It’s taken a bit of time to recover and get all our oysters in row after the Oyster & Champagne Festival at Bloemendal Wine Estate and last weekend’s Vintage Ideas Market at Simondium Guest Lodge outside Franschhoek – but what a great time we had over the 2 weekends! Now we are preparing for our next exciting weekend in Riebeek Kasteel for our second Olive Festival (7 & 8 May 2011).
Last year was good fun when we had The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey stand, but man cannot live on one brand alone and so we are really looking forward to presenting about 25 beers, 4 spirits and 2 liqueurs at our Beer Garden stand opposite the Royal Hotel.
The largest of its kind in Southern Africa, the Festival is hosted by the beautiful towns Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel and the festival occurs on the first weekend of May each year. The festival highlights the region’s olive industry and also features neighbouring wine farms and stalls such as our own with premium product.
We did have a couple of issues securing our spot this year, as a couple big brands threw a substantial amount of money at the festival to secure all the prime spots. But we really felt that we had to be a part of this event again because of the success of last years event. This year we will be situated on the plot opposite the Royal Hotel on Main Road.
This weekend we will again be serving Napier Breweries lager & ale from the tap, cold Everson’s Cider, and will also be featuring the Camelthorn Brewing Company (Namibia) range of Helles (unfiltered lager), Weizen (creamy, cloudy wheat beer), Red American Ale & their stunning seasonal Bok Beer (7%). The CBC range also come in nifty little 6-packs and we don’t mind splitting up the range to give you a little variety to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Of course it’s also the first weekend of the month which means we will have a stand at the monthly Blaauwklippen Family Market, as well as our regular stand at the Laborie Lazy Days Market – both stands will be manned (and womanned…) by passionate people who are able to give that little bit of extra information to allow you to soothe your taste buds on a best suited beer.
It’s not easy being the little guy on the big boys playground, but hell we certainly have a lot of fun where we can!
Carol Coombes can arrange coach transport to the Olive Festival (and has done so for the past 5 years!) Coach leaves from Constantia Village Shopping Centre at 08h45 and then from Tableview (Pick ‘n Pay off Pentz Drive) at 09h30. Returning to the city at 16h00. Cost R190 per person. Contact her on 084 580 1469 or 021 557 0794 – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!