Reasons to be in the Western Cape this June
June is a cold month in South Africa, as it should since it constitutes the beginning of winter. What you watch on TV may be filled with snow but for most people, this means staying indoors and leaving the house only when you have to, which shouldn’t be the case. South Africa is full of things to do, rain or shine because the fun isn’t scared of a little cold wind, from the coast to the other side of the mountain, the Mother City is the place to be in the month of June
Take a look at the following events to see what we mean.
The Cape Town Coffee Festival
A cup of Joe, Java in the morning, mud or Go juice, regardless of what your caffeine fix is called, why not celebrate and honour the beverage that wakes you up in the morning without fail. Cape Town’s Coffee festival feature as much coffee as you can drink, interactive seminars, workshops and demonstrations from world-class baristas, street food and live music all squeezed into a span of two days. All of this can be enjoyed from a 10-minute drive from Touch Down’s very own luxury accommodation just 10 minutes from the festivities.
When: 1-2 June
Cost: R150 (online)
R180 at the door
R100 (0 -16)
R600 (Super VIP)
Location: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Wacky Wine Weekend
This event takes place annually at the Robertson’s Wine Valley and celebrates everything wine. From the grapes to the stomping, the cellar they’re kept in and above all things, the taste of the finished product. This family-friendly event offers food, tours of wine cellars, live music and child-friendly activities for the little ones to enjoy.
When: 1-4 June 2019
Location: Robertson Wine Valley
Contact: (+27) 23 626 3167
The Snoek en Patalfees festival
Back for yet another year to share food fish and the occasional doughnut. Like the 17 years before, the Snoek en Patalfees festival is fundraising aimed at strengthening and supporting various organisations and job creation projects to grow the economy. Enjoy more than food as local bands serenade you with music and fun activities for the kids to enjoy. Merrymaking begins at 9 am.
When: 29-30 June
Cost: R90 pp for Adults
R30pp for kids between 6 & 12
R130 for a weekend pass
(+27) 78 316 3988
Knysna Oyster Festival 2019
This popular festival is held annually in Knysna and offers plenty of experiences for connoisseurs of delicacy in the form of this very shellfish, as well as outdoor and foodie experiences for everybody else, lovers of oysters or otherwise. This fair has something for everybody in attendance.
When: 21-30 June
Cost: Varies per event
Contact: (+27)44 382 5510 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Arts Festival
Singing, dancing and every other art form in-between are celebrated at the Arts Festival. Every hall is alive with performers of every kind be it exhibitions, cultural showcases or one of a kind spectacles showcasing the very best of what the country has to offer in sheer raw talent. This year is no exception with the inclusion of the Standard Bank Jazz festival Line up on stage. Thes festival might not be in the province that Cape Town calls home, but its exclusion would simply be a criminal offence as the National Arts Festival celebrates the best within the borders of South Africa.
When: 27 June – 07 July
Cost: Event dependant
Location: Makhanda, Eastern Cape
South Africa, it’s hard to miss when it’s literally self-explanatory on a map. That being said, there are things that make this country unique beyond its languages and history pre and post 1994. To those individuals who have been fortunate to leave the borders of the country, hopefully in a legal way will know that not everything we come into contact with as citizens are universally available.
A perfect example of this is the humble braai. Every meat eating country most likely has one but were the only country to call it by its real name, a braai. Not a barbeque like the rest of the world because we all know that’s the name of a flavour of a spice or a sauce. What’s even worse is that this leisure activity’s partner is known as a sausage across the world and not as boerewors. Which is unfair because viennas are known as viennas if only they were available in the city of Vienna and bratwurst as bratwurst regardless of where you are in the world, and they’re from. We’re always told to support Proudly South African products, but we do that on a regular basis. We might not be Germany or Japan and purchase locally produced cars, but we do have rusks and Rooibos. Two proudly South African products that we enjoy with as much pride as our national rugby team giving Australia a hiding, but if it’s Australia then beating them in everything brings the country together and national joy.
As far as food is concerned, there are what we can call, for lack of a better term, the celebrity foods that everybody knows and associates with South Africa, in the same way, Nelson Mandela is. These include but not limited to Mrs Balls Chutney, Milk tart and most importantly Biltong and wine. But food is not the only thing we’re known for. Thanks to the 2010 World Cup we also introduced the Vuvuzela to the world, but a noise complaint was lodged, and it’s now banned in most places outside our northern borders. The shy Chappies wrapper has educated so many people that call this place home, but the facts stated on its underside have made us famous for other reasons, some of which we don’t appreciate and realise as native South Africans, such as having the world’s longest wine route. 850 km of fermented grape goodness from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, which is a route that should be taken if the N2 reminds you too much of your way to work. We are also home to the second highest waterfall in the world — Tugela Falls at 948 metres.
These are all things that make South Africa, South Africa and this is without mentioning the usual sales material of our country, the tourism and wildlife, Nobel peace prize winners, beaches and lure of natural resources.