Cape Town - The Overberg is littered with small little towns and hidden spots that make it a unique South African destination.
Offering a secluded and peaceful silence from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town - each town has its own identity and flavor, allowing travellers a diverse experience.
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Elgin is abuzz with activity in October for the Apple Blossom Festival. Located just over an hour away from Cape Town - the apple farming district of Elgin is gearing up for an exiting month of spring celebrations with their first Apple Blossom Festival.
Aside from the beauty of the green landscape covered in white seas of apple blossom, the area is warming up to summer with long lazy days of picnicking, wine-tasting, live music, honey infused menus, fynbos walks, child-friendly experiences, blossom trail runs and more. Largely, and lovingly, owner-managed, Elgin’s farms, restaurants and accommodation establishments will open their doors to welcome visitors to share in the fun and prettiness of October in the Valley.
Perfectly timed for the school holidays, a visit to the Apple Blossom Festival can be a day trip or an extended stay. Check in with #blossomwatch and #Elginblossoms to track the best places to spot the blooms then drive the farm roads to see it in all its splendor. Stop in at all the Festival venues to experience the Elgin magic and snap some springtime memories along the way.
Participating venues have pulled out all the stops to create a gentle, rustic, rural experience for visitors. The idea is to take it slow and enjoy!
Here are some activities to get into in Elgin;
A beautiful day out and accommodation deal
Galileo Farm will be putting on some live music from noon till 3pm on 28 October at their gorgeous rustic farm venue The Shed. The Rivertones Reggae band will be setting the mood for this family-friendly to which you can bring your own picnic or buy from the food vendors who will be selling there. Be sure to bring your own alchoholic beverages (ice and ice buckets provided) as only cooldrinks will be on sale. Entry R150 per head, no charge for children under 8. Booking essential. Why not make Galileo your holiday destination too – their three nights for the price of two deal (October only) is too good to ignore.
Galileo Farm is on Highlands Road, click here for more information.
Fly with the bees
Cape Canopy Tour will be flying with the bees. Purchase your Bee Box of bee-friendly seeds after you experience a flight of your own!
Book by clicking here.
Harvest your own veggies and enjoy orchard picnics
Visit Terra Madre and harvest your own vegetables, then stay for a lunch or a generous picnic filled with gourmet goodies to enjoy right next to the orchards. Friday and Saturday only. Buy your Bee Box of bee-friendly plant seeds right here! Booking is essential.
Terra Madre is on Viljoenshoop Road, click here for more details.
Chocolate, wine, picnics and a great accommodation deal
Pair handmade chocolate with premium Elgin wine at Paul Wallace Wines. Book ahead to picnic alongside the picture-perfect dam. Picnics can be ordered from Terra Madre, or bring your own. A R30 fee for use of the picnic spot as well as R30 for fishing (catch and release only) will be donated to The Bee Effect. Grab this opportunity to book their 20% off Sunday to Thursday rates for accommodation, only in October.
Paul Wallace Wines is on Highlands Road, click here for more information.
Honey goes gourmet
Elgin’s gourmet farm-to-fork restaurant The Pool Room, is celebrating all things honey, with honey-infused desserts carrying a R5 donation to the Bee Effect. Visit their deli for all sorts of honey delights (R10 per item will be donated to the Bee Effect) and buy Bee Boxes filled with bee-friendly plant seeds. Booking essential, especially on weekends.
The Pool Room is on Oak Valley Estate,click here for more information.
Art, bees and blossoms
Almenkerk Wine Estate is hosting an art exhibition called Buzzted that features artworks relating to bees. Walk this indoor-outdoor pop-up exhibition and taste wine in their breathtaking contemporary tasting room. Pre-order a picnic from Terra Madre (but please wine from Almenkerk only) or bring your own (they provide crockery and cutlery) and enjoy the gardens and view for R30 (donated to the bees). Kids play area too!
Find Almenkerk on Viljoenshoop Road, click here for more information.
BBQ with the bees and get silly
The Hickory Shack is having a Pimp Your Beard stand. Dress up your own beard or select a fake one and pimp it up with springtime decorations for a #Blossomwatch selfie-snap. Donate R30 to The Bee Effect, please! Your snap may win a platter for you and a group of friends. After your BBQ feasting, walk into the orchards and see the prettiness. The Smokehouse Blowout happens every Saturday night when 1kg of BBQ ribs is just R150.
The ShackHickory is on the N2, click here for more information.
Walk with the birds and bees
Walk into the wilds with The Green Mountain Trail as an expert guide takes you on an 8km walk into the Groenland Conservancy to spot the signs of spring. The experience includes a snack pack, wine tasting, walking stick, all the necessary insurance and a fabulous (well-deserved) lunch. The cost is R685 per person with R30 going to The Bee Effect. Booking is essential, walks happen by appointment only and only in October. Why not book to stay over at the luxurious Wildekrans Country House too.
Contact Green Mountain Trail by clicking here.
Blossom runs, bikes and a great accommodation deal
Africa’s first bike hotel Trail’s End will open the Festival on 1 October with a spectacular trail run through private orchards in blossom. Return to the hotel for some live music, food and a bar. On the 15 Oct you can also join in on the Apple Blossom race, a one-of-a-kind experience in the Valley (grab 15% off accommodation on 30 September and 14 Oct at Trail’s End). Keen for a longer stay? Get great 20% off deals on accommodation from Sunday-Thursday (October only). Family rooms available. Be sure to book your bikes (of all sizes) ahead of time!
Trails End, click here for more information.
Fun for busy bees, long lazy days for parents
South Hill is celebrating the blossoms with a cellar art exhibition, part of an ongoing series of art on barrels. Taste South Hill wines with a honey-infused pairing and taste your way through honey-inspired menu items this October. Children will make a bee-line for the Busy Bee activity corner where fun, knowledge-building activities will be taking place whilst their parents unwind in the restaurant. Make a booking today.
South Hills on the Valley Road, click here for more information.
Picnics in paradsie and busy bee walks
Head for the mind-blowing Lothian Wine Estate for informative guided honey hive walks (the Proteas will also be in bloom), order delicious tapas platters and tastings of the range of Lothian wines. Kids will be delighted with their activity corner complete with colouring-in and dress up packs. Visits and tapas must be booked in advance.
Lothian is on Rockview Road, click here for more information.
Full days of play and plenty to eat
Visit Old Mac Daddy’s Barn Restaurant for spring-inspired delights (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and spectacular views and then book to linger on this fabulous farm and play with zorbs, stand-up paddles, archery and more. Their eclectic range of accommodation options in a beautiful part of the Valley will make it a real relax.
Old Mac Daddy is on the Valley Road, click here for more information.
It’s all about the bees
The Apple Blossom Festival is partnering with The Bee Effect to raise awareness for the bees. The Bee Effect has created a Bee Bank to fund the cultivation of plants that bees need for a diverse diet of foods that help them resist disease. Apple Blossom Activities carry a bee tax which will be donated to The Bee Effect but also look out for Bee Food Packs which carry a donation to The Bee Effect. These packs contain Spring-planting seeds for plants ideal for bees.
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Here are a list of other events happening in the Overberg you should definitely plan your summer road trip around.
1. Wines 2 Whales MTB.
Venue: Race vilage at Oak Valley wine estate
Date: 27 October - 5 November
2. Organik Gaian Dream Outdoor Music Festvail
Venue: Kromrivier Farm
Date: 13 - 15 October
3. Green Forest trail run
Venue: Fruitways farm
Date: 7 October
4. World Food Day Festival
Venue: Villiersdorp sports ground
Date: 12 - 13 October
5. Villiersdorp show entertainment and Food horse show
Date: 13 - 14 October
6. Family Big walk and Department of Culutural Affairs and Sport
Venue: Pine Veiw Sports ground community
Date: 7 October
7. Apple Blossom Festival
Venue: Oak Valley
Date: 15 October
8. Flying Cirucs
Venue: Blue hippo farm
Date: 25 - 26 November
9. Vortex Open Source Festival and Outdoor Music Festival
Venue: Jongenskloof Farm
Date: 7 - 11 December
10. Learning Clan man gathering
Venue: Community camping riviersonderend
Date: 28 December - 2 January 2018
11. Rezonance NYE Festival
Venue: Kromrivier Farm
Date: 30 December - 1 January 2018
12. Riviersonderend community festival
Venue: Riviersonder sports ground
Date: 2 December
13. Barefoot breakfast
Venue: Theewaterskloof dam
Date: 9 - 10 December
14.Greyton Rose Fair
Date: 28 - 29 October
15. Greyton Art Walk
Date: 17-19 November
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