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South African Cheese Festival

If you’re in the mood for Bries and blues then head to this cheesy foodie fest

Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Who am I to diss a brie?” A cheesy variation of Eurythmics.

Many an ode has been written about cheese over the years: to beautifully pungent rounds of Brie, and spider web-veined blocks of blue. If you’re a serious turophile with an appreciation for all things curds and whey then you’ll be delighted to know that the 2017 South African Cheese Festival returns to Sandringham in Stellenbosch from Friday, 28 to Sunday, 30 April 2017 to celebrate 16 years of cheesy goodness.

This year’s theme places the spotlight on cheese and once again the annual food and wine celebration will focus on showcasing world-class local and international cheeses, with special attention paid to artisan and boutique cheese makers. It’s all about craft, creativity and tucking into all manner of scrumptious cheesy delights.


MORE CHEESE? YES PLEASE: First and foremost, this foodie fest is about cheese in all its glorious shapes and forms. Nibble on cheddars, creamy Camemberts, piquant blues and goudas galore in the Dairy Square’s Checkers Cheese Emporium, which houses small, medium and large cheeseries and other specialty goods. Not only can you eat your body weight in cheese samples, but you can also meet their masterful makers and find out all about how the cheese creation process works.  

COOK UP A STORM WITH CELEB CHEFS: The brand spanking new The Meander, in which top chefs will teach you their favourite tricks and trade secrets through informative cooking demonstrations and more. Wave goodbye to grilled cheeses as you dabble with five-star cuisine.

GET YOUR PAWS ON TASTY TREATS FOR LATER: Resistance is futile: don’t even try to say no to the enticing selection of gorgeous goods on offer at the Agri-Expo Mall. Alternatively, give in to temptation and purchase a smorgasbord of delectable cheeses and other home-grown titbits from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Cape Made: Taste the Alternative exhibition, which showcases local alternatives to artisanal products such as pomegranates, olives, mushrooms and more.

BIG FUN FOR LITTLE (& NOT SO LITTLE) CHEESES: The Cheese Festival is a family-friendly event with a Kiddies Corner offering plenty of educational entertainment to keep little ones busy.

LET’S GO TO THE CARNIVAL: If you feel like basking in the autumn sun with a bottle of vino and some creamy delights then the Carnival Park should be your destination of choice. Stroll down to pick up a selection of top quality snacks and then relax in the park, lazing around tables and discussing your top cheeses of the day. Bring out your best (read cheesiest) cheese jokes to entertain your friends: ‘What cheese would you use to hide your horse? Mascarpone!’ Get it? This year features the Stellenbosch Vineyards Music Gazebo which boasts an outstanding line-up.

Tickets are available via and at all Computicket outlets and cost R160p/p and R100p/p for pensioners; little ones under the age of 13 enter for FREE! No tickets are available at the gates. The event starts at 10am every day.

Take note that NO tickets will be sold at the gate on the day.

Since this fromage fiesta is an outdoor event, visitors are urged to dress comfortably and take heed of the weather. Wear walking shoes and don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen or umbrella and wellies for when the weather turns. Moms and pops, it’s best to carry your little one in a sling or baby backpack, as traversing the terrain and navigating through the crowds can get tricky in a push cart. Also, remember to bring along a cooler bag for all your goodies and wet wipes for your sticky and cheesy fingers! The festival programme has all you need to know and includes a helpful layout of the festival grounds. There will also be ATMs on the festival grounds for your convenience as well as loads of bottled water and water dispensers to quench your thirst.


Read more about the various things to do in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Check out our overview of annual April events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.


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