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
Hankering for a taste of Tuscany, some fabulous French fare or perhaps just a fun dayout? Well instead of jetting off for Europe, why not head up to the picturesque Riebeek Valley to partake in the fourth annual Medfest this weekend, 31 March and 1 April 2012. The Swartland valley's many restaurants and wine cellars will be celebrating the culture and unique cuisine of nine Mediterranean countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Morocco. Restaurants will be "married" to one of these countries and create the tastes and flavours that identify them, while the Royal Hotel will host a Portuguese Festival. Gourmands, daytrippers and fans of all things Mediterranean will be able to
For those folk who happen to be in Riebeek Kasteel this coming weekend, and wish to experience some really rich South African talent - be sure to take in Danie Niehaus' lunchtime concert at The Royal Hotel.