It’s not too late to get tickets for the 2015 Stellenbosch Wine Festival, which takes place this year from January 30 through February 1 at the Coetzenburg Sport Grounds in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The three-day celebration of the area’s rich wine-making history includes food and wine tasting, parades, street festivals, a golf challenge, a charity walk, and a bike race. Of course there is fun for the whole family, with plenty of activities that are kid-friendly as well.
Here’s a look at some of the main events happening during the festival:
Main Expo (Jan 30-Feb 1): This is the signature event of the festival, where visitors can visit winery booths, taste the different varietals, learn the science behind wine making, and sample food from different restaurants in the area. There’s also a grape stomping ground, barrel-rolling activities, and live music throughout the three day event. 30-minute food and wine pairing sessions led by winemakers and chefs are offered for an additional cost. Kids can play in the Momentum Health Kiddies Area.
Longridge Langtafel (Jan 28): This gourmet outdoor dining experience takes place in the street right in front of Stellenbosch town hall. Diners sit at a ridiculously long table and enjoy a five-course meal paired with award-winning wines from the Longridge wine estate as they listen to live music.
Grape Golf Challenge(Jan 30): The De Zalze Golf Estate hosts an afternoon of golf to benefit the Stellenbosch Foundation. The game follows a four-ball alliance format, where teams of four compete in a friendly challenge. The first tee-off is at 8am.
Pick N Pay Women’s Walk (Jan 31): This 5-km walk through the oak-lined street of the town supports the PinkDrive, an organisation that offers free breast cancer screening in local communities. The walk starts at 8am at rugby field C, adjacent to Danie Craven stadium at Coetzenburg Sports Ground.
Grape MTB Race (Feb 1): This mountain bike race is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Participants can choose between an 18 km and 28 km ride, both of which start at the festival grounds at 7:30am. This race offers a great opportunity to work up an appetite.
Tickets for each of the events are priced separately and can be bought online through www.webtickets.co.za.
For more detailed information on the festival, go to www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za.