Festivals

Rocking the Daisies 2012

Rocking the Daisies Kloof Wine Estate 2012

Rocking the Daisies is EPIC – period! Woodstock had nothing on what these tree hugging fairies had in their watering cans... Now in its 7th year the festival is just getting bigger and better! As we tick off the days on our calendars and excitement booms for Kloof Wine Estate in Darling to open their gates on the 4th of October for Daisies 2012. Once again the best in live entertainment, lifestyle exhibitions and gourmet food will be on offer, jam-packed with cutting edge, quality music, art fields and facilities aimed to cater for everyone from child care to comedic relief. Look forward to a few changes in this years setup, which is like a double holiday – Bonus! Gates open on Thursday October 4th and close earlier on                  

Festivals

Darling it’s the VoorkamerFest…

Darling Voorkamer Fest Cape Town 2012

The West Coast is buzzing with activity as the Spring flowers blossom and little towns come alive with intimate festivals – Oh Darling don't miss this one... Homes in Darling are the set for the 9th VoorkamerFest (Front-Room Festival) offering a unique, multi-cultural experience in an exciting and unconventional format… Voorkamer kicks off on 31 Aug, through to the 2 September 2012, this is the time of year when the darling’s of Darling open up their homes to host professional performances by local and international artists. You name it, Music, drama, mime, comedy and cabaret are performed in the lounges or “voorkamers” of Darling homes, with their owners hosting you for the duration of the show. Similar to the amazing race just                  

Out of Town

Darling’s and their dear stories…

Darling West Coast Stories

The folk of Darling really love to tell stories, listen to stories and repeat stories. Stories keep them going… Some of the stories will make you fall off your chair with laughter, or cry at the shocking circumstance’s. Some stories are fascinating tales about the area, the history and it’s people, mesmerizing ghost stories, stories of the San, or some darker and decidedly risqué stories…Be sure not to miss stories at Darling this weekend from the 17th to 19th August 2012. Stories at Darling Programme Friday 17 August A Tapestry of School stories @ Darling Museum, 6:30pm for 7h00pm. Join them for a belly laugh with Marie Hammann and perhaps shed a tear as well! Only 50 tickets available book now with Dianne 022 492                  

Market

Market at The Palms

The Palms Market in Woodstock

A fantastic new market, the Market at The Palms, is held every second Saturday in Woodstock. The brainchild of Isabella Niehaus, foodie and stylist extraordinaire, this market promises to bring us the best that the West Coast and Platteland have to offer, right here in Woodstock. The market offers a smorgasbord of delicious, fresh and distinctive food, with each of the traders handpicked for their special offering. Look forward to fresh Saldanha oysters and other seafood, fynbos teas, Tulbagh wines, gorgeous flowers, artisan breads, handcrafted chocolate, gourmet sandwiches, scrumptious melktert and fresh produce like figs, pomegranates and waterblommetjies. It’s not only food though, it also showcases unique linen,                  

Festivals

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

olive festival

  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                  

Out of Town

Gaatjie Saltwater Restaurant, Paternoster

Gaatjie Saltwater Restaurant, Paternoster

Next time you're on the West Coast, make sure you make a booking at Gaatjie Saltwater Restaurant, which has fast established itself as one of the culinary highlights of a trip to Paternoster. Set in a simple fisherman's cottage on the town's Voorstrandt beach, it is the brainchild and lifelong dream of Suzi Holtzhauzen, who says she "lives to cook". She started her vocation in all things food with an intensive three-year Cordon Bleu course at Silwood Kitchen, Cape Town, and specialises in local foods with a twist, made from locally produced ingredients, prepared the West Coast way. Specialities include West Coast mussel dishes, oysters, sardines, lobster, various fish, and a creation of anything that is                  

Music

The Darling Music Experience, Darling!

http://www.darlingmusic.org/

    The West Coast town of Darling is set to come alive over two weekends from 3-12 February with the 2012 Darling Music Experience. Exemplary South African and international artists will perform fresh interpretations of classical music in the light-hearted atmosphere that has distinguished this festival since its inception in 2006. Under the artistic directorship of Andreas Kern you can expect great music, packaged dynamically, ranging from classical solo recitals on cello, guitar, marimba and organ to be a jazzed-up gig by a brass quintet. Furthermore: the recorder will team up with a guitar, the cello with a piano, the marimba with a penny whistle, the lute with a piano and a most talented soprano with a                  

Festivals

Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival 2011

TSAF

      The historic Cape Winelands town of Tulbagh is hosting a Spring Arts Festival over the weekend of 26-28 August 2011, celebrating the arts in all their varied forms. The festival also coincides with the spring wildflowers, which include several varieties of rare endemic bulbs that only flower in the Tulbagh valley. It is aimed at raising funds for the Tulbagh Community Gardens and Galgeheuwel Reserve initiative, which will create a public pleasure garden for the enjoyment of all in historic Church Street.   Honouring Tulbagh Masters   The Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival is headlining with the opening of the Christo Coetzee House Museum and Gallery (post renovation of the dilapidated barn, where                  

Photography

Scenic Views

fisheye girl

    Some scenic Snapshots that i took, whilst driving up the West Coast, on our way to Nature's Valley. www.leacolombo.tumblr.com