The ever-popular annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival takes place on 6 and 7 May 2017 in celebration of a successful olive harvest. This is when the towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West open their doors and hearts to visitors by showcasing their finest produce: olives, wine, craft beer, food, organic soaps and gifts are but a few of the treasures they have to offer. Taste buds can be tantalized with some of the Swartland’s finest food and wine
Come and taste our unique olive oils and olive preserves, our delectable wines, craft beer on tap and all our valley has to offer at one of the most popular and exciting festivals on the Western Cape calendar. Each venue has its own unique flavour and you’ll be spoilt for choice as where to go next.
Some things to do….
Sit contently under 150 year old trees at Kloovenburg, sipping their latest red and tasting all that is olives while listening to a solo performance by Herman of the band TWEE. Their ever expanding, award winning range of olive products will leave you spoilt for choice. Don’t forget to take a guided walk through their olive groves.
Walk through endless stalls at the majestic Het Vlock Casteel to get to Ansie’s famous olives and olive preserves. The tunes of Jimm Harrison will heighten your experience of all that is on offer. Wine will be sold by the glass or bottle and, if you haven’t tasted olive oil ice cream – here’s your chance.
Newton and Co will bring Allesverloren, the popular wine farm and wedding venue, to life. Browse through their country market, sipping on Muskadel slush puppies while you try all there is to nibble on. Their wine shop will be open for tasting. A stop here is a must.
Join the Olive Boutique in celebrating this ancient fruit, the olive, by sitting down to a Swartland Picnic with a choice of wine, craft beer or Craft Gins & Martinis. The Johnny Ray Acoustic Blues Band is sure to set the mood while you taste their gourmet olive products, award winning extra virgin olive oils and unfiltered oils.
Pulpit Rock has long been established as the Olive Festival’s “Potjie” locale. Sip some of the revered Pulpit Rock wines while enjoying their delicious potjies. The Antique Tractor Exhibition, the Ultimate Golf Challenge and free wine tasting are just some of the delights on offer.
The Wild Olive Acoustic Stage at Riebeek Cellars is set to party with appearances from Francois van Coke, Valliant Swart, Soetmelk, Marcia Moon, Mono Pony, Francios Haasbroek (Sunday only) and many more. A choice of gourmet Food Trucks and tasting the Riebeek Cellars wine, is sure to put you in the swing of things. On Sunday, there is an exclusive behind the scenes’ wine tasting with the Riebeek Cellars winemakers – booking is essential.
As always, the Riebeek Kasteel Town Square will form the heart of the Festival with local stalls, kids entertainment galore with lots to drink and eat. If you need a spot to sit and reflect on all that is going on around you, this is it.
Be sure to pop into eclectic Short Street at the pop up Martini Bar at The Alchemist where you can pair olives and gin to your hearts delight. .
In typical Swartland style, your R80 passport ensures a welcoming glass of wine and entry into all the fabulous venues. Tickets are available through webtickets.
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