Feast out at the Robertson Valley's Slow Fest + Winter festivals around SA

2018-06-14 19:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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If there's one thing we love about Robertson Wine Valley, it's the hearty food and delectable wines that come with a myriad of festivals throughout the year.

The 12th annual Slow Food & Wine Festival is ready to take over the Robertson Wine Valley from 3 – 5 August offering festival-goers an immersive and indulgent experience.

The warmth of freshly prepared meals, paired with wines and platters of cheeses and charcuturies ooze with countryside goodness - just what we need for winter.

The producers of the Robertson Wine Valley use this event to share their belief "in a slow way of life", allowing food and wine enthusiasts who attend to savour the flavours on offer, and encourage festival-goers to explore the countryside at their leisure.

The Robertson Wine Valley, along Route 62, is a top attraction in South Africa if you're in search of fine wines, awe-inspiring scenery and eateries that prepare dishes using fresh local ingredients.

SEE: Wine worth travelling for: 6 Wineries setting the boutique benchmark in SA

The festival has been created by the Valley’s producers to allow visitors to meet the people behind the scenes at vineyards and farms, saying they want to "slow things right down" to offer a 360° experience in Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson.

"For one weekend during the heart of winter each year, the valley’s best-loved winemakers, food purveyors and experienced providers push out the boat to welcome you into the fold," say the Festival organisers.

Foodies can delight in fireside dinners in the homes of winemakers, enjoy wine and dine evenings in underground cellars, try out single vineyard tastings or food and wine pairings, journey on game drives, horse outings and boat rides, among other activities.

"If it’s tasty, inspiring, invigorating or just downright fun, you’ll find it on the line-up," add the organisers. Click here for more information.

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Be sure to make your bookings asap for these bespoke experiences. Each experience must be booked directly with the host at robertsonslow.com.

There’s also a family market on the Sunday, free of charge for all to visit.


While you’re there, be sure to check out some boutique wineries in the area boasting delicious wines and breathtaking views.

The valley is a winter's paradise, so an overnight stay should be on the agenda. For accommodation options click here.

TRAVEL PLANNING: Winter 2018 festivals to experience around SA

Whip out those calendars, gather your friends and start planning with these other winter festival suggestions:

Ah, good old Oppikoppi! South Africa's quintessential rock festival will be drawing thousands of music fanatics and good time chasers to the dustiness that is Northam in Limpopo one again this year. The full line-up has not yet been announced.

Tickets start at R575, which includes a festival pass and allows you to pitch a tent in the designated camping areas. However, if you're after a bit of comfort, you can always opt for one of the fancy schmancy tent hotels.

Traveller24's top tip: Take a bandanna or a buff to cover your mouth and nose, as it gets pretty darn dusty.

Poetry enthusiasts will delight in the sixth Poetry in McGregor Festival, set to take place on 24-26 August, featuring more than 160 poets participating at various venues in the town.

New to this year’s festival is the Helenvale Poets “back a buddy” project aims to bring 20 emerging poets from Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, to the McGregor Poetry Festival.

Get your tickets at Computicket from mid-July 2018 and remember to book accommodation in advance.

Traveller24's top tip: Make a full weekend of it and explore the dorpie. See art, visit quaint pubs and restaurants, go on hiking trails and wine tastings, among other activities.

This year is the Hantam Vleisfees' 29th anniversary, so if you've never been before, why not now? As the name suggests, the festival revolves around meat. But not just any meat! Karoo mutton and lamb to be more specific. Apart from delicious hearty food, the festival also presents an array of popular Afrikaans artists.

While ticket prices haven't been confirmed, you can expect to pay round about R50 for entry to the festival on Friday night and R80 on the Saturday. Keep an eye on the Hantam Vleisfees website for details.

Traveller24's top tip: If you are a meat-lover, you might want to take an empty cooler box and/or a portable fridge, as you're probably going to want to bring some loot back home.