Winter specials in Darling!

Darling, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town… but a million miles away, offers great value getaways for the 2012 winter season.

The current economic climate has led to the need for tourists world-wide to trim spend wherever possible and Darling’s tourism community has come together to ensure that value is the order of the day when travelers visit this peaceful, safe and charming West Coast village.

Complimentary wine tasting (something not many wine cellars offer nowadays), country walks in flower reserves, close proximity to the 16 Mile Beach, galleries and the best small town museum in the country at a measly R10 entrance fee are just some of the free or inexpensive activities that beckon.

The time to recharge in a time-strapped world means looking for destinations that are close-by but significantly removed from city life.

With guesthouses and restaurants charging very reasonable prices compared to the more established tourism destinations and very affordable wines to be purchased from all of the local cellars, the visitor is assured that not only will they receive great value but they will leave feeling rested and restored.

Come see why it’s called “Darling”!

Weekend Package at TRINITY LODGE 
Includes 2 nights B&B at a 4 star guesthouse. A dinner in Darling. A ticket to a Pieter-Dirk Uys show at Evita se Perron. An olive and olive oil tasting at Darling Olives. A wine tasting and lunch at the historic Groote Post farm (selected as a Top 10 Alfresco Restaurant by Eat Out Guide)
R 1 500 all inclusive per person – group rates apply
50% deposit required. Subject to availability
Contact Shaun McLaughlin 083 325 4148 stay@trinitylodge.co.za

Accommodation special at THE OLD PASTORIE (Bed only)  
SPECIAL OFFER throughout the winter months – Offer ends 31st July.
R550 per room first night then 50% discount on all following nights –   ie 1st Night R550     2nd AND subsequent nights R275.
Bookings  022 492 3715/ 072 083 9990

GROOTE POST VINEYARDS
Spoil the special Man in your life this June with a free Magnum The Old Man’s Blend Red 2011 by buying 12 bottles of The Old Man’s Blend White 2012 or 12 bottles of The Old Man’s Blend Red 2011 or a mix of both
Tel: 022-492 2825 Fax: 086 527 9991 www.grootepost.com

Accommodation Special at 43 ON MAIN (S/C)
Special offer for months of June/July
R175 pppn sharing (2 persons R350 – double room)
R250 pppn (1 person – double room)
Additional persons on sleeper couches in living room area:
R75 pppn (if double room is occupied by 2 persons)
R100 pppn (if double room is occupied by 1 person)
Bookings: 022 492 2754 /082 882 4954 or 082 573 2135

Accommodation Special at MAISON DE L’AMOUR B&B
Maision de L’amour offers the following promos :
Book any two nights during the month of June, July, and August and receive a third FREE. R800 per room per night (2 people sharing plus a full English breakfast) third night FREE
Special: R650 per room per night (2 people sharing) breakfast included Plus a bottle of rose wine on arrival.
Pay full price for your first night R800 incl breakfast and get the second night 50% off (R400)
Bookings 072 822 5518 | 022 492 3995 | 022 492 3139 www.maisondelamour.net

Accommodation Special at OLIVE & LIME COTTAGES (S/C Farm)
Winter Special: 01 July until 30 August 2012
Self catering accommodation, sleeping 4 people (2 adults & 2 children) @ R300 per unit
Bookings 082 4681 250 079 889 6898

Accommodation at TUINHUIS COTTAGE (S/C)
Tuinhuis Cottage will offer accommodation from now until end July of R275, 00 pp per night – minimum stay of 2 nights weekdays and weekends.   Tea/coffee and biscuits will always be available on arrival www.tuinhuissouthafrica.com
Bookings 022 492 2535 083 655 4237 iw@worldonline.co.za

Accommodation special at ALOE COTTAGE (S/C in village)
Aloe Cottage guests during June, July and August will receive a special complimentary bottle of Darling wine, which can be enjoyed in front of the cosy fireplace (wood is also complimentary!). Special rates of just R850 per night Sunday – Thursday and R1,200 per night Friday and Saturday. Sleeps up to 6 people in 3 en-suite bedrooms. Also ideal for a romantic getaway for 2. The cottage is fully equipped to a high standard and is pet-friendly. Visit www.aloedarling.co.za for photos and more info. Contactpaul@aloedarling.co.za or 083 400 1666 to book your getaway!

Accommodation at THE GRANARY (B&B)
Stay for 2 nights and pay for  < 1 ½ nights:
2 nights in a suite    bed and breakfast (2 guests)      R 1000.00
2 nights in a TWIN   bed and breakfast (2 guests)      R 850.00
Any 2 consecutive days, subject to availability .
Bookings Tel : 022 492 3155 Cell : 083 533 0090 Email : stay@thegranary.co.za

Darling Museum Winter Special
Free entrance for all school-going children (accompanied by an adult) during June/July Entrance fee: Adults R10/Pensioners R8-00
Open Daily: Mon – Thurs 9h00 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 16h00
Friday 9h00 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 15h30
Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays 10h00-15h00
Closed Easter, Christmas & New Year
TEL: (022) 492-3361

BUFFELSFONTEIN GAME & NATURE RESERVE 
Winter Conference Special available from 01 June 2012 till 31 August 2012 for groups of any size.

OPTION 1: DAY CONFERENCE SPECIAL R220 per Delegate
This package will include the following:
Morning Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Conference Venue Fee
Lunch
Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Optional Activity: 2-3 Hour Guided Game Drive @R200 per delegate for groups of 4 – 15
2-3 Hour Guided Game Drive @R150 per delegate for groups of 16 – 60 delegates

OPTION 2: CONFERENCE & ACCOMMODATION @ R700 per Delegate Sharing
This package will include the following:
Morning Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Conference Venue Fee
Lunch
Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation
Breakfast
Optional Activity: 2-3 Hour Guided Game Drive @R200 per delegate for groups of 4 – 15
2 -3 Hour Guided Game Drive will be COMPLEMENTARY for groups of 21-60 delegates
This offer allows you up to 25% saving on your conference

Should you have any further enquiries and or wish to make a reservation; do not hesitate to contact our reservations. Terms & Conditions Apply
CONTACT DETAILS: Tel: (022) 451 2824 Email: buffontein@xsinet.co.za www.buffelsfontein.co.za

 

For more information visit www.darlingtourism.co.za

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Introducing the Darling Stagger

Are you a hardcore mountain lover, a twitcher, or botanist, do you want to take your family on an easy walk to appreciate nature? Do you see yourself as a  modern-day strandloper?

The Darling Stagger (launching September 2011) :- A slow-paced, mouth-watering hiking trail from the hills of Darling through wine and olive farms to !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre and down to Yzerfontein on the coast.

It’s great to see South Africans finally picking up on what the Italians have known for centuries; that this is the way life is meant to be lived – slowly and simply, with good food and wine and good company, in a natural, outdoor setting. This is a trail for those who know how to experience the good things in life.

This 2.5 day, 25km trail begins in Darling. Tucked away between hills of vineyards and golden wheat fields, the trail winds through olive groves and wine farms up to the highest point in Darling where you will take your time sampling local fruits of the vine direct from the farmer.

The trail then meanders through renosterveld and fynbos full of flowers, game and birds, en route to !Khwa ttu where you spend the first night at the unique San Cultural Centre. After a leisurely breakfast, we continue downhill through the strandveld to Tygerfontein Farm along the coast to Yzerfontein, sampling local seafood along the way.

These new 2.5 day slackpacking trails, without the schlep, are guided and catered, comfortable and safe.  Hikers carry a small daypack, lifts and luggage are organised and local folk and restaurants prepare meals in traditional West Coast style.

For more information, full itineraries and prices and to book please call or email.

 

The Darling Stagger Slack Packing Trail

Review by Louise de Waal

Courtesy of http://baobabtravel.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/the-darling-stagger-slack-packing-trail/ 

 

Earlier this month (July 2011) the Cape West Coast Trails were launched within the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR). The CWCBR, with the West Coast National Park at its centre, is one of the 6 UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserves in South Africa.

Paul and I were invited to explore the brand new Darling Stagger, a cycling and walking slack packing trail between Yzerfontein and Darling. The Darling Stagger is one of the five trails planned within the CWCBR. The other four include the Eve’s Trail (a walk mostly along the West Coast National Park beach), the Five Bay Trail (a coast hugging walk between Paternoster and Jacobsbaai), Wheels of Time (a cycling tour from Mamre via West Coast National Park to !Khwa Ttu), and the Berg River Canooze (a kayak trail from Hopefield to Velddrift).

Why a Biosphere Reserve?

With Cape Town rapidly expanding north, West Coast communities recognised that action was required to ensure that conflict between urban expansion and the diverse ecosystems on the West Coast would not get out of hand and appropriate development plans were put into place. Hence the CWCBR was proclaimed in 2000.

The idea behind the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme is a sustainable and balanced approach between human development and nature conservation. Part of the sustainable development of the CWCBR is enhancing its tourism potential and the Cape West Coast Trails are part of this philosophy.

The Darling Stagger Stage 1

At lunch time we left Cape Town on an unseasonally warm & sunny day. The meeting point just outside Darling at Alexanderfontein Farm was also the first activity of the weekend. Olive tasting at the home of Darling Olives is an all-round olive education on growing, pressing, and use of these originally Mediterranean fruits. As a non-olive eater, I was fascinated and partly converted. A total surprise to see how many uses olives can have. From your simple virgin olive oil and cured olives to olive pastes and olive cooking & bath salts. Maybe I am pretty ignorant when it comes to these little fruits, but the biggest revelation was to learn that black olives are just ripe green ones. Always believed these were different types….

After this olive experience we set off to !Khwa ttu, San Education and Culture Centre and home for the night. We worked up a bit of an appetite with a cycle from the Bush Village Camp to the Atlantic Ocean for a traditional African sundowner. Staying in locavore style, we had a Darling Brew, a slow beer inspired by the rare geometric tortoise. Although a reasonably light beer, the return cycle was far more challenging than the first leg. Or maybe it was more due to the fact that we ended up cycling in the pitch dark, under the most magnificent night sky? The Scorpio constellation was a gentle reminder that it really still is winter in South Africa.

Returning to camp, a typical West Coast dinner was awaiting us, mussel soup, grilled snoek, and several traditional deserts prepared by Natasha and Cariline from Langebaan. All flushed down with the lightly wooded Quercus Gold Chardonnay from the Darling Cellars.

Was this setting the standard for the rest of this slack packing weekend? Can it get even better?

The Real Darling Stagger

Waking up after a chilly but comfortable night, I bumped into yet more great cooks. Natasha & Kyle from Chefs on the Move in Scarborough, although not quite Darling local, were here to show our guides, Morgan and Jacky, what can be achieved with some TLC and fresh ingredients. For a change I was not the odd one out, the lonesome vegetarian, the one declining a full cooked breakfast. This time breakfast consisted of Mobi’s organic granola with fruit & yoghurt, a vegetarian spicy Lebanese take on a cooked breakfast and good quality coffee. Basically I was in heaven.

Coming down to earth with a bang, I realised why this weekend was called the Darling Stagger. After all this fabulous food, walking is no longer an option. So we just staggered to !Khwa ttu, where Ivan gave us an introduction to San medicinal knowledge of the Fynbos vegetation. Fynbos is not only the most diverse vegetation types known on earth, it is also rich in medicinal purposes.

From !Khwa ttu we walked through the fields, vineyards, and olive groves of Ormonde and Alexanderfontein with stunning views of Table Mountain, Dassen Island, and the Atlantic Ocean behind us. The terrain varies from sandy & grid tracks to some tarmac roads or just through the fields. The trail is not hard, you only carry your day pack and the distance is limited to about 15 km. I had no problems at all, so basically anybody in reasonable shape can do it.

After about three quarters of the hike, we arrived at an idyllic setting in the olive groves, where a Bedouin type tent was erected, straw bales set out to give the old legs a good rest and a delicious light lunch of salads ready to be devoured. Natasha, Kyle and Morgan had done an sterling job!

The last stage of the stagger was fortunately mostly downhill, a good thing as drinking wine at lunchtime and climbing hills is not a good combination. Little did we know however that more wine was on the itinerary with a full blown Ormonde wine tasting. For some strange reason, nobody seems to quite remember how many wines we tried, but I can tell you we sampled the whole Alexanderfontein, Ondine, and Ormonde ranges.

The evening programme was the cherry on the cake – Evita Bezuidenhout’s Christmas in July show and babotie at Evita se Perron in Darling. Having heard so much about Evita se Perron and Pieter-Dirk Uys’ character Evita Bezuidenhout, I can confirm that all the praise is well-deserved and more. She is not only funny, but very sharp and willing to stick her neck out by tackling political issues in a way that everybody, regardless age, gender and race, will listen to and take note off. In addition, she does amazing work raising funds for the Darling Trust. Girl you totally rock!

The Darling Stagger finale

The second night we stayed in the heart of the sleepy village of Darling in Trinity Lodge. Here you don’t need an alarm on Sunday, as the church bells, calling Darling’s community to the early morning service, wake you well on time for breakfast.

After breakfast it was time to burn some of those calories with a short cycle through the village, a visit to the fascinating Darling museum and Nicolaas Maritz’s Studio Gallery.  Nicolaas, a well-established local artist, decided it was time to have a proper Studio Gallery, so people can have a look ‘behind the work’ and understand it better. He created the most incredible house full to the rafters with art, mostly his own but also some of his fellow South African artists. You roam from one room into the next, into his waterwise garden and his studio, and lose yourself in his intriguing work described by art critics as zippy, post-modern ethno-centric punk, naive, and challenging. No idea what that means, but I love his work.

The finale to the Darling Stagger is wine tasting and lunch at the historic Groote Post wine farm. I have always liked their wines, but the Groote Post Chenin Blanc 2011 is exceptionally good and great value for money. The mini ‘Ice Age’ last spring led to a very late harvest of this cultivar and the beautiful guava and green-apple flavours.

Overall the Darling Stagger slack packing trail was a great success with fabulous food, wine tasting to make anybody’s mouth water, mixed with a good amount of calorie burning of walking and cycling, and great company. Thank you guys for hosting us!

tel: 086 187 2457 (TRAILS)
Cape West Coast Biosphere Central Office: 022 451 2648
Cape West Coast Biosphere Hub R27: 022 492 2750
083 261 7960 (Ivan)
083 628 3426 (Sheryl)
email: trails@capebiosphere.co.za
web: www.capebiosphere.co.za/trails
notes: Special offer! Ask about reduced prices on initial exploratory trails.

Dining in Darling – The spring flowers may bring visitors to Darling, but it’s the food that will make them stay

Stopping to smell the flowers: The spring flowers may bring visitors to Darling, but it's the food that will make them stay.

Dining in Darling

By: KATHARINE JACOBS: EAT OUT Aug 24 2011 10:01

The weather forecast looks a little ominous as I pack my bags for Darling. Rough seas, high winds and heavy rainfall are on their way, and one blog promises winds just short of a hurricane. “Should I bring my slippers, or my huge granny jersey?” my friend, Kerry, who’s coming along, asks. “Both,” I tell her, surveying my own collection of granny jerseys.

72 kilometres up the West Coast from Cape Town, Darling is perhaps best known for its spring flowers. Thousands flock there in September for flower season, when the farmland around this tiny village becomes a carpet of yellow daisies, arum lilies, and shiny fuchsia mesems. The season is about to kick off on September 2 with the Darling Voorkamerfest, when musicians, dancers and actors take over 21 local homes, and local taxis ferry viewers between performances.

It’s already dark when we arrive in Darling, and, after dropping off our bags at the eminently quirky Koekemakranka Backpackers (mosaics in the bathroom; bathtub in the garden), we take refuge in cosy pizzeria, Tesoretto. Opened just three months ago, this main street establishment proudly proclaims itself the smallest restaurant in Darling. Sure enough, its pizza oven takes up roughly one quarter of the restaurant. We squeeze in behind the door, alongside the happily snoozing and somewhat tubby cat, Tess, and order a fabulously cheesy mushroom bake to start (R22.50).

The restaurant has no liquor license, but a quick trip across the road to the Darling Hotel Drankwinkel for a bottle of Darling Cellars Pinotage averts disaster, and we tuck into rich macaroni cheese, served with tasty pizza bread (R35.50) and wood-fired pizza, (the Sombrero) with Mexican mince and avo (R60). It’s not haute cuisine, but it certainly hits the spot on this chilly night.

The spring is sprung
The next morning, we’re woken by a cock crowing, and not gale-force wind and pouring rain, but something even more surprising: sunshine. The sky is perfectly blue, and the flowers are just beginning to open in the lush fields along the road.

Happily shedding woolly jerseys, we head to The Marmalade Cat in search of breakfast. The eponymous Marmalade is not in attendance, but there is a giant statue of her outside, and several knitted, sculpted and painted versions inside the attractive restaurant. The pancakes with scrambled egg, smoked salmon and cream cheese (R40) are perfect.

Artisan cheese-maker Carla Bryan also sells her Udderly Delicious range of cheeses here. In a real community industry, Carla makes her cheeses in her own home, relying on her neighbour to pick up sixty litres of milk from the farmers each evening, and passing on the whey leftovers to the locals who feed it to their pigs. “I can only make three cheeses a day, so I can’t really supply the big centres. I tell people, ‘Come to Darling!'” Carla explains, as I nibble some of her wares.

Nominated for an Eat In Award by blogger Dax Villaneuva, they’re worth the trip. Her caciotta is creamy and smooth when only matured for a couple of weeks, and becomes nutty and rich after six weeks or more. There’s also delicious salami on offer, made by local Jeep mechanic and Carla’s boyfriend, Russell Kent.

While we’re here, we also manage to meet up with Phillippa Wood of Darling Brew. Along with husband Kevin, she’s currently producing three artisan beers — a normal lager, a native ale, and a wheat beer brewed with coriander and citrus.

The couple began their adventure after Kevin quit his job and they decided to travel Africa for 10 months and come up with a new business plan.

After travelling for just three days, they met artisan brewer Andre Cilliers in Nieu Bethesda, and bought his recipes. Phillippa asked her husband, “Isn’t it a little early to have found our idea?” Evidently, it wasn’t: they are currently working hard to set up a tasting room on Darling’s main road, which will showcase their beers alongside tasting platters of local cheeses and other snack plates.

Visiting Tannie
When we finally emerge from the Marmalade Cat — straight into a full marching band — we make a bee-line for Evita se Perron. Home to Pieter Dirk Uys’s hilarious shows, the restaurant is better known for its entertainment than its food, but locals rave about the bobotie, melkterts and koeksusters baked by local tannies, rumoured to be worth the calories.

The show is booked out for the day, so we head to Bistro Seven to pick up some lunch. Run by Kit and René Haslam, this pleasant restaurant and sports bar has been running for nine years, but also recently opened up a coffee bar. Somehow we are distracted by a towering red velvet cake, and a chocolate tart that looks like it’s composed of solid chocolate. Since the weather is so beautiful, we order slices for the road.

As we leave Darling, we stop off at the Tienie Versveld reserve, and sit in the sun amongst the flowers to eat the spectacular red velvet cake.

“We should have bought spoons,” says Kerry, pointing to the gooey and delicious chocolate tart. “Yes,” I say. “And fewer jerseys.”

Where to eat in Darling 

For breakfast and lunch:

Evita se Perron: Book ahead, catch a show. And order the bobotie.

For breakfast, lunch and dinner:


Trinity Lodge
: Booking is essential at this guesthouse. Minimum ten people.

Marmalade Cat:
 Open for breakfast and lunch, they also fire up the pizza oven on Friday nights.

For lunch and dinner: 

Bistro Seven: Fabulous meat and a good option for dinner, or lunch, sitting outside under the umbrellas.

Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post
: Easy-going country fare at this wine estate restaurant.

Lelieblom: Book ahead and enjoy a real country meal made in the farm kitchen.

For dinner:

Tesoretto: Darling’s smallest restaurant, this is a good option for an affordable dinner.


Go to www.eatout.co.za for more restaurant listings and reviews.


What’s Happening in Darling in December 2010

Darling Weekend Packages

Includes: 2 nights B&B at a four star guesthouse/A dinner in Darling /A ticket to a Pieter-Dirk Uys show at Evita se Perron/A wine tasting and lunch at Groote Post

R1 500 per person /50% non-refundable deposit required / Special group rates /Subject to availability

Contact Shaun McLaughlin 083 325 4148 or stay@trinitylodge.co.za

 

Book your special end-of-the-year function at Lelieblom Farm in Darling – – a jolly good end-of-the-year function with a difference… on the farm… with a tractor and trailer. We will collect you in the village at 11:00 where you will board our tractor and trailer, and in true farm style we will transport you to Lelieblom Farm with exquisite Swartland scenery along the way.
Enjoy a day out on the farm, relax and end your year on a jolly good note. A 3 course meal will be served overlooking the fields where horses, cows, sheep, cattle and goats contentedly graze.
We endeavour to make your special event a memorable one
Advanced booking essential R250 p/p (min. 10 people) – Karen 082 573 7736
karen@lelieblom.co.za www.lelieblom.co.za

 

What’s on at Evita se Perron during December?

View the latest programme at http://www.evita.co.za/current_programme.htm

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

Tickets are R100 pp (which includes R1pp donation to The Darling Trust)

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


Saturday 11 December 2010

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT on the lawn @ Vyge Valley Farm stall

Time: 6pm

Live Entertainment

Hamburgers & Chicken Kebabs on the Braai / Picnic baskets to order in advance

Wine tasting: Groote Post & Tully Family Vineyard

Cost: R20 adults / R10 Children over 6 / Children under 6 free

Contact 022 492 2586 for more information

 

Saturday 11 December 2010

NIEL RADEMAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Much loved singer and social persona, NIEL RADEMAN will perform Christmas carols from across the world. Niel is an opera-trained (baritone) cabaret- and light music siner who has performed across South africa as well as internationally.

Join us for a concert jam-packed with nostalgia and music covering a wide spectrum.  A highlight will be the Irish lullaby reset by Rika Vermeulen. We guarantee you Christmas music like you’ve never heard before!

U kan liedere vanaf O Holy night tot Somerkersfees te wagte wees! ‘n Hoogtepunt is ‘n Ierse gebed soos getoonset deur Rika Vermeulen. Met virtuose klavierspel en ‘n stem so warm soos Overbergse heuning, sal hierdie gedugte musiekpaar weer die lied en die posie in jou Suid-Afrikaanse somerkersfees terugbring.

R180 p/p (Ete en vertoning ingesluit)

Advance booking is essential – please contact Karen on 082 573 7736 or visit www.lelieblom.co.za

 

Thursday 16 December

Santa Paws is coming to town….

Our furry friends would love if you could support them by joining us for a day in the country @ LELIEBLOM farm, just outside our Darling town……

(Take note of a short dirt road drive)                      Time: 12h30 for 13h00

MENU

Welcoming drink on arrival and assortment of canapés

STARTER

Tossed salad served with Olive bread and butter from the farm kitchen

MAIN

Roast beef served with gravy

Traditional Soet Patat / Oven roasted Butternut / Green Beans with Feta Cheese

DESSERT

Chocolate Truffles

Coffee/ Tea

Complimentary wine on tables or BYO

LUCKY DRAW prizes up for grabs! / RAFFLE / PLEASE BRING A GIFT FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS

Bookings & payments before 05 December – Contact Wendy are@kingsleymail.co.za (022) 492 2294 / 083 270 5161

Price: R185 with R80 going towards our furry friends

 

Saturday 25 December 2010

Christmas Lunch at Lelieblom Farm

Lelieblom Farm will be doing a traditional Christmas lunch on the farm @ 13h00 on Christmas day. Bring your family and friends and join us around the large family tables to celebrate Christmas 2010

R180.00 p/p and children under 12 R75.00 per child

Booking essential please – Karen 082 573 7736
karen@lelieblom.co.za www.lelieblom.co.za

We look forward to making your Christmas Day a memorable one. Make new friends and renew old friendships at Lelieblom farm in Darling, only an hour from Cape Town, but a million miles away!

 

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

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

The Wonderful Wines of Darling

Groote Post sauvignon blancA 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:

31 October      – Darling Cellars

7 November    – Cloof

– Wild mushroom risotto (served with Daisy Darling)
– Fragrant lamb and butternut tagine on dried fruit and almond couscous (served with The Sexy Shiraz)

– Pistachio and rosewater pavlova with seasonal fruit and farm cream (served with Chenin Blanc Natural Sweet)

14 November  – Groote Post

21 November – Ormonde Vineyards

28 November – Tukulu

COST:

R175 all inclusive per person

Contact – Shaun Mc Laughlin – 083 325 4148 or stay@trinitylodge.co.za