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pring has indeed sprung early in the Overberg this year. About two weeks before the longed-for Spring Day, it was as if a switch had been flipped, miraculously transporting us from freezing winter temperatures to balmy spring weather. And nowhere is spring as beautiful as in the Overberg, with the buttery yellow of ripe canola fields and the soft pastel colours of blossoms covering the fruit orchards. With the new season comes lots of new activity, especially in Hermanus and surrounding towns. There are art walks, arts festivals, fynbos festivals, spring festivals, whale festivals, music and comedy shows and even the region’s first wedding expo to look forward to this month. Check out our events diary on page 3 and make sure you don’t miss out! For art lovers there is the monthly Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk, new galleries opening, and a very special exhibition at The Mission’s House Gallery that has been extended until 12 September. Read more about our town’s art news in Patrick Chapman’s column on page 6, and learn all about artist Eugene Botes’s exhibition of organic sculptures and prints at The Mission’s House Gallery on page 7. There is always something new happening in Hermanus, and this month sees the re-branding and re-launch of the Hemel-en-Aarde Village which coincides with our town’s iconic winery Hermanuspietersfontein’s 10th birthday celebrations. Restaurant news includes the re-opening of an old favourite, The Milkwood Bistro Restaurant & Beach Hut on Onrus beach, and the launch of well-known restaurant personalities Rayno and Celia Rabie’s new bistro on Main Road, Betty Blue. Turn to page 10 to read more. Another first for Hermanus is the pop-up treasure trove of handmade creativity called KAMERS. The exhibition will be hosted at Curro over the Heritage Day weekend and visitors can look forward to a celebration of local design, craft, art, fashion, décor, food, wine and music. Get all the details on this not-to-bemissed event on page 11. And last but not least, be sure to join the wine farms of the Botriver Wine Route this weekend as they celebrate the arrival of spring with plenty of good cheer, food, wine, art and music. A happy spring season to you all!

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HERMANUS Friday 4 – Sunday 6 September Botrivier Spring Festival

Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 September Whalecoast Weddings & Wine Expo

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September Greyton Creative Arts Festival

The wine farms of the Bot River Wine Route will be hosting a fabulous weekend to celebrate the advent of Spring. Wine lovers, nature lovers and families are invited to get together for the goodtime event of the year with wine tastings, gastronomic delights, entertaining activities, local artists and so much more. For further details on the participating wineries, turn to P13.

Bona Dea has teamed up with Coastline Events to host the first annual Whalecoast Weddings & Wine (WWW) Expo. Tickets at R100pp, available online from www. or R130pp at the gate, will give you all-day multiple access to enjoy the fashion shows, live music and entertainment, demonstrations, wine tastings and food stalls. See P 5 for more details or go to

Proudly sponsored by Oak & Vigne, the inaugural Greyton Creative Arts Festival will host a weekend of exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops and demonstrations. Crafters and artists from across the Overberg will participate, sharing their skills and knowledge. There will also be a crafters market selling locally crafted and vintage products, an art-themed street party with live music and an art auction dinner. For more information, visit

Friday 11 September Barry Hilton Live Our very own comedian, Barry Hilton, will be performing at Curro Hermanus at 19:00. Barry Hilton Live is a fundraiser for the school and suitable for all ages. Tickets at R120 pp are available from Curro reception or online at For more info, call 028 316 4911.

Sunday 13 September Luna Paige Lunch-time Show Luna Paige is bringing her music to Hermanus with a lunch-time performance at the Mock Turtle (above Lemon Butta) at 12:30. As a veteran of numerous SA arts festivals and fresh from her tour of the Netherlands, Luna will perform Afrkaans and English songs from her previous albums as well as a few new songs. Tickets are R100pp. Contact 028 316 4567 / 082 896 5106 or info@sprokkelster for bookings.

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September Funky Fynbos Festival This year’s Funky Fynbos Festival at De Uijlenes near Gansbaai offers a fun opportunity to celebrate our unique floral heritage during a truly wonderful weekend getaway for the whole family. There will be fynbos displays and safaris, talks, harvesting and demonstrations, as well as craft stalls, great food and drink, live music and sporting events. See P 14 for all the details.

Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 September Fernkloof Flower Festival The Hermanus Botanical Society will present their annual flower festival to celebrate our floral heritage with a spectacular display of local flowers in the Fernkloof Hall. Opening on Heritage Day, the festival will run from 09:00 – 17:00 on all three days. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Fynbos Creatures’ and displays around the hall will introduce you to the creatures who share the flower-covered hillsides with us. There will also be craft stalls, children’s entertainment, and delicious teas and lunches available throughout the festival. Visitors can also join a guided walk along the reserve trails. See P 14 for more details. Contact 028 313 0819 / 028 313 8100 or email Visit www.fernkloof. com or

Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 September KAMERS Hermanus South Africa’s pop-up treasure trove of hand-crafted creativity will host an exhibition at Curro School from 09:00 – 18:00 daily. Come and browse this fresh and stylish selection of the hottest handcrafted design, décor, gifts, fashion, and delicious local artisan food and wine. Visitors can also look forward to live music entertainment and a unique wine tasting experience at the Creation Wine & Food Theatre. Tickets at R50pp are available from www. or R70 at the entrance. Children up to 18 enter free. Read more on KAMERS Hermanus on P11.

Thursday 24 Sep – Sat 10 Oct Whale Fringe Fest Several venues in Hermanus will be participating in the Whale Fringe Fest by presenting live music entertainment, with an array of exciting artists both renowned and up-and-coming. There will also be classical music, with the Hermanus Pro Musica Choir performing with classical guitarist Nina Fourie-Gouws in St. Peter’s Church on Sunday 4 October at 15:30. Bookings can be made at 082 876 6190. For further information on the full programme, see P 13 or visit

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 October Hermanus Whale Festival This popular annual event will celebrate its 24th year as the only enviro-arts festival in South Africa during the first weekend of October when thousands of visitors flock to Hermanus to celebrate spring, enjoy the unique natural environment, watch the whales and revel in great music. The whales and fellow creatures of the deep are the star performers at the festival, and will be joined on land by great sports events, food stalls, quality crafters and children’s entertainment. For the full programme of events, visit, call 028 313 0928 or send an email to festival@hermanus.

Saterdag 3 Oktober Sappige Vriendinne van die Overberg Pretprater Elsabe Aldrich woon nou in Sandbaai en nooi haar sappige vriendinne van die Overberg uit om vanaf 10:00 saam te kuier by die Sandbaaisaal. Bring jou hartsvroue saam en lag, kuier en vier vriendskap en die lewe tydens die Walvisfees met ‘n ete en vele verrassings. Ander kunstenaars en sprekers wat gaan deelneem is die bekende aktrise Elsabé Daneel, ervare tuinvrou Anna Celliers en sangsensasie Riaan Hunter. Vir ‘n volledige uitnodiging, stuur ‘n vonkpos na of skakel Lani Gouws by 082 331 4619.

Saturday 3 October PJ Powers Live Sprokkelster Productions is proud to present a one night only live performance by PJ Powers. The open-air show starts at 19:30 at the Old Harbour, and there will be alcohol and food on sale. Bring blankets, cushions and a basket, but note that no alcohol may be brought into the venue. Tickets are R175. Contact Louise on 028 316 4567 / 082 896 5106 or info@sprokkelster, or book online at www.



ermanus Pieters, the Dutch teacher who Overberg farmers from the early 1800’s imported because they didn’t like the idea of their children being schooled in English? Or is it the Postmaster who in 1902 decided Hermanuspietersfontein was too long a name for his rubber stamp and therefor shortened the village’s name to Hermanus? There are no heroes and no villains in this story. September 2015 however sees the wine brand with the longest Afrikaans name in the world celebrating its 10th birthday. After blasting its way out of the rock a decade agothe cellar staged its official opening as afarmer’s market. A novel idea at the time it turned out they would be the first wine cellar in South Africa to present a regular Saturday morning Food and Wine Market and till this day – come wind, rain or storm – they present the Saturday morning market. The cellar is run by a family like a family, which, at times resembles the Adams Family what with names like Kleinboet, Bloos, Posmeester and Skoonma - each a character in its own right. Kleinboet - the charmer and sportsman in the family. World Cup 2010 he volunteered as Bafana Bafana reserve; when they dropped out he donned his clogs and offered his services to the Dutch. At one time he aspired to become mayor of Hermanus and rumour has it he’s a real ladies man. Meantime his younger sister the shy girl with long legs, Bloos, has become an international favourite in her own right, people love her like mad. Some would say Posmeester is their hero because was it not for him there was no story behind their name. He first had to shorten the name so they could make a long story out of the whole affair! Then there’s the Kaalvoet Meisie from Sondagskloof – the nickname for Nr.7 Sauvignon blanc. The ‘greeny’ in the family who makes sure they do all the right things right; patron of the cellar’s Project 20/20 Love to Learn development program which, using tablet technology, helps teach kids ages 5 to 8 to learn to read and write. What’s so quirky about her? She never wears shoes. Like all ‘good’ families they too have black sheep – appropriately named Swartskaap. He has the confidence to live with his lot and as the saying goes things run off him like water off a duck’s back. What’s the one thing that runs through the whole family’s veins? The whole lot of them hails from their Sondagskloof BWI Champion cool climate. A bit like the Farmer Brown story of old – they taste so good because they eat so good?

Speaking of which: was it not for the fact Hermanus Pieters was mostly paid in sheep and there had to be a fountain where his flock could graze there would be no story. That’s why we’re told they use Skapie as their spokesperson. Asked what he wanted for his 10th birthday? “Friendships, thank you very much!”



ona Dea Estate, the most opulent wedding and function venue in the Overberg, has teamed up with Coastline Events to host the first annual Whalecoast Weddings & Wine Expo (WWWE) this month on 24, 25 and 26 September. Situated on the Camphill Road in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the luxurious Bona Dea private estate provides the ideal setting for this most exclusive wedding show, a must-go-to event for wedding inspiration and information for bridesto-be. Sip on a selection of the region’s top wines and nibble on the delicious canapés as you meet and mingle with wedding planners, designers and service providers to help you plan your perfect wedding in the heart of the Cape Whale Coast. Bona Dea provides the perfect setting to showcase all that our region has to offer as a magical wedding destination. The Latin name of this protea and orchid farm means ‘The Good Goddess’ and it nestles against a pristine fynbos mountainside with endless views across the valley from the function venue’s immaculate sprawling gardens and many water features. The estate epitomizes opulence and a discerning eye for detail, with the capacity to accommodate up to 300 people for weddings or corporate functions, or as little as 24 people for intimate celebrations.

Robert and Diddi Johnson, the owners of Bona Dea, were delighted to be awarded the 2015 Peers’ Choice Winner in the Top Country Wedding Venue category of the TopVendor Wedding Awards on 18 August.

The WWWE will include wine tastings, food stalls, fashion shows, live entertainment, workshops and demonstrations. A multiple access ticket to the three-day event will cost you R100 and bookings can be made at www.ticibox. or via the link on the website. Tickets will also be available at the gate at R130 pp. The WWWE will include a 3-day workshop on floral bridal design by Wally Klett, for which you need to book separately via the website. Visit www. for all the details.

WWWE will be giving away a dream wedding at Bona Dea Estate to the value of R500 000 to one lucky couple crowned WWW Couple of the Year! There will also be a second prize to the value of R100 000 and a third prize to the value of R50 000. If you are South African and engaged to be married in 2015/2016 you still have time to enter! All the details are on the website win-a-wedding and all you need to do is register online and submit your project by 13 September. The winners will be announced and owned at the expo on 26 September.



By Patrick Chapman


ity centre art space in Hermanus is expanding like a supernova and this can only be good for this Art Destination of the Western Cape. The offering is getting bigger just in time for the summer season. Take my headline with a pinch of salt yet bear in mind that salt – or at least saltpetre – is the major component of gunpowder. We are not yet safe from the plague of fastfood outlets and “China” shops that seem to be the default position of desperate landlords but we are on the right track. SPACE GALLERY In April Jozua Rossouw more than doubled his floor area by opening SPACE down Warrington Arcade as a complement to his long-established gallery known as Rossouw Modern. This airy venue is being made available for multiple purposes – it is a party space, an art space , a space for happenings. Next up is Nicole Pletts, hailing from KZN. Her show “5933 Miles....” opens on 4 September. LEMBU too, has taken two shops in the Warrington Arcade, one as fabric studio and art space for Ed Bredenkamp to work on his canvasses and the other as workshop for the craft workers who create many of the unique pieces displayed in the main store on Harbour Road. WALKER BAY GALLERY Reminiscent of the days when the Philip Harper Galleries were at their peak, current owner of the Main Road premises of Walker Bay Gallery, Francois Grobbelaar, is reuniting the old Lembu area to increase his gallery substantially. Upstairs and down, the workmen are busy. Francois is coy about what exactly he plans but it will certainly include art. Watch that space... FOUCHÉ FINE ART GALLERY Newcomer to Hermanus – fresh from Greyton where she was for some years – is Adèle Claudia Fouché, practising artist and seasoned gallery owner. Her studio is in the Astoria Arcade that runs through from Main Road to Long Street – Milady’s is on the corner. The “ Tunnel” is an intriguing division of the space that makes room for smaller works, perhaps jewellery or special exhibitions of guest artists. She opened on Thursday 27 August and will be unofficially on show during the First Friday art walk so pop in on the eve of Friday 4 September and view her work. NEW GROUP GALLERY Royal Arcade is soon to host a quartet of experienced artists who have got together to showcase their works. Lize van der Walt, Christine Henderson, Jeandre Marinier and Erna Dry have earned their own space which will be known as The Hermanus Contemporary Gallery. They will invite other artists from time to time. HERMANUS ART CIRCLE This artists’ association is close to securing new premises after a happy spell in the bright retail space behind Pick n Pay parking area, now home to a prosaic bedshop. So, dear readers, gallerists are putting their money on the table and it’s up to us now to visit these feisty entrepreneurs who are underlining our town’s place on the artistic map.


FF decided on a sea theme for this month’s Artwalk in honour of White Shark Projects’ educational conservation initiative called The 21 Days for the Ocean. Comprising educational talks, beach clean-ups, tree-plantings, online competitions and their annual Fundraiser Dinner in aid of the South African Shark Conservancy, this year’s 21 Days for the Ocean runs from 1 – 21 September. For more information on how you can get involved, contact 028 312 3347 or admin@whitesharkprojects.




he Mission’s House Gallery in Onrus will be extending their solo exhibition of organic sculptures and prints by Eugene Botes with the Afrikaans title “Been: Ode aan die Sandveld” until Saturday 12 September. “This is such a special collection of art with a profound relevance to life in contemporary South Africa that we’d like to urge people to come and experience it for themselves,” says Braelea Pope of The Mission’s House. Nicolaas Eugene Botes was born in 1973 in a small Free State town. After qualifying as an architect in 1999, he worked in and around South Africa with a specific interest in the African bush and lodge architecture. In 2011 Eugene and his family moved to a farm in the Sandveld on the West Coast, where he rediscovered his childhood fascination with animal skeletons and their beautiful sculptural qualities. By means of sculpting, modifying, adapting and transforming the skeletons (the past), Eugene examines the relationship between man’s past and present. Among the artworks currently on display at The Mission’s House Gallery are:

Tel/Fax: 0280 312 2928 | Cell: 082 719 0907 Email: Website: 167 Main Road, Hermanus, 7200

enjoy the ride. While some use up all their energy fighting against it, it still remains a Dead Horse. ‘Kakebeenwa’ This illustrates the Afrikaner’s dilemma of how to protect its culture and history, and the struggle to keep it alive.

‘Arm was ek gister en nou is ek ryk’ This work illustrates how the Afrikaans language is continuously growing and enabling herself to move into the future. The poem ‘’n Handvol gruis’ by C. Louis Leipoldt illustrates the Afrikaners’ longing for their rich cultural heritage. ‘Engel’ An illustration of the way in which we often romanticise our past by remembering it as better than it actually was and forgetting about the bad things and failures. Fighting/riding a dead horse This artwork refers to a political system which no longer exists. Despite knowing this, we still ride the dead horse for our own personal gain. Some use the system to feed and clothe them while others do it for pleasure because they

‘Disability/child grant’ This artwork describes the sad truth of young women from poor farming communities in the Western Cape who deliberately drink alcohol and take drugs during pregnancy so that they give birth to foetal alcohol syndrome babies, which enables them to receive a larger disability child grant from the government. ‘Suffragator’ (Iemand wat stem in ‘n verkiesing) This work comments on the “voter” who is imported and placed in a specific region to vote for a specific party in the government elections. When the election is over, these voters are left to their own devices, without any support. They are referred to as “inkommers” as they do not belong anywhere and are like aliens on a strange planet.

Gallery hours: Mon, Wed & Fri 10am-4pm, Tues & Thur 10am-2pm, Sat 10am-1pm Tel 028 316 2269 / www.missionshousegallery

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elcome to your latest edition of the Winelands Explorer.

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Not only has spring surprised us with a few balmy and sunny days, we were also overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received on the Winelands Explorer. Confirming our believe that the Cape Winelands is a Mecca for sport and recreation, we have been inundated with calls and e-mails from the public congratulating us not only on an exemplary product but also for our monthly stories on sport and the sport diary. “We enjoyed the article on the parkruns so much and have decided to do one every weekend. We are now able to plan our weekend around the parkruns and the other sporting activities in and around our area. Keep up the good work,” said Keith Halstrom, an avid reader of the Explorer.

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Enjoy this month’s edition of the Village Explorer and be on the lookout for us at your favourite venues. Should you have any comments or suggestions feel free to contact us or mail us at

Editor Hedda Mittner 083 645 3928 Marketing & Social Media Manager Megan Smith 083 411 1343

For this, and similar feedback we have to thank you, our loyal readers as well as our advertisers, such as Maties Sport and RealNet for making it possible to bring you all the sporting and lifestyle news of the area. Further good news is that copies of the Winelands Explorer will be available at the Root44 parkrun every weekend. We have also welcomed the Wild Peacock and Mug & Bean at the Stellenbosch Square to our distribution list.

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eason III of Varsity Netball kicks off this Sunday (6 September) at the Coetzenburg Centre at Stellenbosch University. This year, eight universities will battle it out to become Varsity Netball Champions and the Maties Netball team needs you to show your support! Part of this year’s tournament is a new social media campaign aimed at making the match day experience more entertaining. The #ShowYourColours initiative is an invitation for all varsity sport fanatics to get behind their teams, dress in their local university’s colours and support them when they play at home. Winners will be selected by the Varsity Sports team and announced on Fridays. Remember to follow all the action at the games or on SuperSport 210. Post your #ShowYourColours selfies with the hashtags #ShowYourColours and #VS Netball to: Twitter: @VarsitysportsSA; Facebook: Facebook/VarsitySportsSA; Instagram: @VarsitysportsSA; YouTube: Varsity Sports SA Varsity Netball competition: The 2015 Varsity Netball competition will kick off at the Coetzenburg Centre in Stellenbosch on 6 and 7 September when Maties take on NMMU and Tuks. Four teams start their campaign in Stellenbosch. 6 September 15:00 – Tuks vs UCT; 16:30 Maties vs NMMU. 7 September 17:30 – NMMU vs UCT; 19:00 Maties vs Tuks. The other teams in the competition – UJ, VUT, Kovsies and NWU Pukke – will play at the University of the Free State Other dates: 14 September 19:00 – Maties vs NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom. 20 September 13:00 – Maties vs UJ in Pretoria. 21 September 14:30 – Maties vs UCT in Pretoria. 28 September 18:00 – Maties vs VUT in Stellenbosch. 5 October 19:00 – Maties vs Kovsies in Stellenbosch. 12 October – Semi-finals 19 October – Final

Get your tickets at R10 ● Download the Varsity Sports SA Mobile App (from the Google Play Store or iTunes) and receive one free ticket. ● Visit and buy tickets online for R10. ● Available on the day for R20 at a ticket sales booth.


Every Saturday: Parkrun @ Root44 Market Take part in a free, timed 5km run/walk at 08:00. These runs are open to everyone, four-legged friends included. Find them on the corner of Annandale Rd & R44 (Root44 Market) between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The Root44 parkrun is one of the most popular and beautiful in the country. Visit

5 September: Windmeul Kelder Waterblommetjie Festival Trail Run

20 September: Full Stride Spring Trail Run @ Muratie Trail Run

And extra event on the calendar of the Run the Vines Trail Run Series, a series of 12 trail run events on 12 different wine farms in the Paarl region. Distances and start times: 10km @ 08:00; 5km @ 08:15. Info:

Celebrate spring! This event offers hand-built trails in the Simonsberg Conservancy with amazing views and various terrains from fynbos to forest to vineyards. Venue: Muratie Wine Estate, on R44. Pre-entries close 15 September. Registration: From 06:45 at venue. Distances and start times: 12km @ 08:00; 7km @ 08:15. Recovery massages available. Enquiries: 021 884 4752 or or visit

9 September: Wagon Trail Night Run Series @ Anura 5 September – Cellar2Cellar Trail Run @ Blaauwklippen Join adventurous wine lovers for the annual Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience at Blaauwklippen off the R44. Other participating farms are Waterford Estate, Stellenzicht, Dornier, Somerbosch, Stellenrust, Montmarie and Kleinood. Participants in the Fancy Dress competition could win their weight in wine. The theme is Mardi Gras. Distances and start times: For serious runners: 12km @ R170 or 20km @R220 (late entry after 1 September), starting at 08:00. Wine Experience @ R320, staggered start from 08:30. More info:

5 September – Paarl Rotary Backsberg Challenge This award-winning race starts on Backsberg and crosses a number of neighbouring farms. The routes include single-track and private land opened up just for the event. Warning: There are beehives along the route. This event is a 2014 PPA winner: Most consistent high-scoring MTB funride over the last five years. Entries close when 900 riders have entered or on 4 September. Pre-entries only. Distances and start times: 45km @ 08:00; 30km @ 08:30; 15km @ 09:00; 4km @ 09:15. More info: Visit www.

5-6 September: Staalwater Spring Trail run @ Caledon Cycle and run in the picturesque Overberg area with views of the Klein Swartberg Mountains. The Overberg with its great scenery, diverse landscape and quiet dirt roads is fast-becoming a favourite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Venue: The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa. Distances and start times: 15km @ 09:00; 7km @ 09:15. There will also be a MTB Challenge on 6 September. Distances: 60km, 35km and 15km. More info: Contact Dirtopia Trail Centre on 021 884 4752 or


The Wagon Trail Night Runs will be a series of six 5km and 10km night runs on every 1st or 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Anura Wine Estate just outside Klapmuts on the R45. Dates: 9 September 2015; 7 October 2015; 4 November 2015; 2 December 2015; 6 January 2016 and 3 February 2016. Starting times: 10km @ 18:30; 5km @ 18:45. More info:

13 September – Tiletoria Elgin Valley MTB and Trail run Last year, the PPA Elgin Valley MTB sold out within two weeks, leaving many potential participants without the chance to ride one of the best off-road events on the calendar. In 2015, this event will be even bigger and better. A maximum of 1000 entries for all four routes will be accepted. Pre-entries only, until 7 September 2015 at 12:00 or as soon as the event quota has been filled. Venue: Paul Cluver / De Rust Estate. Distances and start times: MTB: 52km @ 08:15; 47km @ 08:30; 32km @ 09:10; 11km @ 09:20; Trail Run @ 09:45. More info:

16 September: Moore Stephens Night Run @ Stellenbosch Enjoy this flat and fast race through the beautiful Stellenbosch. Venue: Coetzenburg Stadium. Distances: 10km and 5km. Start: 18:30. Entries: www. or on the day from 16:00 tot 18:15.

20 September: Cape Mohair Fynbos Trail Run @ Gansbaai This event forms part of the Funky Fynbos Festival. The weekend offers the opportunity to celebrate the areas unique floral heritage. There will also be local craft stalls and local food merchants. Race venue: De Uijlenes, Gansbaai. Distances and starting times: 30km @ 07:40 (R250); 12km @ 09:00 (R100); 6km Platbos Route @ 09:15 (R50). Online entries close 14 September. R20 extra for late entries. More info: Michelle Williams on 082 689 0355 or michelle@ Online entries:

24 September: Run the Vines event @ Spice Route Run the Vines is a series of 12 trail run events on 12 different wine farms in the Paarl region. Distances and start times: 10km @ 08:00 (R80); 5km @ 08:15 (R100). The Spice Route experience is a completely unique concept for the wine and hospitality industry. A carefully curated selection of artisans showcase their produce and share their knowledge with both the public and each other. More info: www.

27 September: Spur Mountain Bike Classic @ Nooitgedacht The Spur Mountain Bike Classic is one of the longest running mountain bike events in the country and has always been a great family outdoor event. With three routes on offer - 13km @ 09:30, 30km @ 09:15 and 45km @ 09:00, plus kiddies rides of 500m, 1km and 3km – there is something for everyone! Venue: Nooitgedacht Estate, R304, Stellenbosch. Cost: From R90 to R200 depending on distance and time of entry. More info: or 021 884 4752 or visit

3 October: Van Loveren Java MTB Challenge A fun-filled sporting event for the whole family with additional activities, which inc l u d e s food stalls, m u s i c , wine tasting and so much more. Taking place at Van Loveren Family Vineyards in the beautiful Robertson Valley, you are spoilt for choice between four MTB routes (8km, 20km, 45km, 80km) and a 10km Trail Run. For more info or e-mail



food & wine

ituated about halfway between Bot River and Caledon on the Swartrivier Road off the N2, Gabrielskloof wine estate has come a long way since owner Bernhard Heyns and his wife Sjarlene bought the 160ha of virgin land in 2001. The vineyards and olive groves are thriving, producing award-winning wine and olive oil, while the restaurant has become a favourite culinary destination.

ganic cacao sourced from Ecuador to produce their pure dark chocolate which is high in antioxidants and contains no dairy, sugar or emulsifiers. “With Honest Chocolates one gets a clean 'chocolate' flavour that creates magic in the mouth when paired with our wines,” says Nicolene Finlayson, Tasting Room Manager.

The emphasis on quality at Gabrielskloof is unmistakable, but it is an understated elegance that is at once inviting and relaxing. The atmosphere is peaceful and unrushed and there is a feeling of timelessness which dates back 150 years to when a farmer called Gabriel le Roux planted the first vines here, from which he produced wine and brandy that was sold to travelers journeying from Cape Town to the interior.

Lunch Box Experience

Now visitors can enjoy the many pleasures of Gabrielskloof with two new offerings – a unique food and wine pairing experience, and a picnic-style lunch box which can be enjoyed on the immaculate lawn in front of the tasting lounge and restaurant. Pairing Pleasures The food and wine pairing consists of bite-size delights that are tweaked on a seasonal basis to reveal new, innovative tastes that showcase the food-friendly charm of Gabrielskloof's wines. Guests can either opt for the White Wines Pairing Pleasure at R65 per head, the red Wines Pairing Pleasure for R75 per head or the Complete Gabrielskloof Pairing, which offers a choice of nine wines and matching morsels, at R140 per person. The off-dry Rosebud – a Shiraz/Viognier Rosé – is expertly paired with a piece of Olive Oil Poached Trout, topped with a grape fruit segment and candied fennel. Next up is a Gooseberry & Lemongrass Marinated Grilled Prawn to go with the crisp and tropical Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a Smoked Gruyère & Leek “Puff” to complement the lightly wooded Magdalena, the estate's Reserve Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend. Then a Rice Paper Roll filled with “Coronation” Chicken and celery marries the aromatic Viognier. Last but not least the Semillon/Viognier Noble Late Harvest, which recently scooped a Sommelier's Choice award for its 2013 vintage in the Stickys Category of the inaugural Sommeliers Selection Awards, is served with Orange & Almond Polenta Cake to end the tasting experience on a decadent high. The red wines include four cellar gems. The smooth Bordeaux blend, The Blend, works its magic with a Pulled Pork Mini Burger; whilst the more intense, flagship Bordeaux blend, the Five Arches, shares the spotlight with a Slow Cooked Oxtail Croquette. The perfumed Shiraz is served with an earthy Butternut & Gorgonzola Quiche and the richly intense, flagship Swartrivier Shiraz makes a royal impression with Mushroom & Truffle Risotto. The Noble Late Harvest/Orange Cake duo also rounds off the red pairing. Another sweet tasting experience is the Gabriëlskloof Wine & Honest Chocolate Menu. At R65 per person for a set of five exotic chocolates paired with five estate wines, chocoholics are in for a cloud nine indulgence. Honest Chocolate uses raw, or-

Continuing to think “outside the box”, Gabriëlskloof also introduced their new summer Lunch Box Experience on 1 September, which visitors can enjoy al fresco style on the lush green lawn while snacking on sumptuous, freshly prepared taste sensations. “Our quad offers the perfect setting for you to spread your blanket and kick off those shoes for a laid-back afternoon, away from the madding crowd,” says Nicolene. At R300, the generous Gabriëlskloof Lunch Box is perfect for two adults and features meaty marvels such as biltong spiced roast beef, parma ham, free range chicken liver parfait, pork and duck rillettes, mini Overberg lamb pies and smoked West Coast snoek quiche. Roosterkoeke with artisan cheese from neighbouring farms and homemade watermelon, green fig and koeksister preserve add a "local is lekker" taste to the box, whilst a salad duo celebrates the sunny season. The lunch box experience is rounded off with a royal treat in the form of Chocolate marquise pots… yum! The little ones are also not forgotten and can opt for an Under 10 VIP taste bud treatment at R75 per child, which includes a ham and cheese roll, yoghurt, mini cheese wedges, juice, crisps, fruit and a selection of old fashioned sweeties. Gabriëlskloof Restaurant, famous for its hearty fare that embraces the true essence of the region, will also launch its new Spring/Summer Menu on 1 September. The Gabriëlskloof Lunch Box and the restaurant's A la Carte and Deli menus change on a regular basis depending on Chef Frans Groenewald's seasonal inspiration, the weather and his homemade pantry supplies. Whether you are swinging by for a wine tasting, to buy farm honey on tap from the quaint resident Deli, to enjoy a country-inspired lunch at the Restaurant, or are planning to tie the knot, Gabriëlskloof has it all. The Tasting Room is open from Mondays to Saturdays for wine tastings and Pairing Pleasures and the Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesdays until Mondays (closed on Tuesdays). Pre-bookings for the Lunch Box experience are essential; contact the restaurant at 028 284 9865 or send an email to For more information regarding the various pairing experiences, call 028 284 9865 or send an email to info@

food & wine


by Frieda Lloyd


f pink is not just a colour but an attitude then the liquid equivalent can be found in Rosé. This pink wine is here to stay with many shades and styles making it easy to enjoy. Rosé’s attraction goes beyond its look that is so suggestive of good times and summer. Blended to perfection it is no longer a syrupy, massproduced wine but rather a structured compilation exposing the characteristics of the grape varietal that it is made off. Rosé’s colour is the result of red grapes that are lightly crushed and left to soften with their red skins for a little while giving it a soft shade of salmon, an intense colour of strawberries or any shade in-between. The softening or maceration of the grapes can take a few hours or a few days depending on the effect the winemaker wishes to achieve. Winemakers love making Rosé and you will find a Rosé in all the corners of the winemaking world as any red grape can be used for the production. South African winemakers have mostly adopted the European style of Rosé making in recent years – opting for a drier style. With Shiraz in the blend the wine will almost certainly be on the drier side. The Overberg produces a quality selection. Two Rosés that can be singled out for their popularity that might have something

to do with their enchanting names are Rosebud and Bloos. Gabrielskloof’s Rosebud is made from Viognier and Shiraz fruit. With watermelon pink shades edged with lighter salmon hints this wine offers aromas of Turkish Delight and strawberry flavours. Hermanuspietersfontein’s Bloos has acquired a personality through the clever marketing tactics of her producers. She is a shy girl who blushes easily. Yet very well known and for all the right reasons. This good-looking Bordeaux style Rosé is dry and therefor suits the European palate that prefers a drier styled wine. Wijnskool’s new range of distinctively named wines includes Blom which displays a whimsical candyfloss pink. Made from Rhone grape varieties this wine is as dreamy on the taste buds as it is on the eye. Sommeliers appreciate Rosé for its food friendliness. South Africans will be pleased to know that Rosé goes very well with a braai. Eben Bezuidenhout, Sommelier at Grootbos, recalls a number of local Rosés that are guaranteed to suit the taste of diners to the five star private nature reserve. Casting his net close to home Bezuidenhout praises Black Oyster Catcher’s Rosé made in the popular Provence style with a blend that combines Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon offering cherry and

pomegranate aromas. From Bot River vineyards Beaumont produces Raoul’s Rosé, another versatile Rosé made from the Portuguese red grape Tinta Barroca that is generally used in the blending of Port wine. Unusual in the South African context, yet deliciously refreshing. Close to Hermanus in the Hemel-en-Aarde wine region, Felicité (meaning happiness), is made at Newton Johnson. The Felicité Rosé has been produced since 1998 and the current blend includes Shiraz, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Happiness is easy to acquire with a bottle of Felicité, enjoyed on its own or paired with a selection of seafood. Closely linked to the Walker Bay is Creation’s Whale Pod Spyhopping Rosé that tempts with whiffs of berries and rose petals. This wine is driven by Shiraz that adds structure and spice and blended with the late ripening Grenache contributing berry flavours. Vibrant on the eye and the palate. Rosé is indeed a wine for any time. From early morning celebrations, lunch through to sunset Rosé makes for appropriate and enjoyable drinking. Good times guaranteed!



Saturday 12 September

Fork & Cork Wellington Wine Festival The Mutual & Federal Agri Wellington Wine Route will host its second annual Fork & Cork Wine Festival at Kleinevalleij Estate from 10:00 until late. Come and enjoy this prime exhibition of the valley’s best wines and local cuisine, with a goods and lifestyle market, and five inaugural themed wine theatres of which one will feature the winners of the recent 2015 Wellington Quest for the Best showcase. Experience Wellington’s particular brand of country hospitality and discover why it was voted the Western Cape’s 2015 Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar. Tickets are available from Computicket at R150 pp, inclusive of a wine glass, free tastings and entry to the wine theatres. Children under the age of 17 enter free. The festivities at Kleinevalleij will continue all day until 18:00 and thereafter the party moves to Festa next door. For more details and the full programme, visit, or contact 021 864 1378 or

From there you’ll be escorted to the recently refurbished Cellar Hall for a gourmet three-course meal fit for royalty. Your dining experience includes an interactive food demo by Stephen and Jenny who will each take turns in keeping you entertained as they are tasked to create a course. Wines from Lanzerac’s Premium range have been carefully paired with the lunch to create the perfect culinary marriage between food and wine.

You will be treated to a harvest-style Winelands feast of fresh seasonal ingredients, followed by dancing to live music provided by the popular Newton band. Tickets cost R450pp, inclusive of all the food and wine. Booking is essential as seating is limited. Call 021 874 9041 or email to reserve your table.

With live entertainment, lucky draw prizes and a goodie bag to take home, this is a perfect day out in the Winelands at the all-inclusive cost of R595 pp. Overnight accommodation is also available at discounted rates that include breakfast. For all bookings and enquiries contact Zelda Furstenburg at Lanzerac Wine Estate on 021 886 5641 or winesales@lanzerac.

Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 September Boschendal Heritage Day Weekend Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Head out to the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley as the wineries prepare to open their doors to the public and light the fires for Braai4Heritage at this popular annual festival. What better way to celebrate your heritage than over a glass of newly released Franschhoek wines paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame.

Friday 18 September Leopard’s Leap Cooking Class Is the Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie your family’s favourite restaurant? In this cooking class, Harvest Table at Home, Chef Pieter shares a few of his secrets that will enable you to cook some of the Rotisserie and Harvest table favourites at home. Learn how to perfect the ever-so-popular pork belly with caramelised apples and transform everyday vegetables into dazzling dishes, salads and sides. The interactive cooking class starts at 18:00 and after all the fun and hard work everyone sits down to a relaxing meal paired with Leopard’s Leap wines. The all-inclusive cost is R650 per person. Contact Leopard’s Leap at 0218768002 or to book your spot.

Saturday 19 September Heritage Day celebration at Lanzerac Treat your taste buds to a food and wine extravaganza as Lanzerac Hotel’s executive chef, Stephen Fraser and world-renowned foodie, Jenny Morris (aka The Giggling Gourmet) whip up a feast of gastronomic proportions. Upon arrival you will be treated to a welcome drink and appetizing canapés, followed by a tasting of the estate’s limited release range of Heritage wines presented by Lanzerac cellar master Wynand Lategan in celebration of National Heritage Day.

Celebrate Heritage weekend with activities to entertain the whole family at the historic wine estate of Boschendal. On 24 September visitors can sit down to ox-on-a-spit, platters heaped with seasonal produce, great wine and live music by local band Slow Jack, all at a long table running the length of the historic Werf. Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell and his team are joining in the “Braai Day” fun with this nose-totail menu which makes full use of the farm’s own pasture fed Black Angus cattle, carefully dry aged to perfection. The cost is R295 for adults and R85 for kids under 12. On Saturday, 26 September you’re invited to spend the afternoon (from 12:30) on the lawns at the Olive Press with live music by the Jesse Jordan Band. Tickets are R200 per adult and R175 for 12-18 year olds. Under 12’s enter free. The ticket price includes R150’s worth of coupons to be exchanged for farm fresh eats from the stalls and drinks like wine, bubbly, beer, juices and cold drinks. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or fold-up chairs. No BYO food and drinks. For more information, go to; contact 021 870 4274 or to book. The more energetic can sign up for “Ride and Roast” on the 24th which includes a mountain bike trail in the morning, followed by the family lunch time feast. On Saturday morning, start off with “Run and Rock” by doing a trail run on Boschendal Farm before the afternoon’s music event. The “Ride & Roast” and “Run & Rock” Packages can be booked by visiting For visitors wishing to stay overnight, Boschendal is offering low season rates in their luxury cottages. Visit for more information.

Saturday 26 September Antonij Rupert Estate Protea Party

Celebrate spring in style this year on the lawns of the Antonij Rupert Estate’s tasting room, where you will dine in a marqee under the stars with the majestic Drakenstein mountains as your backdrop. The event starts at 18:30 when you will be welcomed with a Protea Rosé cocktail as the sun sets over the Franschhoek Valley.

Your Uncorked weekend pass costs R120pp and allows you access to the participating wine farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings. Prebook through to avoid disappointment. For further details and a list of the participating wineries, call 021 876 2861 or visit

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restaurant news


arely has a restaurant generated as much public interest as The Milkwood on Onrus beach. When the municipality awarded the tender to new owners Jo Campbell and Carol Judge, locals waited impatiently as renovations were carried out to give this iconic old restaurant a face-lift. And since their soft opening on 21 August, Jo, Carol, chef Bridget Bartleman and their staff have hit the ground running as a constant stream of eager diners return to their favourite spot.


fter a well-deserved break since selling Burgundy Restaurant, Rayno and Celia Rabie are at it again, doing what they love best. “I simply can’t imagine my life without a restaurant,” says Celia with her usual bright smile. “I just love food and I love looking after our clients. They are not just our customers – they are our friends; and this is not just a job to us – it’s our passion.” Having turned Savannah Café into one of the most popular eating spots in Hermanus after they arrived from Nelspruit in 2001, followed by the Burgundy which they bought in 2009 and elevated to new heights with their trademark magic touch, the Rabies have now embarked on a new venture called Betty Blue Bistro.

“We want The Milkwood to be a real neighbourhood restaurant, for the locals,” says Carol. “If we can achieve that we’ll know that we’ve succeeded. ”As former nurses from the UK, Carol and her partner Jo relocated to Cape Town in 2004, where they opened a boutique hotel called Derwent House in Tamboerskloof. Weekends spent in Onrus led to a more permanent arrangement when they bought a house here in 2012. The couple continued to run the hotel by living here and commuting to Cape Town, but when they adopted their son Jackson, now 21 months old, Carol and Jo realised that they needed to settle down in one place.

“We started from scratch with a blank canvas,” says Rayno of their new spacious premises in Main Road. “Celia adores white and natural wood, and that was our starting point.” Next came the beautiful hand-painted Moroccan floor tiles, the whimsical Parisian wallpaper, with added splashes of blue and a delicious buttery yellow to create an inviting space with a light, clean and fresh look. When it came to the menu, Celia was equally inspired to introduce a fresh new concept to Hermanus that has not been done before. Brainstorming sessions with her daughter Inemari, a food stylist who lives in France with her chef husband, led them to the versatility of pancakes, and new ways of incorporating innovative versions of this South African favourite in their menu.

Chef Bridget Bartleman and co-owner of The Milkwood Carol Judge

Derwent House was sold earlier this year, leaving Jo and Carol free to concentrate on The Milkwood and a new boutique hotel in Onrus which is still in need of extensive renovations. Performing face-lifts is something they clearly do well, as The Milkwood’s new interior is light, fresh and clean, with accents of a deep ocean blue. The space has been redesigned and opened up, with retractable glass doors linking the interior to the exterior veranda with its beautiful views of the beach and lagoon. Additional bar counters have also been added to the restaurant veranda and the Beach Hut downstairs, which has been painted in soft Neapolitan gelato colours. “Onrus is a wonderful place to live and we realised that it deserves a good restaurant,” says Carol. Knowing that much depended on their chef, they were delighted when Bridget joined them from The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills Estate, where her singular style of cooking lured diners from far and wide. Inspired by her new state-of-the-art kitchen at The Milkwood, Bridget has designed a versatile menu which offers everything from breakfasts and tapas to kiddies’ food, light lunches and elegant dinners. For breakfast you can take your pick from various options that include Langkloof trout on sweetcorn fritters with bacon and roasted tomatoes, omelette with butternut, avocado and goat’s cheese, or Mexican eggs with spicy beans and chorizo. Light lunches range from country-style roast chicken pie, Thai steamed mussels, pulled pork tacos, grilled stuffed aubergine and lamb panzarotti to pan-seared squid with chorizo and spicy tomato sauce. And when it comes to evening dining, the menu offers classic Saltimbocca, coffee-roasted beef fillet, sweet potato gnocchi, duck breast, fresh linefish, Provencale rack of lamb and slow-roasted pork belly, followed by elegant and seductive desserts. The Milkwood Bistro Restaurant and Beach Hut is open 7 days a week for breakfast (08:00-11:30), lunch (12:0016:00), tapas (12:00-21:00) and dinner (18:00-22:00). Call 028 316 1516 to book.

Along with colour-coded breakfasts, salads and fresh juices (red, yellow and green), you will also find creative sandwiches, burgers and light meals, but the ‘Pancake Obsessions’ take pride of place on the menu with anything from a folded pancake topped with eggs benedict to a spinach pancake with bacon and chicken topped with a Hollandaise sauce, a lacy pancake with smoked salmon, pea cream cheese and pickled red onion, a folded pancake with iron-brewed pulled pork with a mint cream sauce, and a rolled pancake with peanut butter mousse, banana and ice cream. Now surely you weren’t expecting ordinary traditional pancakes from this dynamic duo, were you? Although they have those too, plus a few other surprises you’ll just have to come and experience for yourself. Betty Blue’s doors will be flung open any day soon, so keep your eyes peeled on 126 Main Road!

arts & crafts


AMERS, South Africa’s pop-up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity, is coming to Hermanus for the first time and will be exhibiting at Curro Private School from 24 – 27 September. Visitors can look forward to a celebration of local design, craft, art, food, wine, music and more.

Creation Proe-en-Pas-Teater Vanjaar bied Creation Wines ‘n unieke proe-ervaring aan by KAMERS Hermanus, met ‘n verskeidenheid heerlike happies geskep deur o.a. The Eatery op Hermanus en Nic van Wyk van Kokkedoor-faam en eienaar van Bistro 13 op Stellenbosch. Die wyn-en-kospasmaats word deur Creation se kundige personeel bedien - ‘n proe-ervaring soos min!

From a few kamers… SA’s biggest pop-up retail phenomenon began in a few kamers (rooms) of a Stellenbosch house in 2003, as Kamers vol Geskenke. A few close friends had long dreamed of creating a platform where creative entrepreneurs and artisans could come together for inspiration, support and, most importantly, to meet potential customers.

Die wynlandgoed word as’t ware na Kamers gebring met ‘n verskeidenheid keuses soos ‘n onvergeetlike wyn-en-kospasmaatservaring, wynproe en ‘n wyn-en-kosteater. By dié teater gaan gassjef Nic van Wyk geregte uit die boonste rakke voorsit om Creation se wyne te komplementeer. Die koste van Creation se Proe-en-Pas-Teater is R50 per person. Vir meer inligting, kontak Dieter Odendaal by Daar’s talle pryse te wen! Program: Donderdag: 14:00 – Creation-Wynproe Vrydag: 11:30 – Creation-wyne met bypassende laat-ontbytgeregte deur The Eatery 13:00 – Creation-wyne met bypassende geregte deur Nic van Wyk geskep 16:00 – Creation se Sjokolade-en-Wynpasmaats Saterdag: 11:30 – Creation-wyne met bypassende laat-ontbytgeregte deur The Eatery 13:00 – Creation-wyne met bypassende geregte deur Nic van Wyk geskep 16:00 – Creation se Sjokolade-en-Wynpasmaats Sondag: 12:00 – Creation-Wynproe

… to a national treasure From this first KAMERS show – where just 40 exhibitors hosted 800 visitors – KAMERS has indeed become a phenomenon, with 2014 seeing more than 58 000 visitors taking their personal picks of more than 600 exhibitors across four national shows! In the last five years, KAMERS has launched their Online Store and added a Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Cape Town exhibition to their calendar, with the latter officially recognised as part of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 programme and drawing rave reviews from media and visitors alike. The Vision of KAMERS is to build a nationwide platform for creatively driven people and create an organic and everchanging interface between creators and consumers, in order to support and stimulate one another with an honesty and empathy born of an appreciation and understanding of the creativity that resides in all of us. The KAMERS ethos is ‘gentle and genuine’ and from the start it has been about sharing and supporting. With a historical focus on female SA entrepreneurs in an era where retail was a challenge for women, they’ve always valued sisterhood and family in their team and have worked tirelessly to offer support ‘as a family’ to all their suppliers. KAMERS is all about bringing creative people together by sharing and collaborating on ideas, supporting each other through honesty, tolerance and understanding, and believing in all of our ability and creative talent. For this reason, it’s a source of tremendous pride to KAMERS that, over the years, dozens of their first-time traders have built highly successful businesses from the platform that KAMERS has provided. KAMERS Hermanus After two incredibly beautiful Autumn 2015 shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg, KAMERS is proud to introduce their first Hermanus event. It’s a new adventure for KAMERS and the result of a number of years of carefully considering the concept of smaller-scale shows in certain strategic areas of SA where they have consistently had positive feedback from key influencers and business leaders. Hermanus is the first toein-the-water for what they’ve termed their ‘Kamers in ‘n Koffer’ pop-up shows. In addition to the fresh and stylish selection of SA’s hottest handcrafted design, décor, gifts, fashion, jewellery, delicious local artisan foods and more, visitors can look forward to live music by Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys, and Gerald Clarke & The Dead Men. Local exhibitors will include Daly’s (foot stools), Trendy Tots (kids’clothing), Pernickety (jewellery), The Flower Scene (floral design), Ralph Walton Design (jewellery), The Eatery (deli food), Tulip Coffee Roasters and Creation Wines. The Flower Scene has been commissioned to design and create an installation for KAMERS Hermanus that will be displayed in the Hospitality Tent. They will also have colourful spring bunches and a variety of Fynbos bunches available every day along with fresh new ideas for the home and garden, including beautiful new vases and interesting new designer products to brighten your veranda, stoep or courtyard. The professional team from The Flowers Scene will be at hand to answer all you queries about flowers, décor, events and weddings.

KAMERS Hermanus | 24 – 27 September 2015 Curro Hermanus Private School | 9:00-18:00 daily Tickets: R50 at, including students & pensioners | R70 at the entrance


Photos above by Chantall Marshall




he Whale Fringe Festival, now in its fourth year, has a fun-filled programme planned from 24 September to 10 October.

Music, music and more music Venues in Hermanus that will be participating in hosting music events include Bientang’s Cave, Tapas Food & Wine Bar, The Fisherman’s Cottage, Gecko Bar, Dutchies, Coco’s and Crazy Horse Saloon. Many of these venues provide live entertainment throughout the year, with just that bit extra laid on during the festival celebrations. An array of exciting artists, both renowned and up and coming, will be performing at these venues. These include The Boulevard Blues Band, reggae greats The Rivertones, local Jazz group 24/7, Gypsie James, Jo Martin, piano maestro Alan Cameron and the entertaining Mr Cat and the Jackal. Ryno Velvet will be collaborating with a number of well-known artists including Basson Loubscher, Willim Welsyn and Frank Freeman. Other exciting acts include The Professors, Acoustica, All-in-All, Money for Jam, the West Coast group Clarify and local rock stars Retro Dizzy fresh from Rocking the Daisies.


he wine farms of the Bot River Wine Route will be hosting a fabulous weekend celebrating the advent of Spring on Saturday and Sunday, 5 & 6 September. Wine lovers, nature lovers and families are invited to get together for the good-time event of the year with wine tastings, gastronomic delights, entertaining activities, local artists and so much more. The participating wineries are: Barton Vineyards: Wines paired with appetizing fare from the Aphrodisiac Shack and beer tasting by Honingklip. Jumping castle and tractor rides for kids. Dare to enter the Wine Blending competition; the winner gets a weekend at one of their luxury villas. Time: Saturday: 10am – 5pm / Sunday: 10am – 3pm. Contact: 028 284 9283 / Beaumont Family Wines: Celebrate the budding vines, the arrival of new vintages and delicious food with family and friends. Activities include tours of the old water mill, private guided hikes in the mountain, a jewellery exhibition, wine tastings and a delicious seasonal menu. Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm. Contact: 028 284 9194 / Bengeula Cove: Relax, unwind and enjoy a glass of wine, a chocolate and wine pairing or a cheese and meat plank for two whilst listening to live music by Palm Strings at the tasting room. Spectacular views guaranteed! Time: Saturday 9am – 5pm / Sunday 9am – 4pm. Contact: 083 645 6198 / Gabrielskloof Wine Estate: Pre-book a delicious picnic-style “lunch box” from the restaurant, grab a blanket and a brollie and spread out on the lush green lawns in the quad. The Restaurant will also be serving their new spring/summer a la carte menu inside the restaurant and on the stoep. Lawn games will add to the fun. Time: Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 5pm. Contact: 028 284 9865 Goedvertrouw: Enjoy an evening of wonderful music, a delicious meal with wine and interesting conversation at this picturesque old homestead with your hostess Elreda Pillmann. The performing artists will be Axolile Hoxa (flute, tenor) Addin Booysen (piano, cello, double bass) and Stefné van Dyk. The cost is R230pp. Time: 18:00 for 18:30 for the show, and tasting room open Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm. Contact: 028 284 9769 / Luddite Wines: Penny’s pantry will be open for food from the farm and various local artists will have their art on display in the tasting room. Genevieve MCC bubbly will be on offer, to be enjoyed with fresh oysters. Time: Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 3pm. Contact: Rivendell Wine Estate: Go on a taste journey of wines paired with complementary food items. Activities include a vertical tasting of 4 different Sauvignon Blancs, and Rivendell’s famous strawberry and chocolate chilli pairing with Rosè. Time: Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 5pm. Contact: 028 284 9185 / Wildekrans Wine Eastate: Just 2 will be entertaining the crowds on Saturday with live music well into the evening, while the new restaurant OPEN is there to satisfy your famished needs. On Sunday the Restaurant and Tasting Room will be open as per normal hours. Time: Saturday: 10am – 10pm / Sunday: 10am – 3pm. Contact: / Tasting room: 028 284 9902 / Restaurant: 028 050 0397

BOTRIVIER SPRING FESTIVAL 5-6 September 2015 ■ Live music ■ Food stalls

■ Spit braai ■ A la Carte Menu

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Return of the classics This year’s festivities see the return of a classical component in a collaboration between classical guitarist Nina Fourie-Gouws and the Hermanus Pro Musica Choir. Fourie-Gouws, a guitar lecturer at the Conservatory, University of Stellenbosch, has an effervescent quality and a passion for the guitar that comes across in both her personality and her playing. Together with the Hermanus Pro Musica Choir they will entertain with works from Bach, Koshkin, Domeniconi, Chris Lampbrechts, Scarlatti, John Dowland (1597), and CJ Langenhoven and H. Pieter van der Westhuizen on Sunday 4 October at 15:30 at St Peter's Church. Call 082 876 6190 to book. Poetry and motion Poetry and film are two exciting genres being added to the programme this year. Dynamic young poets from the #whynotpoetry group will be travelling from Swellendam to share their talent with us, while the Celebrate South Africa Film Festival will screen a collection of iconic South African art and mainstream films, spanning a number of decades. Enjoy the unique history of South African film making with some old favourites, classics, short indie films and recent productions including the award-winning Durban Poison, Famous for not being Famous, Shotdown and the wonderfully entertaining Fanie Fourie’s Lobola. Films will be screened at different venues in Hermanus as well as at the Zwelihle Youth Café as part of the festival’s community upliftment program. Bring the kids The Whale Fringe Festival will also be providing plenty of kids’ entertainment and activities. A Kids Zone will run on week days where parents can leave their children in a safe environment for the morning to enjoy painting, environmental talks, dance, theatre, films and face-painting. Elenoré Wessels, well -known local drama personality, will be staging her sensory puppet show ‘Saskia of the Sea’ where kids can come and help Saskia and her friends to save the land. The full programme of events will be available soon at




pening on Heritage Day, the Hermanus Botanical Society’s annual Flower Festival at Fernkloof Nature Reserve will again celebrate our magnificent floral heritage with a spectacular array of local flowers on display in the Fernkloof Hall, with hundreds of specimens individually named. Opening on Heritage Day, the Hermanus Botanical Society’s annual Flower Festival at Fernkloof Nature Reserve will again celebrate our magnificent floral heritage with a spectacular array of local flowers on display in the Fernkloof Hall, with hundreds of specimens individually named. This year’s theme is ‘Fynbos Creatures’, and displays around the hall will also introduce visitors to the fynbos creatures who share the flower-covered hillsides with us. As most of them are secretive and often nocturnal, you will be amazed to discover who they are and learn more about their lifestyle. Within the two marquees, visitors will have the opportunity to meet local interest groups who will encourage them to discover more about the environment around us, while talented crafters will present tempting items for sale. The entrancing alpacas will again make an appearance at this year’s Flower Festival, and snake-handling demonstrations and other activities will keep both children and adults entertained in the amphitheatre. Visitors are also welcome to join a guided walk into the Fynbos world along the trails in the Fernkloof Reserve. And no one will go hungry or thirsty, as delicious teas and lunches will be available throughout the Festival.

History of the flower festival Flower Shows have been held in Hermanus, with occasional breaks in the early years, for 67 years. They have been hosted by the local Botanical Society which has always appreciated the botanical heritage of the area and wished to bring its beauty to a wider audience. The first flower show was presented by the Hermanus Horticultural and Wild Flower Society, as it was then known, in Allen’s Bioscope Hall in town in 1924. Flower shows were held annually until 1939, when the Hermanus Horticultural and Wild Flower Society was dissolved. In 1960, when Fernkloof was declared a Nature Reserve and a curator had been appointed by the municipality, the society was revived mainly in order to assist in the reserve. The name was changed to the Hermanus Botanical Society, and one of the first projects initiated by the HBS was the Cliff Path project. The HBS Flower Show has been held annually since 1962 at various venues, including the old Birkenhead Hotel, the old Library Hall, the old Bay View Hotel and The Marine. In 1981 the event was hosted for the first time in the newly built Fernkloof Hall, and has continued every year since then. The initial concept of magnificent floral arrangements, which display the iconic proteas to their best advantage, has never been abandoned. However, over the years, greater emphasis has been laid on the individual flowers, as their number and variety are so astounding for such a small geographical area. All the named specimens on display must be individually picked as close as possible to the opening day; a huge challenge for botanical society members who often climb to dizzy heights to find those special specimens, naturally with their permits in their pockets! It is the natural beauty of Hermanus which draws both residents and visitors to the town, and the flower shows create an undoubted focal point for this interest. However, the HBS has lately broadened its approach to the hosting of a floral event by focussing on a different botanical theme each year. The annual flower shows have now become festivals, with many spheres of interest. Pollination, forest edges, wetlands, conservation through education, and plant explorers are but a few of the themes promoted during the past years. This year is the turn of the Fynbos Creatures, where visitors will discover creatures from ants to owls to leopards, and the many in between which share our world.

Date: 24 – 27 September 2015 Entrance fee: R20 Children under 12: FREE Pensioners Day, Friday 25 Sep: R10 Tel: 028 313 0819 or 028 313 8100 / / / hermanusbotanicalsociety


his year’s Funky Fynbos Festival (FFF) offers the opportunity to celebrate our unique floral heritage during a truly wonderful weekend getaway for the whole family from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September. There will be fynbos displays and safaris, talks, harvesting and demonstrations, as well as craft stalls, great food and drink, live music and sporting events that include a fishing competition at Lomond wine estate, a golf tournament at the Gansbaai Golf Course, an U/19 rugby festival, the FFF Iron Man & Woman, MTB races, beach bike rides, trail runs, Fat Bike tours and rides, and 4x4 trails.

The FFF MTB Race traverses pristine fynbos conservancies and private farms with magnificent views over the mountains to the sea. The routes range from a moderately easy 10km ride to a monster 45km ride characterized by steep uphills, switchbacks and fast technical descents with jumps and single track. Departure is at 07:30 on the Saturday morning from De Uijlenes. The Flower Power 4x4 Trail departs from the Strandskloof Caravan Park on the Saturday from 08:30. Choose three of the four routes, which all have guides and recovery personnel on hand. The Cape Mohair Fynbos Trail Run presents a choice of three routes – the 30km King Protea Route, the 12km Pincushion Route and the 6km Platbos Route, departing from de Uijlenes on the Sunday between 07:40 and 09:15. The winners will receive great prizes, and there will also be medals and lucky draw prizes for all participants. On the Saturday visitors can enjoy wine tasting and relaxing music alongside a pop-up restaurant tent at Lomond wine estate while partaking in the fresh-water angling competition. Also on offer are guided walks in Platbos, where you will discover the magic of this ancient and southernmost forest in South Africa, or a guided walk followed by a picnic lunch in an enchanting setting at Fynbos Retreat. There will also be plenty of entertainment for children including tractor rides, a jumping castle, face painting, various games and competitions, and a magic and puppet show to keep the little ones entertained. For more details and a full programme of events, visit


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Village Explorer September 2015  
Village Explorer September 2015