Darling Wildflower Show: 14 – 16 Sept 2018

Spring time on the West Coast brings an array of wonderful wildflowers. It also means it’s time for the annual Darling Wildflower Show from 14 – 16 September 2018 at the Darling Golf Club. The indoor exhibition of indigenous flowers is fascinating and will spark an interest to get into the nature reserves to discover these many specimens in their natural environment. The show also has activities for the whole family and is not to be missed.


Voorkamerfest 2018: 31 Aug – 2 Sept

voorkamerfest2018.jpgVoorkamerfest is BACK with a passion and renewed energy to enchant and delight the lucky ones who manage to get a ticket.

Voorkamerfest is usually sold-out every year, so prepare yourself for the weekend-comeback of your life: Friday 31 August, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September.

For those of you who have never experienced this truly South African cultural experience – this is what you are in for!

Festival-goers arrive at Evita se Perron 8 Arcadia Street in Darling, collect their colour coded tickets for various routes of different colours. They then queue for a taxi ride to their first venue where the first 25 minute performance starts, after which the taxi will take them to the second 25 minute adventure and then a third 25 minute surprise experience, returning thereafter, via the local taxi to Evita se Perron to enjoy the market vibes and connect with friends who have been on different routes, sharing their unique experience all over again! So within 100 minutes, three worlds of magic will be celebrated and new friends will be made. Owners of the homes are the theatre managers for those three days in September. After the years of experience, the people of Darling know how special each one of them has become to the success of this project!

Voorkamerfest was founded in 2004 by Inge Bos and Wim Visser, with help of Pieter-Dirk Uys and the inhabitants of Darling.

Founding sponsor is Stichting Doen (NL)

Groote Post Christmas Market


Don’t miss the fun; bring the kids to take a photo with Father Christmas on 18 December at 11 am.
Live entertainment, Gerry Liberty, Glynn Lewis, Marius Swanepoel, Mari-Leigh Painter

Kids entertainment, Gourmet Food stalls, Craft and Decor stalls, Groote Post Vineyards Wine and Darling Brew Beer.

Time: 10.00 – 15.00
Groote Post Winery R27 Darling Hills Road Darling
T: 022 492 2825


Darling Brew – upcoming events calendar


Gear Up For a Bumper Year


Keep a look out for Darling Brew’s jam-packed events line-up for 2017. If the recent Darling Summer Beer Festival and the Darling Brew Christmas Market is anything to go by, it should be stellar.

Darling Brew Valentine’s Weekend
Date: Saturday 11 February 2017; Sunday 12 February 2017 (10:00 – 15:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Book your Picnic with live Music for Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February Lunch with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Darling Brew Valentine’s Travel Tuesday
Date: Tuesday 14 February; (Valentines Day) (12:00 – 13:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
A special Travel Tuesday Valentine’s lunch paired with our Pomegranate Lager Valentines Beer and get a brewery tour. Book with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

The Annual Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt
Date: Saturday 15 April; (10:00 – 16:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
A family day with an Easter Egg Hunt for children. Book with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Worker’s Day – Bread & Butter
Date: Monday 1 May 2017; (10:00 – 16:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Book your cuisine day with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Mother’s Day Lunch
Date: Sunday 14 May 2017; (10:00 – 15:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Book a special Mother’s Day lunch with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Date: Saturday 27 May 2017; full day event
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Mountain Bike Event bookings are now open – book with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Youth Day – Back To Our Roots
Date: Friday 16 June 2017; (10:00 – 16:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Book your African cuisine day with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Father’s Day Lunch
Date: Sunday 18 June 2017; (10:00 – 15:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Book your Father’s Day lunch day with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Date: Saturday 1 July 2017; (10:00 – 18:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling
Book your Darling Winter Beer Festival 2017 ticket with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Date: Saturday 14 October 2017; Sunday 15 October 2017 – full 2-day event)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Book your 2-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race ticket with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Date: Saturday 2 December 2017; (10:00 – 18:00)
Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling.
Book your Darling Summer Beer Festival 2017 ticket with philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Darling Brewery
+27 (0)21 286 1099

48 Caledon St, Darling
33°22’20.4″S 18°23’25.6 “E
1hr. from Cape Town

TIMES (Booking Recommended)
Mon & Tues: 9am – 5pm
Wed to Sat: 9 am – 8pm
Sun: 9am – 4pm

Deep South perform in Darling – 7 Nov 2015

Comprised of guitarist / pianist Dave Ledbetter and percussionist Ronan Skillen, world music duo Deep South is an instrumental collaboration that incorporates in their music sounds from across the globe. Musical influences from the east, west, north and particularly the south merge to create a skillfully crafted acoustic style with colorful grooves and poignant melodies.
Deep South’s lyrical compositions are executed with a delicate precision that falls easily on the ears.
Fronted by Dave and Ronan, the duet collaborates with various artists from around the world who bring their unique flair to Deep South’s ‘trip folk’ sound.
To date they have recorded 2 albums, the latest having been recorded in Switzerland by ECM artist Björn Meyer.

Deep South

For more info visit: www.deepsouthmusic.co.za

2015 Voorkamerfest bookings open

2015 Voorkamerfest



BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE   http://voorkamerfest.cramgo.net/programmaview.aspx
or contact: Chanda: 082 321 7542 / bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

As wild flowers start budding in and around the west coast town of Darling, organisers of the Voorkamerfest are busy preparing for the town’s unique annual performing arts event to take place during the first weekend of spring… with flowers in full bloom!

The Voorkamerfest, now 12 YEARS OLD! sees 21 original performances staged in residents’ homes – whether or not they have a ‘voorkamer’ (sitting room) – being invited into residents’ homes to see a world-class show is not the only unique aspect of this festival.

The entire event is designed around the element of surprise as ticket holders do not know what shows they are going to see. Even the homeowners who volunteer their sitting rooms as a venue don’t know which artist they are to host for the weekend until a few hours before the first performance.

Rather than buying tickets to see specific shows, promoting a spirit of serendipity sees audiences buying a ticket for a performance routes.  A maximum of 26 people are accommodated on one of seven routes and are picked up by a local taxi that transports them to a series of three different shows in three different homes before returning them to Evita se Perron (restaurant/theatre) at the old Darling train station which forms the festival hub.

The small town becomes a hive of activity as local taxi owners buzz audiences from show to show on their set routes between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon as diverse acts by nationally and internationally recognised artists are performed.
Shows range from mime to cabaret and comedy to drama, national and international adds to the diverse flavour of this one-of-a-kind experience…

R5 of every ticket of R195 & R10 of every ticket of R235 sold is donated to The Darling Trust (www.thedarlingtrust.org) which works toward education and upliftment in the local community.

The festive, child-friendly atmosphere of the Voorkamerfest weekend is enhanced by outside entertainment and arts, crafts and food stalls at Evita se Perron, where each route departs and ends. The town also has a number of restaurants and coffee shops all supporting the festival and welcoming all who are ready to soak up the good ole country hospitality!

This year Voorkamerfest takes place over the weekend 4, 5 & 6 September 2015.
Tickets are R195 per person for the Friday evening route and R235 per person for all other routes.

A free concert will be staged on Sunday 6 September at 16h00 when the participating artists come together for a final bow in Darling East, directions available when you collect your tickets on the weekend.


  • Fri 4 Sept 2015 @ 17h00 @ R195 ea
  • Sat 5 Sept 2015 @ 12h00 @ R235 ea
  • Sat 5 Sept 2015 @ 17h00 @ R235 ea
  • Sun 6 Sept 2015 @ 12h00 @ R235 ea

(Please note: R5 of every R195 ticket and R10 of every R235 ticket sold goes to The Darling Trust in Darling, www.thedarlingtrust.org – thank you for your contribution!)

  • The Darling Festival Trust
  • Standard Bank
  • Darling branch: 050111
  • Account no.: 083 273 689
  • Ref: surname, initial & VKF
  • Please eft for my attention or fax to 022 492 2851 to secure your booking.

It is essential for you to be at Evita se Perron no later than 1 hour before the show to collect your colour coded tickets at the booking office and start absorbing the weekend’s festivities! Please be sure to read all the information below to help make your weekend a relaxed and unique experience.

Thank you for your support!

Don’t forget:

  • No alcohol or smoking permitted on the taxis or in the theatre homes
  • The colour coded tickets are dated – please check your tickets when you receive them.  NB If an incorrect ticket is used on the day, the finely balanced system of dividing the audience into the taxis/routes will collapse.
  • To ensure that you don’t see the same shows twice, stick with the tickets you are allocated.


  • The Voorkamerfest food & crafts market at Evita se Perron will be even more vibrant this year. Relax & absorb the local spirit & Darling fare.
  • Chanda Barrows will also take your booking & payment for the popular Perron Festival Party on Saturday 5 Sept @ 21h00 – tickets @ R85pp & sell out fast every year – cash bar available – (no meal included but please support all the many food stalls at the Market)
  • Sunday 6 September 16h00: All the artists who have performed over the weekend, graciously do 5 minutes of their show free at an open air performance  in Darling East – this ends up being a vibrant event with the artists … jamming and sharing.  A great way to end an exciting weekend – open to everyone!

Did you know you can ‘jump the queue’ and book 2 weeks ahead of regular bookings opening?

As a Voorkamerfest Ambassador a minimum donation of R200 a year will help to assure that this unique festival remains a definite date on the annual calendar. In return, you will be able to book your Voorkamerfest tickets 2 weeks prior to the official opening of bookings. Get in early because once bookings open, tickets sell out in a flash!

Make sure you are in line for this priority booking and subscribe today to become a valued Ambassador for 2016.

Please email  tasha@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za with your request and proof of payment for Ambassadorship…


  • The Darling Festival Trust
  • Standard Bank
  • Darling branch: 050111
  • Account no.: 083 273 689
  • Ref: surname, initial & AMB
  • Please eft for my attention or fax to 022 492 2851.

See you there
Festival greetings!