In our family we love a good Family Fun Day outing and there are 2 awesome festivals coming up this weekend that look like they will make a great day out with kids! We will definitely be popping by one (or both)…
Stellenbosch Slow Market Strawberry Fair
This Saturday (1 November) the popular Stellenbosch Slow Market will be celebrating all things “strawberries” with the Summer Strawberry Fair from 9am – 2pm at the Oude Libertas Estate on the corner of Oude Libertas Road & Adam Tas Road in Stellenbosch.
There will be everything from fresh strawberries straight from the organic farms, strawberry ice cream and sorbets, strawberry smoothies, strawberry cakes and other bakes, and yes, even strawberry sausages, strawberry cheese, as well as strawberry soaps and bath salts!
The Rooi Rok Padstal will be selling the freshest seasonal strawberries straight from the farm. Wendy’s Smoothies will be serving refreshingly chilled strawberry smoothies, while the Smulpaap Café will be creating the best strawberry inspired salads. Ollie’s Sausages will be selling a uniquely created strawberry sausage, and Cape Mountain Charcuterie (producers of free range, gluten free cured meats) will be offering artisanal strawberry produced creations made on the farm. By Nature, known for its range of premium quality natural and organic products, will be providing preservative-free dried strawberries, while you can expect the most delicious strawberry toppings from Arnim von Werne on their German cakes and waffles. Even strawberry brownies will be on sale at Yummi Brownies (made from free range eggs, real farm butter and organic macaroons). Boutique wineries, such as Tierhoek and Saltare, will serve alcohol beverages with strawberry flavours to further celebrate one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts – packed with nutrients (and an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants).
What is incredible is that all the entrepreneurs at the market produce food in true “slow food” style – as Mother Nature intended and without doing any harm to our health (or to nature). As a family of strawberry lovers this pretty much sounds like heaven!!
The term “Slow Food” means the suppliers are committed to good, clean and fair food for all: Good in terms of a fresh and flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses; Clean in terms of food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or consumers’ health; and Fair in terms of accessible prices for consumers, as well as fair conditions and fair pay for small-scale producers.
The bonus is that there is no entry fee for the Stellenbosch Slow Market and parking is freely available!
Cape Town International Kite Festival
This year sees the 20th Cape Town International Kite Festival taking place on the weekend of 1 & 2 November. Held in Muizenberg by Cape Mental Health, it is Africa’s biggest kite festival and a fantastic family event in support of a very good cause as all profits go to Cape Mental Health to help them provide mental health services to adults and children in poorly-resourced communities. There will be live entertainment, yummy food stalls and an eclectic market, making this a great family fun day out all in support of a very good cause!
With kiters coming from as far afield as Germany, New Zealand and Singapore, festival-goers can expect to see some amazing kite creations, including Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ making his first African flight.
Local kite-makers have a chance to win prizes in the Heritage Kite Competition. The Heritage Kite Award will go to the best ‘Swaeltjie’, a traditional swallow-shaped kite that came to Africa from South-East Asia hundreds of years ago. People can also learn how to make a Swaeltjie at free workshops during the festival, run by master kite-maker Ebrahim Sambo from Athlone. Sambo has been making Swaeltjie kites since he was a child. “My great-grandfather was a slave from Indonesia; he taught my grandfather, who taught my father, who taught me.”
You might even like to try and make a kite with your kids before you come down to the festival to fly it! There are loads of ideas online. Visit www.capementalhealth.co.za/kite/instructions.html for an easy option to try at home.
The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row), from 10am to 6pm on Sat & Sun. Entry is R30 or R10 for children 12 years and under.