As the year moves into full swing Stellenbosch continues to offer plenty of fun activities to keep you entertained. Think moonlight on mountain tops, sumptuous wine pairings and music under the stars. NELL HOFMEYR brings us her top picks for things to do this week.
Start your weekend on a sweet note with Idiom’s Wine & Macaron Experience. This pairing, on offer for a limited time only, combines fine wine, confectionary and a spectacular setting to create a sensory explosion inspired by all things Italian. Three macarons, with flavour profiles ranging from chamomile and lemon to a dark chocolate & blueberry blend, are carefully crafted to enhance the natural character of each wine. Top off the tasting with a visit to Idiom’s restaurant for some delectable Italian-South African fare.
The pairing is on offer (Fridays till Sundays) until the end of February. Tickets (R150 p/p) are by pre-booking only.
Admire the sunset with a drink in one hand and a tasty meal in the other at Lourensford’s ever-popular Twilight Market. Taking place every Friday from 5 pm, this festive night market has become a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike. Look forward to high-quality food, artisan goods and live entertainment, complete with a lively atmosphere and beautiful view to boot. If you’re more of a day-time market goer, they are also open on Sundays from 10-3 pm. Entrance is free and dogs (on leashes) are more than welcome!
Art aficionados, this one is for you. German photographer and visual artist SaySay.Love will be showcasing his latest body of work at the GUS Gallery from 22 January until 1 February. Described as a form of visual activism, this exhibition explores the intricacies of human connection, asking what it means to love in a world where technology has dehumanised us and altered our perceptions of intimacy – possibly for the worse. By exploring universal themes such as loneliness and separation, SaySay’s work is bound to strike a chord no matter your level of art expertise.
Appreciate the magnificence of the Winelands by taking part in a full moon hike. Hosted by Falke in partnership with Dirtopia, this popular 10km hike kicks off at Delvera farm, takes you through the vineyards and ends on top of Klapmutskop in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy. Once you’ve reached the summit, sit back and enjoy some light snacks while you watch the sunset sky give way to the glow of the full moon. The walk takes roughly an hour to complete and hikers are advised to bring along a torch and something warm to wear.
Tickets are R100 for adults and R50 for children under 10. Advanced bookings are advised as there is limited space available.
Could there be a lovelier venue for an evening of classical music than Oude Libertas Amphitheatre? On 25 January the renowned Rosenthorn Cello Trio is back in Stellenbosch by popular demand to showcase their world-class skills. The all-female trio comprises SAMA-Nominee Carol Thorns, composer Anjulie Nock and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Dorette Roos. Whether you’re a traditionalist or a fan of contemporary reinterpretations, this electric group is sure to impress with their exciting and varied repertoire. Bring along the family and enjoy one of the theatre’s Summer Season Festival concerts before the season’s out.
Tickets are R220 per person.
Alliance Francaise is a non-profit organisation with roots tied to Louis Pasteur and Jules Verne who, along with other prominent figures, helped found the organisation in 1883. All ages and skill levels are welcome at Alliance Francaise Stellenbosch. They offer courses in French, Spanish, Portuguese and English for foreigners.
Alliance Francaise Stellenbosch is part of a worldwide communication network; presenting a wide array of cultures and art with the support of the French Embassy and the French Institute of South Africa. L’Allinace is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Stellenbosch, in the historic Skuinshuis, built in 1782. The central location is perfect for allowing students of all ages to walk to their various language classes.
Proudly presented by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the next soiree of the season will take place on 30 January, when Stellies will again share its vibrant street culture, enviable lifestyle and cosmopolitan charm in the heart of this historic town – all blended with cool tunes, sizzling street food and superb wines.
The Stellenbosch Street Soirees happen once a month on a #WineWednesday, and all the traffic-stopping entertainment goes down in one central place, Drostdy Street. It’s there where cars make way for young and old to savour unique dishes by prominent eateries and food vendors, while wine farms offer delicious vintages to wash away those mid-week blues.
“Who does not like a good street party and it is a great way to get to know your ‘neighbours’. With the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, one is always in good company so why not come and unwind with us after work,” shares Elmarie Rabe, Manager of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Make a note of the remaining Stellenbosch Street Soirees dates for 2019:
- 30 January
- 13 February
For more information contact Tel: 021 886 4310, visit www.wineroute.co.za, follow the Stellenbosch Wine Routes on Twitter @StellWineRoute or like them on Facebook at STBStreetSoirees.