The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers heads for Stellenbosch

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers heads for Stellenbosch

It’s carnival time in Stellenbosch as The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers roll into town with their “rad” set up that includes everything from food trucks and bars, to a double decker bus-come-restaurant, barber shop, fun rides and animal-free circus in a Big Top tent.

After a sold out inaugural stint in Fish Hoek, “the coolest gig in town” has packed up their trailers, caravans and big top tents, and will be settling in at the Van Der Stel Sports Club from August 5 to 27.

Designed and produced by Richard Griffin and the team that brought South Africa Madame Zingara and a string of iconic eateries and bars, this concept showcases a unique theatrical, food and outdoor experience for people of all ages. These industry stalwarts and vintage carnival producers have brought quirky Bohemian circus life to the fore by incorporating the visual wonderment of the performing arts, live music, vinyl vibes and a winter garden of delights, all in one festive space.

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers carnival experience promises something for almost everyone. The food on offer includes vegetarian and Halaal options, but for carnivores Khumalo’s Meat House and Tavern braai experience will be on hand. The gourmet gypsy menu on the double decker Bohemian Bus, the Fish Shack And Café and trucks will sell delicious cuisine. With several late night bars like the Barber Shop mirror tent, the carnival is bound to further enhance one of Cape Town’s most popular destination towns.

For the kids, there is ‘The Story of the Moon’, a tale about the moon and her quest to be happy like the circus folk she sees below. Presented in a traditional imported Italian Big Top, it is suitable for the smallest of children to teens, parents, guardians and all who experience it. The show, directed by Marc Colli and Christine Chapman and conceptualised by Richard Griffin, is MC’d by Lilian Khumalo as Mama Circus, alongside singer Carmen Maarman. The star cast of performers hail from South Africa and abroad, showcasing acrobatics, drumming, Argentinian boladeros, contortion, slapstick comedy and a mesmerizing quick change act.

* The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers is open at the Van der Stel Sports Club from Wednesday to Sunday, from August 5 to 27. Entry costs R30pp and the grounds open from 2pm, Wednesdays to Fridays, and from 11am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Student night is on Wednesdays with 2 for 1 specials on presentation of a student card. Between 4pm and 6pm there is R10 beer and wine.

The ‘Story of the Moon’ is presented on Thursdays at 4pm, Fridays at 3pm and 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm, 3pm and 7pm. Tickets cost from R120 for children to R160 for adults, available via, and via 071 400 2250. Costs for additional activities are R20 to R60 for the big carnival rides, R40 for bungee trampoline (only children aged 3 to 12) per 5 minutes, and R30pp for face painting.