The Swartland is not only well-known for its wines, olives and grain, but also for its hospitality, natural beauty and numerous tourist attractions. The good news for Capetonians is that the region is coming to town.
On Saturday, October 11, the Swartland will put its numerous offerings on display again.
The Swartland Farmers’ Market at the Kirstenbosh Stone Cottages will offer locals a golden opportunity to not only sample and enjoy the region’s many food and wine offerings, but also to rub shoulder with the winemakers. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about this popular destination which stretches from the Paardeberg mountains in the south to the Berg River in the north.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Swartland Farmer’s Market is making its appearance in Cape Town and wine producers from the region – from boutique wineries to large co-operative cellars – will present their award-winning wines, not to mention the olive producers from this region.
Foodies can look forward sampling homemade pies, cakes, koeksisters, breads, biscuits, canned products, honey, olives, olive oils and much more. Wooden toys, fashion accessories, décor items, handmade jewellery and skin care products made from olive oil will also be on sale.
The Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route is renowned for its chenin blanc, shiraz and Rhône style wines and has already amassed awards locally and internationally for its high quality wines. Olives were planted here for the first time in 1989 and today flourish in the Swartland with its Mediterranean climate.
The Swartland Farmers’ Market has in the past proved to be a very popular get-together for families and friends who enjoy good food, good wine and good company. The gates open at 10am and will stay open until 4pm. Entry is free, but a tasting glass with 10 tasting coupons will cost R40 per person.
* For more information, call 022 487 1133; or visit www.swartlandwineandolives.co.za.