A bit of chill in the air, rainy days, stunning sunsets, and shorter days… autumn is on its way to Cape Town. With it comes the celebration of the essentials in life- good food, wine, live arts, and action.
If you find yourself in Cape Town at the moment, your stomach and taste buds will thank you. Wellington has just celebrated its harvest festival with a weekend of food, local produce, mountain biking, and, of course, wine. Next in line is Franschhoek with its Oesfees (harvest festival) this Saturday at Solms Delta wine estate. On the cards is a huge lineup of local musicians and food. Make a weekend of it and enjoy the Franschhoek “Jazz on Friday” events through 2 April.
Closer to the city, make sure to catch the end of the “Taste of Cape Town” festival in Mowbray. Cape Town is known for its fantastic food, at the festival, a collection of top restaurants and chefs offers some of their signature dishes alongside fine wines and a range of other events. As the good weather fades, the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts are coming to an end. There are two more opportunities to enjoy a Sunday picnic in the park with great live music. Make sure to book ahead to ensure a spot as these concerts have been selling out all summer long.
Finishing off this week is “Out the Box” festival of puppetry and visual performance. The schedule highlights a wide variety of local and international companies with performances for kids and adults, workshops, and films. Shows are at the Baxter as well as the really fantastic (and tiny) Hiddingh campus theatres.
Finally, be inspired by the Cape Epic mountain bike race taking place on the outskirts of Cape Town. Some of the world’s best mountain bikers are riding across the areas mountains in this 8 stage 700km plus race. If you’re inspired enough to work off some of the good food and wine you’ve been trying, head on over to Tokai or Jonkershoek for some mountain biking of your own.