The Cape West Coast has a wide variety of activities and events to look forward to, click here to check the Events Page for an updated diary.
Rocking the Daisies (1 – 4 October)
Each October Cloof Wine Estate in Darling opens its gates to the fastest growing – and arguably most fabulous – music and lifestyle festival in South Africa. Offering the very best in live entertainment, lifestyle exhibitions and gourmet food, Rocking the Daisies now attracts over 10 000 people over a three day weekend.
An iconic event which attracts people of all ages and creeds and cultures, there is something for everyone and the entertainment showcased on several stages includes South Africa’s best known, chart-topping bands and DJ’s as well as comedians, electronic acts, indie groups and much, much more.
Incorporating innovative environmentally conscious products into the festival and spreading the message of ‘play hard, tread lightly’, Rocking the Daisies has made it its mission not only to educate people on greener lifestyles, but also on how to take it home and integrate greener living into their own lives. Where: R304
Coordinates: -33.482429, 18.523464
Paternoster Seefood Festival (28 November)
Time for a different 3rd Paternoster Seafood Festival on a farm with a sea-view of Paternoster and Britannia Bay. Join us for a family friendly, fun-filled festival on the farm Besterskraal, 4.5 km before the picturesque fishing village of Paternoster on the road from Vredenburg.
The annual festival includes snoek braai’s, seafood poitjiekos and of course delicious crayfish. The day’s focus is on seafood, however there will be a beer garden as well as arts and craft stalls.
Entrance: R40 for adults (including a glass of Namaqua wine) and R15 for scholars and kids under 6 free.
Crayfish, potjiekos for sale at event.
Where: Besterskraal, 4,5 km before you reach Paternoster on the Vredenburg/Paternoster road.
Jazz on the Rocks Music Festival (26 February – 2 March 2015)
Jazz on the Rocks combines the best of outdoor living – sun, sea and great music in a pristine setting on the Cape West Coast.
Situated in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, on an unspoilt stretch of beach called Tietiesbaai, the live music fiesta boasts a stage built on the rocks overlooking the ocean and revellers can relax on the beach and enjoy the show.
There is a camp site right at the beach at Tietiesbaai, so you can enjoy a whole weekend of fun in the sun with the family.
Coordinates: -32.760312, 18.027112
Lambert’s Bay Crayfish Festival (21 – 23 March 2015)
Held annually in the picturesque coastal village of Lambert’s Bay, this festival is a veritable feast for the senses – the freshest crayfish and the best in local live music and entertainment.
Known for its good old-fashioned West Coast hospitality, the yearly crayfish fiesta is a fusion of rich culture and delectable food with performances by some of the country’s best Afrikaans musical artists, plus a range of stalls selling everything from clothing and jewellery to food and gifts.
While this gourmet delicacy usually tips the scale in price at restaurants, the coveted crustaceans are available throughout the duration of the festival at ludicrously low prices, making for a weekend of surprisingly affordable indulgence. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, there will also be other delicious seafood fare, like snoek, seafood potjies (a Cape treat), mussels, oysters, paella and more.
Fun for the whole family, the little ones will love the kiddies corner, where they can enjoy a host of activities, including puppet shows, a jumping castle, balloon modelling, treasure hunts and arts and crafts projects.
Coordinates: 32.0833, -18.3000
Darling Wildflower Show (18 – 20 September 2015)
Each year the local club hall in the quaint historical town of Darling is transformed into a breath-taking exhibition that recreates the vibrant surrounding veld and hills in the throes of spring.
Since its inception in 1917, the flower festival has been showcasing the multi-coloured wonders of the West Coast flower region, which is an integral part of the Cape Fynbos Biome, with an additional aim to promote conservation and maintain botanical biodiversity. The flamboyant showcase is filled with delicate blooms picked under the strict supervision of the Darling Wildflower Society.
Once you have taken in the kaleidoscopic glory of nature, you can browse craft stalls and tuck into all sorts of local foods and drinks on offer at the various stalls.
The Cape Floral Kingdom, which boasts more than 12 000 species, is the richest in species diversity in the world. Astoundingly, the Darling area contains more than 10% of the species count of the entire Cape Floral Kingdom – in less than 1% of the area. It truly is the “golden mile” of the plant world.
• Wildflower Show • Child Friendly • Info • Stalls
Contact: Con Meyer +27 (0)84 916 1111 or +27 (0)82 927 6225 | [email protected]
Where: R304, Darling