Darling is the perfect distance from Cape Town. Far enough to be an adventure for the kids but close enough to drive through for an evening’s entertainment such as Darling Brew‘s ‘Carols by Candlelight’. Find Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery on the West Coast Way Culture Route.
This annual event is the perfect way to start off the festive season and judging by the turnout of locals and out-of-towners, I was not the only one who thought so! With about 200 people in attendance, I was glad I had the foresight to book a table and a picnic. Darling’s renowned charcuterie, The Flying Pig, are now working their culinary magic in the kitchens at Darling Brew’s Tasteroom and assembled a delicious platter of local cheeses and cured meats accompanied by fresh sourdough bread.
I am not really a beer drinker, although perhaps I should do a Darling Brew beer tasting just to be sure. Luckily they stock my favourite craft cider from local brewery d’Cider, which is owned by Lukas Wentzel, the winemaker at Groote Post Vineyards. A berry d’Cider seemed an appropriately Christmassy beverage for the occasion.
While waiting for the sun to set enough for us to light our candles, the kids played on Darling Brew’s extraordinary jungle gym while I browsed Darling Presbyterian Church’s Christmas craft stall. All their delightful offerings were handmade by members of their congregation and I was able to get a head start on my Christmas shopping.
Dusk fell and it was time for ‘Carols by Candlelight’ with live music by Glyn Lewis whose voice and guitar added a festive folk sound to the traditional Christmas songs. We started off with one of my favourite carols ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and sang our way through eighteen classics with the Darling College Choir occasionally giving our voices a rest with performances of ‘Silent Night’, ‘The First Noel’ and ‘O Christmas Tree’.
The younger children got into the swing of things, twirling and dancing and drawing smiles from the crowd. It was a wonderfully relaxed family evening and as always I was charmed by the friendliness of the Darling locals. Darling Brew’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ with definitely be part of our Christmas traditions each year.
The door fee for the evening was R40 and included a songbook and a candle for each of us. Proceeds from the evening and from the craft stall went towards the Darling Presbyterian Church.
Darling Summer Beer Festival Line Up
This year, the festival features six guest breweries, including: Riot Beer, Black Eagle Brewing Company, Mountain Brewing, Everson Ciders, Garagista and D’Cider. Live music and stand-up comedy will keep festival goers entertained, – with this year bands including Moonshine Jazz, the Stone Jets, Sunset Sweatshop and Red Tape Riot, whilst the comedians include Gino Fernandez, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Charles Tertiens.
Darling Brew will be serving their craft beer straight from the brewery tanks, making the craft lover’s dream of fresher than fresh beer, a reality. Local food stalls at the festival will provide an array of delicious artisanal foods, including vegetarian fare. There will also be Darling Brew merchandise and festive gift boxes on sale for those wanting to grab a Christmas gift for the beer lover in their lives.
Darling Brew’s festivals have come to be known as not only the perfect event for beer lovers, but also for family’s looking for a day out – with a large play area for children making it a kid-friendly day out.
Darling Summer Beer Festival
Location: Darling Brew, 48 Caledon St, Darling
Date & Time: 16 December, 10am – 8pm
Cost: R120 per adult, R80 for big kids over 12, Free for kids under 12
Tickets: Available via webtickets
Find Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery on the West Coast Way Culture & Foodie Route.
Distance from Cape Town: 76km
Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery: 48 Caledon Street, Darling
Brewery, Restaurant, Tastings & Sales, open-air kids play area, MTB-friendly, Live Events
School Holidays & Flower Season: Open 7 days a week.
Tasteroom operating hours:
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 am to 5 pm Kitchen closes at 4 pm
- Friday 9 am to 7 pm Kitchen closes at 6 pm
- Saturday 9 am to 5 pm Kitchen closes at 4 pm
- Sunday 10 am to 4 pm Kitchen closes at 3 pm
- They are also open for private functions. The restaurant works on a walk in basis but large groups are encouraged to book
They are also open for private functions. The restaurant works on a walk in basis but large groups are encouraged to book.
Darling Presbyterian Church
022 492 2060
Glyn Lewis – Acoustic Guitarist/Vocalist
084 4160 711
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