As the week moves into the past, it’s time to start planning for the weekend again! Whatever type of recreation you’re going for, we have a bumper range of the best events and things to do in the Winelands this weekend Friday, 15 June to Sunday, 17 June 2018
Celebrate Youth Day with a run between the vineyards, stunning views & singletrack in the Simonsberg Conservancy. There will be youth categories in every distance, so bring the family!
The longer routes offer great climbing on jeep track through the vineyards towards Klapmutskop with rewarding singletrack trails and scenic wineland views from the water point of Table Mountain in the distance. The 5km circles through the vineyards and around the farm dams with lots of birdlife.
The Nine-to-Five Team Relay event will take place from Dirtopia’s home base at Delvera farm on Sunday 17 June 2018. The event was first held in 2006 and is based on the 24hour concept which creates a fun atmosphere at the start/finish. Mountain bikers can ride a 10km lap for the full 8 hours (or not) to see how many laps they can do in the day, as part of a team or as a solo rider.
Entries close on Thursday, 14 June 2018 and only pre-entries will be accepted on www.dirtopia.co.za
Having been dubbed the “Chameleon of Rock” and a master of reinvention, it felt that the only natural approach to an evening of eclectic arrangements in honour of the iconic musician and entertainer David Bowie would be a complete reinvention of his music itself. This is exactly what can be expected at the Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas concert on the 16th of June at the P.J. Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch.
Learn first-hand how to forage and cook wild edible mushrooms at this fungi-fab experience that’s exclusively available to new and existing members of Delheim’s getup-and-go Wine Club.
Foragers will receive a short presentation about mushrooms to look out for and which to avoid; the opportunity to accompany an expert guide on a first-of-the-season forage and a hearty, fungi-focused lunch with award-winning Delheim wine.
Only Delheim Wine Club Members will be able to book on Webtickets. Not a member yet? Join here – http://www.delheim.com/wine-club/welcome-to-the-family
Our favourite Father’s Day picks
Father’s Day is this Sunday, but you already knew that, right? When it comes to options for the big day, the Winelands has more grazing holes than you can shake a stick at, so finding the perfect spot to take dad for Father’s Day can be a tricky proposition. We’ve narrowed it down to some stellar suggestions, so if you haven’t started planning yet make one of these your destination next weekend.
No matter what your beautiful family looks like, Life Retreat wants to make sure your dad is spoiled this Father’s Day.
An adult ticket is R450 and includes a voucher for a hike at Lourensford, beer tasting experience at Classic Cars showroom and lunch & wine at Millhouse. Kids tickets are R150.
The Red Table restaurant at Nederburg in Paarl is putting on a man feast of note, with a hearty winter meal planned for Father’s Day on Sunday, 17 June.
Treat dad to a delicious three-course lunch, offered at R380 per person (wine and service charge excluded). This super-tasty man-menu, conceived by chef Edmore Ruzoza, features a starter of Thai green curry prawns served with a dill and fennel fishcake, or a roasted tomato tart with goat’s cheese, wholegrain mustard and balsamic onions.
The main course selection offers a choice between AAA-grade T-bone steak served with a porcini mushroom sauce, Parmesan pomme purée and roasted winter vegetables; baked line fish with roasted fennel sauce, vine tomatoes, broccoli and red onions; or confit butternut with smoked tomato curry, baby beetroot and a papadum.
For dessert, select between chocolate and noble late harvest mousse with vanilla carrot sponge and black cherries; or Cape brandy pudding with butterscotch and Amarula custard.
Add some spectacular wines from Nederburg’s extensive and award-winning wine selection, including The Winemasters, Heritage Heroes, Ingenuity and Two Centuries collections to toast dad. Some of these are offered by the glass, and the entire range is available by the bottle. The restaurant’s wine steward, Ramzy Mahlangu, will be close by to tell you more about the wines, and help with any pairing suggestions.
To top it off, every dad will be treated to a surprise gift from Nederburg.
Lunch will be served from 12:00. For bookings, which are essential, and queries, please call 021 877 5155, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Vegetarians and those with special dietary needs can be accommodated. Kids are also catered for.
Surprise your dad with a culinary escape to Grande Provence for Father’s Day lunch in the heart of the Franschhoek winelands on Sunday, 17 June or make a weekend of it if you really want to spoil him.
Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a delicious three course lunch menu at R400 per person that includes a special gift for dad. All dads visiting Grande Provence on Father’s Day will be treated to a complimentary Angels Tears Le Chocolat Pinotage and biltong tasting.
With the Grande Provence Winter Heartland dinner, bed and breakfast offer, the whole family can enjoy a stay at the Owner’s Cottage or hide away in the secluded La Provençale at special winter rates.
For the ultimate culinary indulgence, the 3-course Father’s Day menu includes a choice of Saldanha Oysters or steak tartare for starters. The choice for hearty mains is between Chef Guy’s famous slow roasted pork belly with sticky lentil ragout; or his beef short rib with white bean cassoulet. The decadent dessert of Valrhona eclairs, honey crème, macadamia crunch, winter fruit and rooibos gelato, is sure to satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth.
The cost of the Father’s Day lunch is R400 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential to confirm your reservation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel: 021-876 8600. For more information, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za.
Nothing says you care quite like spending some special quality time with dad, and treating him like a king. Jordan Estate is serving up a hearty 2-course menu, because who doesn’t love steak and Syrah on a Sunday? Join them at The Bakery at Jordan on Father’s Day, the 17th of June, for a very special meal with pops.
To finish: Cape brandy pudding with espresso and walnut gelato.
Kids’ menu: Choose-your-own-topping Margarita pizza, with a soft drink and sticky toffee pudding & ice-cream to finish.
Email for more information & bookings:email@example.com, Tel: +27 (0)21 881 3004
If you want to avoid the rush and treat dad a day early, Franschoek Winter Wines has the perfect Saturday lined up for you on June 16!
Winter is here, and the best part is that Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter. Brave the cold weather and head to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate for an old favourite, Franschhoek Winter Wines. Inspired by the colder weather this winter warmer festival will take place on Saturday, 16 June (11am to 4pm).
The intimate setting of the museum is the ideal location to mingle with the Franschhoek Vignerons who will be showcasing some of their finest seasonal red wines at this bespoke event. Participating wineries include Topiary, Black Elephant Vintners, Holden Manz, La Bri, Rickety Bridge, Haute Cabrière and Anthonij Rupert Wyne, amongst others.
Tasty comfort food, prepared by the chefs at Terra del Capo are guaranteed to complement your wines. Salsiccia Sausages with braised Cannellini Beans; oven baked Potato Soup with gourmet toppings; and Wild Mushroom Arancini served with Truffle Aioli are the perfect food partners to a robust red. The selection of mini cakes and sweet treats will satisfy any sugary craving.
Superb wines and comfort food are the perfect components for braving the cold weather, while you view some of the finest vintage and luxury vehicles on display. The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors the opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins Estate. Vintage cars include a 1903 Ford and a 1935 Rolls Royce, whilst fans of the more modern luxurious cars can look forward to catching a glimpse of a 2002 Ferrari or the 2003 Mercedes Benz CLK DTM AMG.
Live music will round off what promises to be the perfect day out to the Franschhoek Wine Valley.
Tickets are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za at R280 per person. This includes a complimentary wine glass, a tasting of all the wines on show, a R20 voucher (to be redeemed on the day), as well as entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. Booking is essential as tickets are limited.
For more information contact 021 876 2861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.