple the excitement of an outdoor movie that begins at sunset with a great market feel and you’re in for a good time. Local vendors whip up delicious and fresh specialties for you to tuck into while enjoying a wonderful line-up of movies under the stars.