Pack the picnic blanket and head to Paarl Rock for a day of delights for the family at the OmmiBerg ‘Round the Rock wine festival on Saturday March 9.
A short drive from the northern suburbs or CBD will see you arrive in the thick of harvest. Squelch your way through a grape stomp, blend wine and take part in a master class, or recline on rolling lawns with delectable treats while enjoying live performances from popular local bands from jazz and blues to rock.
Take your pick of farm fresh foods, whether gourmet cheese and charcuterie on a still-warm crispy loaf, or a simple but wholesome hotdog with homemade sauce for the kids.
Competitive guests can try for a prize at cork shooting or “wine QI” – but if that sounds a little too much like work, a chocolate and wine experience or fruity grappa sampling might be more the thing.
Let the children loose to enjoy the ample space with pony rides, slip ‘n slides, jumping castles and kids’ croquet, balloon shaping and even try their hand at cheese making.
Finally, a water slide to wash the juice away while you recline with tapas-style treats and delectably sweet, part-fermented 2013-vintage wine.The participating farms are: Black Pearl Wines; Boland Kelder; Boutique Baratok; Druk-My-Niet; Fairview; KWV Main Road; Laborie; Landskroon; Mellasat; Nederburg; Olsen Wines; Perdeberg; Rhebokskloof; Ridgeback; Spice Route; Under Oaks; and Windmeul.
* Pre-paid tickets to Ommiberg are R80 from www.computicket.com, or R100 at the gate. Included in the price is access to live bands, a commemorative wine tasting glass, part-fermented wine, and Zweibelküchen or onion tart where available from participating estates. Accompanied minors enter for free, while special events such as master class tastings should be booked in advance, and are payable separately.
For the full program and updates visit www.ommiberg.co.za, follow on Twitter @OmmiBerg, or find them on Facebook @Paarl Wine.
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