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The Inside Guide | Cape Town
CHECK THIS OUT! COME AND JOIN US IN BOT RIVER. Bot River Spring Festival 2018: A Weekend of Wine, Food + Fun
Give it horns at this bull-inspired 2018 Spring Weekend.
Every year wine enthusiasts descend upon the small, heart-shaped Overberg town for the annual Bot River Spring Weekend. This year, wine lovers can expect loads of activities hosted by various wine farms, celebrating blooms in a bull-inspired way. (Interestingly, the Khoisan people called the Bot River valley Gouda, which means place of cattle.) One of the highlights is a bull race (or treasure hunt for adults), during which participants get to learn about Bot River. It’s hosted by the Gallivanting Goose, and visitors are required to complete challenges prompted by a mobile phone app. Fabulous prizes are, of course, up for grabs.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
If the bull race is not your scene, try yoga with a twist at Goedvertrouw vineyard. If you are more of the sit-back-and-relax type, Villion Family Wines winemaker Kobie Viljoen is hosting a private cellar dinner at Barton Vineyards. For animal lovers and children, there are pony rides and a petting zoo at the PaardenKloof Ecology Lifestyle Estate.
There’s also a wonderful farmer’s market, where guests can buy fresh, local produce, exquisite proteas and other plants. Gabriëlskloof is hosting a market, and launching this season’s Rosebud wine.
LINE YOUR STOMACH
As always, there’ll be a delicious line-up of food on offer. Wildekrans is hosting Friday Steak Night and Saturday Curry Night, as well as an Ox Braai. Chef Matt Manning, who trained in various Michelin-starred restaurants in London, is getting dishes dirty at Luddite, where the Rivertones reggae band is playing on Saturday night. At Genevieve MCC wine farm, expect sushi, a children’s treasure hunt, boules and clay-bull shooting.
BOT RIVER SPRING WEEKEND ESSENTIALS
Tickets cost R100 per day, and include a wine glass for free tastings at participating farms, which you may collect at Fiore Nursery on the town square. Tickets can be prebooked at Quicket. #botriver2018 #funandlaughter #greatfood #topquality #bestwines