South African street food, Pinotage wine flowing bountifully from barrels, land-based whale watching, treasure hunts for adults, and live music are just a few of the things you can expect to find at these four fun spring festivals in the Cape.
Cape Town Street Food Festival
- Where: Cape Town City Bowl
- When: 31 August to 9 September
Cape Town’s annual Street Food Festival pays homage to South African food culture by dishing up authentic local foods pavement-style. This year, the festival will include 10 days of festivities. Pop-up events like food walks and food movie screenings will lead up to two big market weekends in Cape Town. Local food talent will be serving crispy, saucy, fried and fresh favourites, live DJs will be spinning the soundtrack to the day, and there’ll be a line-up of talks by local food entrepreneurs.
Pinotage on Tap
- Where: Diemersfontein Wine Estate, Wellington
- When: 1 September
Awarded the title of “Best Wine Event in the World” by Drinks International in 2014, this incredibly popular wine festival is now in its 14th year, and promises to be better than ever. Pinotage On Tap is brought to you by Diemersfontein Wines – Home of the Original Coffee & Chocolate Pinotage. Tickets include a goodie bag on arrival, Pinotage wine flowing abundantly from the barrel taps, and performances by popular local live music bands, Freshly Ground and Jesse Clegg.
Bot River Spring Weekend
- Where: Bot River
- When: 1 and 2 September 2018
Every year wine enthusiasts descend upon this small Overberg town for the annual Spring Weekend. Wine lovers can expect loads of activities hosted by various wine farms, such as yoga with a twist at Goedvertrouw vineyard, sushi, boules and clay pigeon shooting at Genevieve MCC wine farm, and a private cellar dinner at Barton Vineyards. One of the highlights is a treasure hunt for adults, during which visitors complete challenges via a mobile phone app, with fabulous prizes up for grabs.
Hermanus Whale Festival
- When: 28 September – 30 September
Now in its 28th year, the Hermanus Whale Festival, is the oldest and largest festival on the Cape Whale Coast in South Africa. Although the whales are the star performers at the festival, they will be joined on land by quality entertainers and musicians, an array of food stalls and kiddies activities and events suitable for both young and old.