Crush Day @ Darling Cellars: 1 March 2014

 

 

Haven’t you always wanted to get stuck into a bit of barefoot grape stumping? Now is your chance. Don’t miss the Crush Day at Darling Cellars on 1 March 2014 for a day filled with fun!

Crush Day

 

This is a day long affair and starts at 08h00 when everybody gather at the cellar to register and receive their goodie bags. After a Darling breakfast, the tractor-pulled wagons are ready to take the guests to the vineyards where you have to pick your own grapes. Once the picking is completed the fun begins…

Back at the cellar, pairs of two get into a barrels and stomp their grapes to the rhythm of the music. Prizes are up for grabs for the pairs who crush the most juice from the grapes.

After squashing the grapes between your toes, there is time to relax and have a glass of wine and wonder through the stalls with local produce while the kids (and sometimes even the gown ups!) are having fun on the slip ‘n slide or take part in the Easter egg hunt.

Also use your creative juices to create a label for the Crush wine 2014! At 13h00 you should have build up quite a hunger and then it is time to tuck into the lamb on the spit. Ease into the afternoon with the music of a local band. The day usually stops at 15h00 depending on how much the crowd enjoy themselves…

To top all of this, the wine that you created with passion will be ready for collection in August 2014.

crush day people

Booking is essential – visit www.darlingcellars.co.za or tel 022 492 2276

Darling Music Experience: 7-9 & 14-16 February 2014

For two weekends in February, Darling comes alive to the sound of classical music. The theme of the 2014 Darling Music Experience is “Beethoven Comes to Darling”. Once again the programme offers a line up great music, food and wine in the rural setting of Darling – “only an hour from Cape Town… but a million miles away.”

Some of the highlights this year are the young soprano Hlengiwe Mkhawanazi, the composer in residence Mac McKenzie, the amazing jazz trio and many more… For the full programme see below and visit www.darlingmusic.org. For tickets, call Innes on 082 310 3404 or e-mail darlingmusicexperience@gmail.com.

Darling Music Experience 2014

Darling Music Experience Programme

Condé Nast Traveller takes a foodie road trip through Darling and the Western Cape

Conde Nast Traveller article

A recent article in Condé Nast Traveller features a number of the Western Cape’s top restaurants, including Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post (Darling), Oep ve Koep (Paternoster), Voorstrandt (Paternoster), Gaaitjie (Paternoster), Bread & Wine at Môreson Wine Farm (Franschhoek), Babel at Babylonstoren (Franschhoek), Reuben’s (Franschhoek), The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek), Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Wine Estate (Constantia, Cape Town), The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (Constantia, Cape Town), The Test Kitchen at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town) and The Pot Luck Club at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town).

Below is an extract of the article by Rodney Bolt. Click to view the full Condé Nast Traveller article

 

SCENE STEALER

The Western Cape’s reputation for wine in undiminished but now its cooking has caught up, with young chefs savouring exotic homegrown ingredients and looking to their own traditions rather than to Europe. South African-born Rodney Bolt tucks his napkin in for a road trip to relish.

My first stop, Groote Post wine farm, about an hour’s drive north of Cape Town, was once home to the splendidly named Hildagonda Duckitt, South Africa’s very own Mrs Beeton. Duckitt was the first woman in the country to publish recipes gathered from all manner of people – from Afrikaner farmers’ wives to the descendants of Malay slaves – over a century ago. Her books are largely forgotten, but at Hilda’s Kitchen (+27 22 492 2693; www.grootepost.com) her ghost hovers over chef Debbie McLaughlin. At a table set under the trees beside the whitewashed Cape Dutch farmhouse. I eat a brilliantly updated old-school Cape lunch of local charcuterie with a Hilda-inspired apple-and-date relish, oxtail simmered with cinnamon and butternut – brought to the table in a potjie (a three legged, cast-iron cooking pot). A pudding of sticky date tart is well matched by a luscious Groote Post Shiraz; but just a sip, as I am only stopping off on my way to Paternoster, further up the West Coast.

Click to view the full Condé Nast Traveller article

Upcoming shows at Evita se Perron

See Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout in action at Darling’s famous ‘Evita se Perron’ theatre…

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Show times subject to change. Always check http://www.evita.co.za for the latest programme. Booking essential for all shows.

 

February 2014 

Saturday 01 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19H00 50 Shades of Bambi

Sunday 02 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 08 14H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 09 14H00 And then there was Madiba

Friday 14 19h00 50 Shades of Bambi
Valentine´s evening

Saturday 15 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 16 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Sunday 23 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

 

March 2014

HUMAN RIGHTS WEEKEND
Friday 21 14H00 Evita´s Human Rights
19h00 Adapt or Fly

Saturday 22 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19h00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 23 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Sunday 30 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

 

April 2014

Saturday 12 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 13 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

EASTER WEEKEND
Saturday 19 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19h00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 20 14H00 Tannie´s Easter

Monday 21 14H00 Adapt or Fly

FREEDOM DAY WEEKEND
Friday 25 19h00 An Evening with Evita

Saturday 26 14H00 Adapt or Fly
19H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 27 14H00 Evita´s Freedom Day

Monday 28 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

 

May 2014 

WORKERS DAY WEEKEND
Thursday 01 14H00 Evita´s Workers Day

Friday 02 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Saturday 03 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 04 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus
MOTHER´S DAY WEEKEND
Saturday 10 14H00 Adapt or Fly
19h00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Sunday 11 14H00 Evita´s Mothers Day

Saturday 17 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

Sunday 18 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 24 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 25 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 31 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:
Call Beryl on 022 492 3930
E-mail bookings@evita.co.za
http://www.evita.co.za

 

‘Xmas in July’ at Evita se Perron

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Have a great break from the city and eat drink & be merry with Tannie Evita as she celebrates an extra Christmas in the middle of the year. Enjoy a good laugh over Xmas lunch in the cosy theatre. You’ll find scandal, hope, hilarity and even a sing-a-long in Evita’s Xmas stocking!

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00 for visitors to enjoy the vibe.

Contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za  or visit www.evita.co.za.

 

Upcoming Shows at Evita se Perron, Darling

See Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout in action at Darling’s famous ‘Evita se Perron’ theatre…

Show times subject to change. Always check http://www.evita.co.za for the latest programme. Booking essential for all shows.

April 2013

Saturday 20 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

Sunday 21 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Freedom Day/Workers Day Weekend
Friday 26 19H00 Ondskan

Saturday 27 14H00 Evita’s Freedom Day

Sunday 28 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

May 2013
Wednesday 1 14H00 Evita’s Workers Day

Saturday 4 14H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 5 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

June 2013
Saturday 1 14H00 An Afternoon with Evita
SOLD OUT

Sunday 2 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 8 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 9 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 15 14H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 16 14h00 Evita’s Youth Day

Saturday 22 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 23 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 29 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

Sunday 30 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

July 2013
Saturday 6 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 7 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Saturday 13 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 14 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Saturday 20 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 21 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Saturday 27 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 28 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:
Call Beryl on 022 492 3930
E-mail bookings@evita.co.za
http://www.evita.co.za

Come pick olives in Darling and enjoy a 7 course meal!

“Under the Olive Tree”

Here is a unique event, well worth a trip to Darling to be a part of…

Experience the joys of picking olives in THE oldest olive grove in Darling.

To the sound of music in the Nieuwepost olive grove, come pick your olives whilst a delicious 7 course olive infused meal is set up under the trees.

Once you have eaten your fill, chill out under the trees for a lazy Saturday snooze or have a cup of MoerKoffee and tasty sweets before heading back home.

11 May 2013
11am at Nieuwepost Farm, Darling
Cost: R150 pp (incl. olives to take home with recipe, welcome olive martini, 7 course lunch)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL:
Carla 079 497 3746

Up Close Tours visits Darling

More uses for an old bath
(Courtesy of http://www.upclosetours.co.za/blog/visit-darling/)

This blog post is courtesy of http://www.upclosetours.co.za/blog/visit-darling/

Driving north from Cape Town on the R27 (take the R307 turnoff) for 72km will take you to Darling, a small town with its own wine route and a very special station. Since 1996, this station has been taken over by Evita se Perron, a restaurant-cum-playhouse-cum-art gallery owned by Tannie Evita Bezhuidenhout, otherwise known as Pieter Dirk-Uys. Evita se Perron put Darling firmly on the map and if you are looking to be thoroughly entertained followed up by an excellent meal, make a booking here.

Evita se Perron at Darling station
(Courtesy of http://www.upclosetours.co.za/blog/visit-darling/)

The Darling info centre/museum in the old town hall is open 7 days a week and has a nice display of old agricultural implements including a wheat carbine that looks like something built for the Will Smith movie Wild, Wild West. While at the museum, ask the friendly curator to show you the fascinating antique photographic glass slide collection.

There are four splendid wines farms on the Darling wine route (Cloof, Darling Cellars, Groote Post and Ormonde Vineyards) with only one – Groote Post – open on a Sunday.

The Hildebrand Monument is just outside the town and the curator at the museum can give you a very interesting insight into the death of this Boer commando.

The Voorkamerfest takes place in September and the concept here is that ticket-holders are driven by taxi to three mystery homes where they will experience some form of art (drama, mime, comedy or cabaret) in the homeowners lounge!  Stalls are setup throughout the town offering arts & crafts, food and wine tasting.

The roads around Darling are bordered by masses of white arum lilies in the winter. It’s illegal to collect them but stop and see if you can find the elusive and striking Arum Lily Frog that lives in the flower of the lily. Spring is flower season when Darling and surrounding towns are swamped with visitors. During this period, the Tinie Versfeld Flower Reserve just outside Darling is filled with an amazing array of flowers.

Other towns & places worth visiting in the area are:

  1. Groote Post farm

Named after a cattle guarding station, this 18th century farm continues its livestock breeding and dairy tradition but also includes an award winning winery and onsite restaurant serving modern country meals from the historic manor house

2.  Mamre

Originally a mission station dating back to the early 19th century, Mamre has a number of interesting places to visit –

  • There is a fantastic community-driven tour called the Mamre Donkey Trail where you take a donkey cart ride around the town escorted by a local guide. It’s a highly unusual tour worth taking and includes a meal, all at a very reasonable price
  • The Moravian mission station (church, water mill and VOC soldier’s barracks) visit is included in the above tour or drive to the site yourself
  • Visit the old goal in Mamre
  • Just outside the town is a nature garden containing indigenous plants

3.  Philadelphia

On your return to Cape Town, remain on the R307 and look out for a left turn to Philadelphia.  The town is a few 100 meters off the R307 (note that the R307 will take you back to Cape Town via the N7 highway). If I had money for a country home, this little picturesque town is where I would buy. Dominated by the huge church at its entrance, the town has a number of quirky shops, galleries, studios and restaurants. Of particular interest are the Crystals and Gemstones store and Pepper Tree Art Stable & Coffee Shop

4.  West Coast Ostrich Farm

On the N7 highway, the ostrich farm is well signposted. Visit to find out about the ostrich, its breeding & feeding habits and if you want some excitement, sit on one for a good photo opportunity

So, if you are looking for something unusual to do on a day trip, Darling and surrounding towns are worth visiting.

NOTE: Please don’t drink and drive, rather arrange a tour through us and never walk alone in any of the nature parks, we can assist with a guide. Our contact details can be found here:www.upclosetours.co.za/contact-us

This is the fourth in a series of blogs where we highlight some of the fantastic offerings in Cape Town’s neighbouring cities and towns. Look out for the next blog describing the nearby wheat region!