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

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What’s Happening in Darling – April 2011

Reflections of Groote Post at Hilda’s Kitchen

Groote Post, the historic wine farm on the West Coast, presents a wine experience with a difference. Groups, of between 10 and 20, are entertained in the Private Room of the Manor House to a wine tasting in which the farm owners give a brief presentation on the history of the farm dating back to 1706. The talk includes anecdotal references to Hildagonda Duckitt, doyenne of South Africa’s cook book writers, whose “Diary of a Cape Housekeeper” is an account of her growing up as the hostess of the Groote Post farm in the 1860s. Guests enjoy 4 white cultivars and a starter followed by a tasting of 4 red wines and a main course followed by a dessert.

Bookings are essential and can be booked through the cellar on 022 492 3430 or e-mail: mclaughlin@worldonline.co.za.

Kraalbosdam Steak Evenings

The winter season will start on Friday 1 April 2011.

During the season we will only be open every 1st Friday of the month for Boontjiesop, Steak & Chips.

Please Book! Anet – 083 632 2196 Cornel – 082 544 2210

 

Brig’s Barn

Please note that Brig’s Barn will now be open every Tuesday evening for “Pasta and Pud” from 6.30. Bookings are essential – please contact Margy on 022 492 2451 or 082 640 3405. Also open every Friday for “Sundowners in the Garden” from 4.00p.m. (We will then be open every Friday evening for drinks etc.)

 

Saturday 2 April 2011

Starry Night

Sip wine and watch the sunset on a West Coast Farm as a prelude to dinner and a fascinating talk on the Southern African night skies.    Then climb aboard the pillow and blanket-laden star cruiser (tractor and trailer) for a guided star viewing tour. Dessert follows under the night skies.

For more details contact Mary on 0826845575 or click onto https://darling.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/darling-starry-starry-night-2-april-2011/

 

Monday 04 April

Darling Museum Annual General Meeting

17h00 at the Museum (022 492 3361)

Please come along to support our darling Museum.  New members are always welcome and we hope to see many of you joining up as Friends of the Darling Museum.

 

Good Friday 22 April

Darling Passion Play

Venue: The Vlei, Darling

Time: 16:30 for 17:00

This annual event takes place on Good Friday in the vlei opposite Evita se Perron which provides a perfect setting for the portrayal of this biblical event. This is always a moving and very special event involving actors from our Darling community – well worth attending.

Bring your own chair and something warm to wear.

Admission is free (although donations are always appreciated)

Contact Sary Vlotman 074 369 8212 for more information.

Die jaarlikse Darling-Passiespele vind plaas op Goeie Vrydag  April.

Kom en beleef hierdie tradisie met ons. Die passiespel word sedert 1996 opgevoer met plaaslike akteurs – en het gegroei tot een van Darling se treffendste geestes-ervarings.


Easter Weekend Services in Darling – Presbyterian Church

Thursday 21 April

Tenebrae service of darkness at 7-00pm- a moving service celebrating the institution of the Last Supper and Christ’s betrayal and crucifixion

Friday 22 April

Good Friday service at 9-00am

Sunday 24 April

Sunrise service at 6-30am at the Towers Gates. Bring own chairs and coffee and hot cross buns.

Easter Service with Holy Communion at 9-00am

There will also be a service at The Dutch Reformed Church


Sat 29th January 2011

The Darling Country Market

This community market trades in the Nitrophoska Building (entrance in Station Rd ) and takes place on the last Saturday of each month.  The market opens promptly at 9h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us? Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for more information or to book a stall

 

What’s on at Evita se Perron during April:

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

– To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit www.evita.co.za or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za

Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

What’s happening in Darling: November 2010

What’s Happening in Darling?

Hello Darling

Throughout November:
THE WONDERFUL WINES OF DARLING

A fun-filled Saturday night hosted by the Darling wine producers throughout the month of November.
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:
Every Sat Evening during November
Contact – Shaun Mc Laughlin – 083 325 4148 or stay@trinitylodge.co.za

Kraalbosdam Venue/Restaurant is open for
Friday Evenings Steak & Chips
Alternatively Chicken Schnitzel/Fish or Vegetarian Stir-fry are also served.
Bookings essential: 022 492 3803 / 022 492 2345 / 083 632 2196

FRIDAY 5 NOVEMBER @ 19h00
“CRACKS AND THE VILLAGE” @ EVITA SE PERRON
WITH THE ALL FEMALE COMEDY LINE-UP: veteran actress Anthea Thompson, the uproarious Shimmy Isaacs, the irresistible Anne Hirsch and the hilarious veteran columnist Marianne Thamm will do Darling for one night only.

This is before the successful quartet begins their three-week run of their show Cracks And The City at On Broadway in Cape Town.
Cracks And The City caused a minor comedy sensation when it first ran for only a week at the Baxter’s Flipside venue in July. The show was hosted by honorary Crack, Marc Lottering, and word of mouth soon saw almost full houses. If you missed it then make sure you catch this
unique line-up of some of the city’s funniest women.
Tickets R75 per person – Book with Beryl on 022 492 3930 or bookings@evita.co.za

What’s on at Evita se Perron during November?
The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00.
– To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit www.evita.co.za or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za
Saturday 06 November
The last 2010 Open House at Duckitt Nursery – 9h00 until 12h00.
These Open Days take place every first Saturday of the month May – November.
Entrance: Free / Complimentary tea and coffee / Pancakes for sale
Variety of orchid pot plants, spikes and accessories for sale
Debit and credit card facilities available / One of the greenhouses will be open for exhibition.
Contact: 022 492 2606 or e-mail: info@duckittnurseries.com

Saturday 6th November
SEA FOOD EVENING @ Vyge Valley at 19H00
MENU
Smoked Snoek Pate
Sea Food Chowder
Mini Pavlova and Fresh Berries
We are licensed
R80.00 per head – Bookings essential Contact JUNE 022 492 2586 OR 083 336 830

Sunday 7 November 2010
Danie Niehaus @ Lelieblom Farm
12h30 for 13h00
Danie will be singing a repertoire of light classical as well as some of his best Afrikaans songs, also music of “Drie van die Bestes” and a few golden oldies!
Join us for a magnificent show and lunch R150 p/p (includes show and lunch)
Advance booking essential – Contact Karen 082 573 7736 or visitwww.lelieblom.co.za

18th November
Trivial Pursuit at Bistro 7 with Quizmaster “par excellence”, Peter Killick.
Every third Thursday – Enter your table of four.
Selection of soups and first glass of wine included in the price of R55 per head, R5.00 of which goes to the SPCA. Bookings on 022 492 3626

Saturday 27 November
The Darling Country Market
This community market has its home at the Nitrophoska Building in the Main Road of Darling. The market opens promptly at 10h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us? Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for information or to book a stall

Saturday 27 November 2010
The Annual Give a Dog a Christmas Party at Brig’s Barn
19h00
R130 per person For bookings CONTACT MARGY AT 022 492 2451/082 6403 405
A carvery will be served and the committee is working on making it a fun filled evening for everyone to enjoy in the real Darling style.
PS: Start your Christmas shopping early this year, avoid that last minute rush and if there is a little left over, some food, fleecy blankets, hot water bottles will always be appreciated by our four footed orphans. Our Christmas tree at the party would look really good if it disappeared beneath a deluge of presents!
AND
We will be announcing the winner of our PET PIC OF THE YEAR On the night!
Book early! Don’t miss this pawsome event

Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

Soccer in Darling

While Darling might have elected to become a “soccer free” zone, we certainly do not need to be a “visitor-free” zone – where better to chill out away from hectic city crowds.

For those who do not have tickets and therefore have no need to be in the city rush; you could not find a better place to watch the soccer.

Cafè Mosaic
This rendezvous in the Main Road will be open from early til late every day from 11 June until 11 July for Soccer ‘jolyt’.
Matches will be screened in the non-smoking as well as the new dedicated smokers section.
Telephone 022 492 2307

!Khwa ttu
!Khwa ttu will be showing the soccer tomorrow and every day for the rest of the world cup.
Come experience our creative world cup soccer excitement.
Telephone 022 492 2998

Bistro 7
Will be showing the soccer in the Pub tomorrow and most days during the soccer World Cup
Opening hours Mon, Wed to Sat 5pm – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 11pm
Closed all day Tuesdays
Telephone 022 492 3626

Kraalbosdam
Kraalbosdam will be showing the soccer games tomorrow.
The TV will be on from the start +- 2pm
The kitchen will open at 7pm
Telephone 022 492 2345