The 19th annual Olive Festival promises to be bigger and better, with an acoustic stage, country fair and fresh-produce market on the cards. Olive enthusiasts will be in their element with the range of homemade olive goodies on offer – from jams, pickles, preserves and tapenades to flavoured extra-virgin olive oils and freshly baked olive breads.
The picturesque Riebeek Valley is home to some of the country’s top olive producers, as well as two Italian-trained olive-oil graders, so you’ll be in the company of experts. Other weekend activities include guided walks in the olive groves, craft-beer tasting, live music, and more. Plus, there’s stuff to keep the little ones entertained, so bring ’em along, too.
Your weekend passport (and the Sunday-only pass) allows you entrance to all of the participating farms and the town-based marquees, as well as a complimentary glass of wine. Here’s a list of not-to-be-missed events:
- Riebeek Valley Wine Co: The Wild Olive Acoustic stage with a toe-tapping lineup
- Pulpit Rock Winery: free wine-and-olive tastings, golf challenge, and an array of potjie kos
- The Olive Boutique: a delicious Swartland picnic, with olives galore and entertainment by Johnny Ray Acoustic Blues Band
- Meerhof Wines: endless views, wine-tasting, olive-tasting and pizzas straight out of the oven
- Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Farm: wine, olives and a variety of market stalls selling foods and preserves
- Het Vlok Kasteel: an impressive one-stop olive shop with roughly 50 olive-inspired products and preserves
- Allesverloren: a wonderful country market with Muscadel slush puppies, biltong, burgers, wraps, pies and Las Paletas ice creams.
- The Riebeek Kasteel Town Square: Olives, craft beer, delicious food, live local entertainment, and more
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Looking for accommodation? The Shiraz Estate Guest House features eight beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms, divided into double rooms, four-sleepers and studios, making it the ideal spot for families, friends, and singletons to stay during the festival.