Elgin Winter Festival
There's something quite magical and authentic about winter in Elgin, temperatures are definitely lower than surrounding areas, but the chill brings with it a unique beauty of its own. Crisp mornings start the day with a heavy mist sunken within the dips of the rolling hills and a winter sun that shines stark over the many vineyards and fruit orchards amidst their off-season slumber.
For those not already tempted ... Elgin Grabouw Tourism are inviting you to come and experience the very first Elgin Winter Festival – WINTER, WINE AND WORDS – over the long weekend from 9-11 August 2019. It will be a festival to celebrate all that we love about winter, fireplaces, red wine, world class entertainment, books and delicious comfort food! There will also be a special focus on the ladies in honour of National Woman's Day on the 9th. A great excuse to escape your hibernation and come to experience Elgin's warmth in the cold!
An opportunity to meet, mingle and enjoy some seriously cool climate wines with our Elgin Valley Winemakers at the Elgin Winter Wine Fair: Almenkerk Wine Estate, Elgin Vintners, Highlands Road Wines, Lothian Vineyards, Oak Valley, Oneiric Winery, Paul Cluver Wines, Paul Wallace Wines, Shannon Vineyards & Wine, South Hill Vineyards, Sutherland Wines, Iona and Eversons Cider!
We are delighted to be hosting the highly acclaimed Husband and Wife multi-instrumentalist folk-rock duo Bottomless Coffee Band on Saturday night at the Elgin Railway Market. There will be lots of deliciously comfort food, wine and craft beer on cider on sale at the Market.
Additional Activities that require Direct Booking
Elgin Railway Market
The Art Deco Inspired Elgin Railway Market will be open for trade throughout the weekend. For all 3 days of the festival visitors can hop on a Ceres Rail steam train from Cape Town to Elgin. There will be an option of booking an overnight ticket and take the train back to Cape Town the next afternoon. Limited seats available for the overnight option. Go to www.ceresrail.co.za for details.
Come and see The Beast in action, arguably the most efficient heater in South Africa! In recent tests temperatures of 428C where recorded on the top of the tank and at 9 metres roof height a mere 48C was expelled into the atmosphere. Thus 380C was radiated into the room – a far cry from most conventional fireplaces where most of the heat roars up the chimney.
There will be delicious foods for sale, from curries, steaks, burgers, pizzas to Sushi. The Elgin Railway Market will be hosting the Elgin Winter Wine Festival on the Friday night and Bottomless Coffee Band on Saturday night. Tickets for both events are limited and cost R150 each. Book online at Quicket.
Rojaal Est. 2016 Restaurant
'BUBBLES & PINK MAKE THE BOYS WINK!'
Rojaal will be gifting all ladies visiting Elgin for a meal at Rojaal Est 2016 with a complimentary savoury or sweet indulgence to the value of R120.
SAVOURY INDULGENCE: A starter portion of our famous chicken salad served with a glass of MCC.
SWEET INDULGENCE: A Trio of desserts served with a glass of MCC.
Come join in the fun as we pair fashion, food and wine in the heart of the Elgin Valley at “The Wine, The Woman & The Wardrobe”, a fabulously festive market of high end product ranges from fashion to food, homeware to wine, jewellery to gifts – all proudly crafted by woman. A family friendly event, with a kiddies crime treasure hunt and craft corner. Music to enjoy the afternoon away.
Literary CrimeFest / Krimi Fees
BY LIBERTY BOOKS
For all readers of murder mysteries, detective fiction, literary thrillers, whodunnits and true crime: Elgin Grabouw will be hosting South Africa’s first ever literary festival focused on crime writing. 19 top local authors will be participating at this inaugural CrimeFest, including Deon Meyer, Andrew Brown, Sally Andrew, Karin Brynard, Martin Steyn and Rudie van Rensburg.
Panel discussions in English and Afrikaans on all aspects of crime writing will be held at Trail’s End Bike Hotel and South Hill Vineyards, with Liberty Books running a book sales stand at both venues.
Visit Facebook event page for full programme and further details.
Elgin Grabouw Tourism invites all Elgin Winter Festival attendees to support our #HandbagsOfHope charity drive in honour of National Women's Day. A donation point will be available at the Elgin Railway Market all weekend from 9-11 August.
Handbags will be distributed to women in need throughout the Grabouw and Elgin communities by Siphila Sonke, our local charity outreach program. Each lady will not only receive much-needed toiletries, but a beautiful handbag of her very own. We thank you in advance for opening your hearts this Women's Day!
Examples of products to include:
PERSONAL HYGIENE – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant/roll-on, tissues, soap, shampoo, conditioner.
SANITARY PRODUCTS – pads, tampons
EVERYDAY PRODUCTS – hand cream, lip balm, warm ladies socks, hand/face wipes
Pony Rides and Outrides
@ LONG SHADOWS FARM
Long Shadows Farm Equestrian Centre will be offering pony rides and miniature pony interaction for the kids and 60 minute outrides for older groups over the weekend. Outrides need to be booked in advance.
Parkrun & Mountain Bike Rides
@ TRAIL'S END BIKE HOTEL
For the outdoor enthusiasts, Trail's End Bike Hotel will be hosting some fun sporting activities for the whole family over the weekend. There will be a parkrun on the Saturday morning and three organized Mountain Bike Rides (15km / 30km / 45km) on the Sunday morning.
Vertical Wine Tastings & fun for the kids
@ ELGIN VINTNERS
Elgin Vintners will be offering personalised Vertical Wine Tastings hosted by Elgin Vintners Winemaker in their manor house tasting room over the course of the weekend. The tasting will include: 4 Vintages Chardonnay and 3 Vintages Sauvignon Blanc. There will also be pony rides for the younger at heart to enjoy!
Master Class Wine Tasting
@ IONA WINES
@ ELGIN RIVER LODGE, OFF APPLETISER ROAD, ELGIN
Elgin River Lodge will be running River Barge trips every hour and are inviting guests for a leisurely riverside experience! Choose your favourite bottle of wine or cocktail from our bar and enjoy a laid-back 40 minute cruise with family and friends. Direct bookings are essential and a minimum of 5 adults are required per group. See information below for details.
Elgin Women in Wine Master Class Tasting
@ SÓVINHOS WINE SHOP, THE ELGIN RAILWAY MARKET
Winter Festival Adventure Specials
@ ELGIN ADVENTURE CENTRE, ELGIN RAILWAY MARKET
For further details on the schedule of events, as well as to book your accommodation for the weekend, visit the Elgin Grabouw Tourism website for more information and follow Elgin Grabouw Tourism on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Tickets for all events are limited so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!