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Delheim Start of Harvest Festival
Enjoy a foot-stomping grape time with the whole family at this Stellenbosch wine estate’s produce party
If December is the start of the silly season, then January marks the beginning of harvest festivals in the Cape Winelands. And what better way to kick off the year than getting knee-deep in grape juice and stomping your way to victory at the 2016 Delheim Start of Harvest Festival in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 January 2016.
The lovely people at this famous Merlot-producing wine estate will roll out barrels of grapes ripe for stomping, and they invite revellers to enjoy a weekend jam-packed with entertainment, from a great grape smash to an alfresco dining experience at the Harvest Table.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2016 DELHEIM START OF HARVEST FESTIVAL IN STELLENBOSCH
The festivities kick off at noon each day with a complimentary glass of grape must (a product of the first stage of winemaking) and traditional mosbolletjies (sweet bread rolls made with grape must) to toast the harvest. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample fresh grapes harvested on the day.
Next, guests can look forward to the much-anticipated grape stomping competition. The highly entertaining contest calls on participating teams to stomp their hearts out to see who can smash the Winelands’s famous fruit into the finest pulp! Prizes are awarded to the squads who produce the most juice, show the boldest spirit and are deemed best dressed on the day.
Following the feisty stomping contest, families and friends are invited to join the Sperling family in ‘celebrating the feast of their fruitage’ with a languid outdoor lunch at the Harvest Table. The sublime buffet-style lunch will be served on the shaded lawn along the river’s edge, under accommodating ancient Oaks. Guests are invited to spread out their blankets and get comfortable whilst tucking into scrumptious cuisine.
TICKETS FOR THE 2016 DELHEIM START OF HARVEST FESTIVAL IN STELLENBOSCH
Tickets are limited to only 120 per day and cost R300p/p for adults and R175p/p for children under 12; entry is free for little ones under the age of two years.
Tickets include all the activities and food on the day, including grapes from the harvest, a Delheim wine glass, a sample of the grape must and mosbolletjies on arrival. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
Have a squiz at our guide to annual January events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.
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