Rocking the Daisies in Darling 3-6 Oct 2013

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Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival is back for another year at Cloof Wine Estate in DarlingLook out for the big guns!

After a sold out festival last year, expect more space, bigger arenas and top-class international content. Capacity will once again be limited to 15 000 of you festival frolickers, so get your game face on and snap up those tickets while you still can!

Visit http://www.rockinginthedaisies.com 

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!

Rocking the Daisies: 4-7 October 2012

Internationally acclaimed indie rock legends, Bloc Party are confirmed to headline at Rocking the Daisies 2012! This universally respected band has already headlined some of the world’s most famous festivals and will be adding RTD to its very impressive list, which includes O2 Academy, Leeds and Reading Festival, T in the Park, Glastonbury and V Fest. South Africa now has the chance to be blown away by one of the best live acts in the world on Saturday 06 October at Rocking the Daisies, Cloof Wine Estate,Darling.
Just less than a year ago a big question mark loomed over whether new music would ever emerge from Bloc Party. The band went on a hiatus in October 2009 to focus on side projects, and reunited in September 2011. In May 2012 the band announced via their website that their fourth album, Four, will be released on August 20, 2012.
In February 2005 the band released their debut album Silent Alarm. It was critically acclaimed and was named ‘Indie Album of the Year’ at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music. That same year the record went platinum; with Bloc Party selling two million albums worldwide.
Now they return with their strongest, most vital statement to date in their triumphant new album ‘FOUR‘. The four piece of Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong reunited, prompted by a creative impetus inspired by a dramatic year in world events, as well as a shared desire to rekindle their singular musical kinship. ‘FOUR’ presents a band in the fullest sense of the word: lean, hungry, spirited and uncompromising, armed with a collection of songs as powerful and anthemic as they’ve ever penned, as well as some of their mosthard-hitting and visceral recordings to date! Daisies fans will get to watch this all unfold on the main stage at RTD 2012.

In Kele’s own words: “the record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make, and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made”.

FOUR‘ will be released August 20th via Frenchkiss Records. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4M5EqOGsM
Rocking the Daisies will take place from 4-7th October 2012 on Cloof Wine estate in Darling. Get your tickets NOW from www.webtickets.co.za!
For updates and regular interactions:
Our shiny new website: www.rockingthedaisies.com
Like us on FB: /rockingthedaisiesfestival
Follow us on Twitter: @rockingthedaisy
And watch us on YouTube: /user/RockingTheDaisiesTV

I ♥ Darling Because…

This Q&A article was first published on the SA-Venues blog: http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/love-darling

 

Hi, I’m Paul Martin from Aloe Cottage in Darling.

Darling IS BEST KNOWN FOR its won­der­fully diverse spring flowers, the Voorkamerfest Theatre and Arts FestivalEvita se Perron (the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout), great wine farms, art gal­ler­ies, country-style res­taur­ants and bis­tros, the Duckitt orchid nurs­ery, the friendly small-town atmo­sphere and relaxed coun­try life.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Evita se Perron where you can pose as “the most fam­ous white woman in South Africa” and take a humor­ous trip down South Africa’s memory lane at Boerassic Park.
THE BEST spring flower PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Tinie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, Waylands Flower Reserve or at the orchid open days at Duckitt Nurseries on the first Saturday of the month from May to November.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS CAN BE TAKEN while sip­ping wine at some of the local wine farms like Ormonde, CloofDarling CellarsGroote Post and Tukulu.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO cycle around the vil­lage and farm­lands with my cam­era. The Nguni cattle at Oude Post Farm are par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful with their speckled hides and long horns.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO browse the amaz­ing selec­tion of books at Book League.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS any time of the year, BECAUSE sum­mer offers trips to nearby Yzerfontein beach and long warm even­ings around the braai. The Darling Music Experience clas­sical fest­ival takes place in February. Autumn is ideal for wine tast­ing while the vine­yards turn to orange and gold. Winter brings misty morn­ing walks, and cosy nights with good food and wine. Spring brings the annual Darling Wildflower Show, Voorkamerfest, Rocking the Daisies music fest­ival and so much more …

MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Chicory Cheese Café or Brig’s Barn.

FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST The Marmalade Cat.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Bistro Seven, TRY THE Eisbein.
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM Café Mosaic, known by the loc­als as ‘The Stoep’.
MY FAVOURITE bar­gain hunt­ing SPOT IS The Mantis Trading Store.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY Kraalbosdam on a Friday night.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO the Darling Country Market on the first Saturday morn­ing of the month at the Nitrophoska Building.

Darling’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS the local butchery, Darling Vleismark, per­fect for stock­ing up before return­ing to the city. And don’t miss the cheap homemade jams at the till!
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS enjoy the local beer, Darling Brew, avail­able at most res­taur­ants in Darling.

FOR SOME CULTURE , I LIKE TO GO TO the Voorkamerfest in September, where per­formers from South Africa and around the world give intim­ate per­form­ances in the ‘voork­amers’ (lounges) of houses in Darling. It is not to be missed.

TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO enjoy the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY mak­ing your own wine at the annual Darling Cellars Crush Day.
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS with my dogs at the Renosterveld Reserve at the top of the hill, where you have pan­or­amic views of the vil­lage and sur­round­ing farm­lands.
MY FAVOURITE gift and home­ware SHOP IS is the beau­ti­ful ware­house at the back of The Marmalade Cat.

MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS from the kit­chen win­dow at Aloe Cottage, where the weaver birds put on a fant­astic dis­play build­ing their nests and show­ing off their dexterity.

IF YOU’RE HERE IN July, JOIN IN THE FUN AT Christmas in July at Evita se Perron.

MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS Darling Museum. Discover how Darling got its name and don’t miss the little shop; Ouma’s Treasures.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS Koekemakranka Backpackers, FOR ITS cre­at­ive and whacky interior, cre­ated by local artist and co-owner Omnia Grobler.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS Lelieblom Farm Restaurant where the kids can see and touch farm anim­als. Enjoy a lazy week­end lunch where you dine with your hosts and enjoy true coun­try hospitality.

BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS tak­ing a leis­urely drive around the coun­tryside.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO go wine tast­ing, stock up my cel­lar with excel­lent local wines, then enjoy a cel­eb­rat­ory meal at Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post.

THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS the dif­fer­ence that one per­son, Pieter-Dirk Uys, has made to a com­munity by put­ting Darling on the map and giv­ing so much to sup­port devel­op­ment pro­jects in the area.
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS Aloe Cottage, of course!
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I sup­port The Darling Trust.

I ♥ Darling BECAUSE the people are friendly and wel­com­ing, the vil­lage is authen­tic and not overly touristy, and it’s an hour from Cape Town… but a world away!

Aloe Cottage

Aloe Cottage offers lux­ury self-catering hol­i­day accom­mod­a­tion in Darling, near to Cape Town, South Africa. We are pet-friendly! The hol­i­day home has been beau­ti­fully dec­or­ated with top qual­ity linen, fur­niture and art­work and enjoys pos­sibly the best views in Darling — over rolling hills and farm­lands to the dis­tant moun­tains. Aloe Cottage is the per­fect romantic get­away for couples as well as for week­ends away with friends or fam­ily holidays.

Visit Aloe Cottage
View Rates or make a Booking

Desirable Digits

Chicory Cheese — +27 (0)72 852‑6644
Brig’s Barn — +27 (0)22 492‑2451
The Marmalade Cat — +27 (0)22 492‑2515
Bistro Seven — +27 (0)22 492‑3626
Café Mosaic — +27 (0)22 492‑2307
Kraalbosdam — +27 (0)22 492‑3803
Lelieblom Farmhouse — +27 (0)82 573‑7736

Vyge Valley wine house re-opening

Vyge Valley Wine Shop

Vygevallei has new owners: – Juan Louw (snr) and Juan (jnr) from Nuweland farm and Winery took over the Vyge Valley Farm Stall in March and will re-open the Wine house on 21st of April over the Easter weekend.

 

The following eight wineries are going to participate in wine tastings at the wine shop over this period.

 

Nuweland wine cellar:

Wines at CELLAR PRICE. Nuweland are known for its dessert wines, but the white wines that were bottled last year are just as good.

There will also be tasters of Nuweland’s gourmet preserves that consist of chilli jelly, olive and lemon jam, Mediterranean chutney, etc. Nuweland Gourmet preserves has over 30products at the farmstall, all homemade by Mariëtte Louw.

Muscat ‘d Frontignan 2009 (4stars Platter) Muskadel

Muscat ‘d Alexandrie 2009 (4stars platter) Hanepoot

Straw wine 2008 (4stars platter) Hanepoot

Sauvignon Blanc 2010 ( 4 stars by Niel Pendock) Only 40 cases left at R35.

Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Semillon Blend only 50 cases left 

 

Wine from the Darling Region:

 

Groote Post:

Weisser Riesling: 2008 ( 4stars platter, Bronze Veritas)

Pinot Noir (4stars Platter, Bronze veritas, Bronze decanter)

Old man’s blend 2009 red

Old men’s blend 2010, 2011 white

 

Darling Cellar:

Premium Kroon: ( 2004 Michael Angelo silver, 2003 bronze veritas,  bronze swiss internartional awards, 4star platter)

Petit Verdot Cellarmaster signature selection NO1 petit verdot (NEW)

DC merlot ( Michael Angelo 2009 gold, silver international wine challenge, decanter bronze, best value, veritas bronze)

DC Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (bronze veritas)

DC Chenin Blanc ( bronze veritas)

Flamingo Bay Rosè

 

Cloof Winery

Very Sexy Shiraz 2008 (gold veritas)

Inkspot (4stars platter)

Darling Daisy white (silver veritas)

Darling Rosè

 

Ormonde winery

Alexanderfontein chardonnay

Alexanderfontein Shiraz

Ondine Cabernet Franc

Ondine Semillon

 

Wines from the Swartland region:

 

Org de Rac winery( Organic winery outside Piketberg)

Merlot 2006 ( 4stars platter)

Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Shiraz 2006

Rosè

 

Babylons Peak:

Shiraz Carignan 2009 ( 3 and a half stars platter)

Chenin Blanc 2010 ( 4 stars Platter)

Witty white Pettilant sparkling

 

Black Ridge

Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Chenin Blanc 2010

Shiraz 2010

 

BRING YOUR FRIENDS ALONG AND SHOW THEM WHERE REAL WINE COMES FROM!

Address: R27 (West Coast Road) opposite Jakkalsfontein
tel: 022 492 2586
cell: 078 111 7913
email: juan@nuweland.za.net

 

 

Cloof Wines Win Gold

Cloof Wines have received another accolade to add to their impressive award portfolio.

Veritas Gold Award was awarded to Cloof Wines for their Very Sexy Shiraz 2008. Congratulations!

 

 

ABOUT THE VERITAS AWARDS

 

“The Veritas Awards is the longest running and most prestigious wine competition in South Africa and is synonymous with excellence in wine. It is the only wine competition in South Africa for the industry by the industry and the organisers, the South African National Wine Show (SANW), represents the full spectrum of the industry.

The Veritas Awards gives recognition to wines of exceptional quality and the distinctive Veritas symbol of excellence serves as an authoritative quality guideline for wine connoisseurs. Gold and double gold awards are of significant value to the wine industry as well, as it offers a prestigious image for the wine, winery and winemaker and contributes to growth in sales.”

(Source: Wine.co.za )

 

Rocking the Daisies 2010

Article courtesy of http://www.capetownmagazine.com/out/Rocking-The-Daisies-2010–more-and-more/116_22_17563

Welcome to Darling’s environmentally friendly music and lifestyle festival, full of music, good food, good people and great times.

Thousands of fan photos on the Facebook fan page say it all : Rocking The Daisies is a weekend in Darling filled with smiling, happy people like this:

If you like conscientious camping, live music, comedy, good food, green projects, short road trips in the country and a friendly atmosphere, make a date with the Daisies.

This year, the expansion of the green fest sees a celebration of spring across the country, with Rocking The Daisies and Rocking The Gardens (Johannesburg ) taking place on the same weekend.

While sensible souls bring brollies and blankets, we’re generally blessed with brilliant weather over the festival weekend. That hasn’t stopped Gumboots from becoming a festival trademark. Other uniform items are bikinis, parasols, plakkies, parkas, gloves and really big grins. The entertainment line up gives good reason.

Reasons to smile 1: the big, beautiful stage and its wild, wonderful music

Once again, we’ve got visitors from afar.  On Friday New Young Pony Club(UK) will save the night with their sing-along post-punk, New Wave and dance.

Saturday night rocks.  The Springbok Nude Girls will boot up and break hearts. The rock veterans will tear up the stage that also sees  rock n roll stalwarts Taxi Violence, our lady EJ von Lyrik and the ante-encore, monki-punksters, Boo!

Gentler souls will enjoy lounging around to the tune of Holiday Murray first thing on Sunday morning, whose upbeat harmonics make for a cheerful opening to a peaceful party day.

Reasons to smile 2: DJ tent – Red Bull Studio Live

Smaller than the fabulous main stage, this is the tent that rocked the rockers with a swoon of DJs playing everything from light electro to deep jungle. It was tight, it was dusty, and trust me, it was happening.

Reasons to smile 3: The comedy tent is a laugh

The Lemon Tree Theatre will have you in stitches this year. Melt  – amongst  others  – was hilarious in 2009 with cross cultural quips, and this year promises to be your shelter from the norm. If you want to make your debut as the butt of a professional joke, wear weird clothes.

Reasons to smile 4: Cuervo Nu World Beat Barn

Mixes live and recorded with a taste for traditional beats and acoustic elements. Guy Buttery’s fine fingering and Babu’s light, lovable Indian classical fusion will feature, as well as banging dance beats from Mr. Balkanology, Maoriginal later on in the evening.

And that’s just the beginning. Expect stalls, open stretches of countryside, dipping in the dam and dancing all the away. You can see why they made it a three DAY affair that looks a little like this:

(watch out for the funny face at 0:55)

More from the organisers

We chatted to Brian Little, director of Complete Events, about some of the finer details.

CTM: RTD is really coming of age as an all-round entertainment experience  with its beautiful, huge stage, last year’s comedy tent (a big hit in 2009), and the DJ tent that never slept. Is Rocking The Daisies adding any other extras or new initiatives to the experience?

Brian: Once again we will be looking to up our game on every level. This year we have put a lot of effort into the Red Bull Studio Live electronic marquee to create an experience that will be remembered long after the festival is over! We will also be adding a fourth stage this year known as the Jose Cuervo Nu World Beat Barn, this area will focus on foot-stomping beats inspired by traditional music from all around the world. Think Balkan, African, South American, Swing etc

CTM: We’re very interested in the extra efforts your exhibitors make each year. Last’s Seattle experience was quite something. Is there anything new to look forward to from stall holders, or standard favourites that the lifestyle fest would like to highlight?

Brian: When our partners come on board it’s really awesome to see them invest in the Daisies ethos and get creative with their respective areas. This year Nokia have come on board to create an exciting interactive lounge area and Levi’s® are back again with a really cool initiative in our ladies-only Daisy Den. Ray Ban have also come on board this year and will be creating a chill area where people can come relax and experience Rocking the Daisies in a completely new way.

CTM: Can we expect RTD branded gumboots, umbrellas, hats or shades any time soon?

Brian: Ha ha, unfortunately no gumboots, hats or shades this year but if you buy your festival ticket online and register with OVI Music (www.nokia.music.co.za) you will receive a free official festival tee shirt!

Visit www.rockingthedaisies.com

Dates
8, 9, 10 October 2010

Venue
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Tickets
Full Weekend – outlets R440 , online R465
Saturday/ Sunday – outlets R370, online R395
Sunday – online/gate  R150
Cycle to Daisies – online R235
Campervan (excl. festival ticket) – online R100

Rare Bulbs Found at Cloof

Aliens Give Way to Endangered Indigenous Species

Over the past few weeks many of the top botanists of the Fynbos region have set their sights on Cloof’s Burgherspost Nature Reserve. This was not only because of the spectacular show of daisies and rare bulbs that we usually have, but also the new populations of critically endangered species recently discovered in the reserve. A species is classified as critically endangered when strong evidence points towards the species declining to such a degree that the likelihood of it going extinct in the wild is very high.

The bulbs pictured below owe their re-discovery and subsequent proliferation entirely to our alien-clearing programme. If the Port Jacksons had remained, it’s likely that these species would have been lost to the Cape Floral Kingdom forever.
Babiana leipoldtii ‘Leipoldt se bobbejaantjie’ is known in only seven locations around Darling and nowhere else in the world. All seven sites have highly fragmented, tiny populations are under threat from encroachment by alien trees (Port Jacksons) and grasses (Cynodon dactylon ‘kweek‘). These little specialist bulbs grow in seasonally wet marshlands in low densities and flower for a brief period from early to mid-August. Last year only three individuals were counted on the reserve, but the early warm weather and intensive alien clearing program saw nearly 150 bulbs flowering in a tiny 2 ha area.
Babiana pygmaea ‘geelbobbejaantjie’ is even more rare than B. leipoldtii, previously known in only two locations, and on the brink of extinction. The locations are kept secret from the public, fearing illegal collecting of the very few remaining individuals by specialist collectors. Three individual plants where discovered in an area recently cleared of Port Jacksons and upon further investigation another site with at least 50 adult plants was discovered only a few metres away.
To come and see these amazing flowers for yourself (depending upon when you visit, there may be others), book a wildflower game drive at Cloof or e-mail your details and dates to nature@cloof.co.za. The drive lasts for about 2 hours and costs R150 per person (minimum two people and no drives on Sundays).

Wine tasting dinners in Darling

A fun-filled Saturday night hosted by the Darling wine producers throughout the month of May.
The evening commences with a tasting of wines from the individual cellars and
is followed by a 3 course gourmet dinner with matching wines selected by the winemaker.

WHERE:
Trinity Lodge, 19 Long St Darling.

WHEN:

1 May – Tukulu
8 May – Ormonde
15 May – Groote Post
22 May – Darling Cellars
29 May – Cloof

COST:

R175 all inclusive per person
Contact – Shaun Mc Laughlin – 083 325 4148 or stay@trinitylodge.co.za