Olives have become synonymous with the Western Cape's Mediterranean climate and love of good food and wine, and are also a fantastically hardy and diverse fruit. We all love a good excuse for a festival, and the hardy yet handy olive is certainly worthy of a weekend's celebration.
The picturesque and neighbouring Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West are hosting their annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival on the 5th and 6th May 2012, which promises to showcase the best they have to offer in food, wine, and of course, olives.
This year's festival will for the first time feature an Olive Emporium, a country fair, a fresh goods market as well as an Olive Martini bar.
The Olive Emporium will have olives, olive oils, preserves, tapenades and a whole range of olive-based beauty products, while the wineries and eateries will be doing what they do best, many with live entertainment.
An R80 passport, which is valid for the entire festival weekend, allows you entry to the various wine farms, the town based marquees, a complimentary tasting glass and a free tasting of olives or wine. These can be purchased online at webtickets.co.za or on the day at participating establishments as well as the two centralised marquees.
The festival is a past winner of the West Coast Tourism Awards in the ‘Tourism Event’ category.
If you're worried about driving back home, then why not make a weekend of it and book into one of the many accommodation establishments in the valley, ranging from self-catering and B&B to luxurious hotels. Visit the Riebeek Valley website for more information.