It’s (still) summertime and the living is easy…in Stellenbosch, where visitors and locals alike can now revel in the true pulse and pleasures of this vibrant oak-lined town during communal Street Soirees, which take place on a bi-weekly basis until the end of March 2013.
These social Stellenbosch Street Soirees transform the lower part of Church Street into a colourful gourmet and grape hub, with complimentary wine tastings offered by various estates on South Africa’s oldest and foremost wine route.
Adding taste to these balmy evenings, participating restaurants in and around Stellenbosch will sell some of their unique dishes right there on the street, while live music will get the vibes going and make you forget about your long day at the office.
“The layout and lifestyle of our quaint town really lend itself to street festivities and these after-work gatherings allow one to bask in this wonderful Winelands atmosphere and become part of the Stellenbosch way of life,” shares Elmarie Rabe, events co-ordinator of the wine route.
“Stellenbosch has always been top of the pops as far as its wine selection and quality goes, but it can now also be called the Gourmet Capital of South African, as was recently attested at the prestigious 2012 Eat Out Awards. Four of the Top Ten restaurants hail from our neck of the woods,” adds Rabe.
Each Stellenbosch Street Soiree features a different selection of cellars and caterers and entrance is free. These wine and food rendezvous take place from 5pm to 7.30pm and for a R20 deposit one gets a wine glass and a ticket to taste as many wines on the evening.
Soiree dates to diarise are February 27 and March 13 and 27.
* For more information on the Stellenbosch Street Soirees, call 021 886 8275 or 021 886 4310, or visit www.wineroute.co.za. Alternatively find the Stellenbosch Street Soirees page on Facebook.