The Darling Village Fest 2017

The Darling Village Fest 2017 will take place over the weekend of  27, 28, 29 October!

The Darling Village Fest 2017 will be happening in the town of Darling on Friday 27 October until Sunday 29 October. Find Darling on the West Coast Way Culture Route!Darling Village Fest 2017

We all know that a scarecrow is usually an object made to resemble a human figure, set up to scare birds away from the field where crops are grown.

Darling plans to borrow from this age-old idea, a symbol of peaceful country life.

As part of this new annual event village and farm schools, families, local clubs, outreach initiatives etc. will build scarecrows to be exhibited at the Darling Summerfest which this year will take place from 27 to 29 October 2017. We are aiming for 20 – 30 human-sized creations made from recycled material.Darling Village Fest 2017

The participants’ effort and creativity will be rewarded by prizes for the three most popular specimen as chosen by the audience of the Scare Crow Party at Evita se Perron on 3 November.

For the visitors of The Darling Village Fest 2017, the scarecrows, spread around the village, will serve as the theme for a competition. People will hand in their votes online at Scare Crow Hotspots, designated places with free Wifi.

So our visitors wander the village looking for scarecrows which in turn guide them to the numerous other attractions of this exciting festival.

Any profit from the Scare Crow Project will be equally shared between three Darling outreach projects.

Darling Village Fest and Scarecrow Challenge 2017

The first Darling Village Fest will be held in October: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th

Dotted around the village, visitors will notice a large number of scarecrows, representing who knows what?

How many can you identify? Clues will help!

Visitors are challenged to identify these creations on a scorecard and stand the chance of winning a bumper prize valued at R5000.00

Entry tickets, including a route map, will be sold for R20.00 and will be available from nine outlets listed below. The entry money collected will be given to Darling charities.

Entries must be handed into one of the nine outlets by midday on Sunday to qualify for the draw.

The winner will be announced by Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout at Evita se Perron on Sunday, 29th at the end of the afternoon show [15.00h]

The Darling Village Fest 2017 line-up:

Friday 27 October  

11h00 – 12h30

Ormonde Wine Estate: Handmade Nougat & Wine pairing.

A first in Darling. 40 places available on each day. Bookings are essential.

13h00 -17h00 Cheese platters. (booking essential)

Contact Stuart at 022 492 3540 to book [email protected] or [email protected]

From 16h00

The “Let’s paint Darling” Party at the Museum’s parking


Evita se Perron: All Stars Variety Show with guest performances by talent from locals and further afield, presented by the Darling Trust

Bookings 022 492 3930 or [email protected]

From 19h00

Darling Lodge Guesthouse: Darling Country Open Air Cinema

Bring along your picnic and enjoy classic movies under the stars in the picturesque garden.

Bookings 022 492 3062

Saturday 28 October

10h00 – 16h00

Darling Wine Shop Birthday Celebration

Street braai – music and some other fun things…. Vertical wine tasting competition

Contact Ida Opperman 082 623 2244 [email protected]


Darling Sweet: Storytelling at the Toffee Shop

11h00 – 12h30

Ormonde Wine Estate: Handmade Nougat & Wine pairing (booking essential)

and from 13h00 till 17h00 cheese platters (booking essential)

Contact Stuart at 022 492 3540 to book [email protected] or [email protected]


Show at Evita se Perron: Adapt or Fly

Bookings: 022 492 3930 or [email protected]


Darling Focus: DMA End of Year Concert

Open for the whole community – admission: free

16h30 -22h00

Darling Brew: Glynn Lewis Live


Show at Evita se Perron: PDU unpowered: The Echo of Noise

Bookings: 022 402 3930 or bookings

From 19h00

Darling Lodge Guesthouse: Darling Country Open Air Cinema

Bring along your picnic and enjoy classic movies under the stars in the picturesque


Bookings 022 492 3062

Sunday 29 October

From 7h00

Groote Post Country Run

4 km Ommie-dam Fun Run – 8.00

10 km Atlantic view Route – 7.30

21 km Bobbejaanberg Challenge – 7.00

Online entries

Enquiries [email protected] 022 451 2202

10h00 – 15h00

Groote Post Country Market

Local Products / Crafts / Music / Tractor Rides / Guided Horseback Rides

Groote Post Winery – Just off the R27 – Darling


The Buttery (at the Darling Museum): “Song of the Summer Wind”

Light Classics with the Cello4tett.

Admission R 120. Tickets at the door.

For reservations [email protected]


Show at Evita se Perron: Evita praat Kaktus

Bookings 022 492 3930 or bookings

From 14h00

The Old Pastorie: Jazz in a Country Garden

with “D’s Choice” and Kneale Lawson

Admission R 80. Tickets at the door.

For reservations [email protected]

Other Attractions at the Darling Village Festival 2017

Kid Zone at the Darling College

The Scarecrow Competition

Art Exhibitions at the Nicolaas Maritz Studio Gallery, at The Toffee Gallery and at the Daisy Darling Art Gallery

Darling College Kid Zone with activities for children

Flowers on the Stoep

Skaapkop and Offal braai at the Cafe Mosaic stoep

Street Music

Don’t forget to contact Alfred Legner: [email protected] to sign up to build your own scarecrow! Anyone can join in and we already have a number of local businesses and associations participating.

Info points for entry cards:

Darling Wine Shop

Darling Sweet

Chicory Cheese Restaurant

Museum and Tourism Info

Marmalade Cat

Cafe Mosaic

Brig’s Barn


Darling Brew Restaurant

For more information contact Alfred Legner: 0720151653

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