Plett Harvest Fair at The Yard

Friday 27/11 Day/Night market starts at 14h00 till 21h00. A variety of stalls with fresh produce from our local growers, Christmas related products, Arts and Crafts, jewelry and homemade goodies, pancakes, food court, craft beer and more.

Petanque Competition from 16h00 with cash prizes at a R25.00 entry fee for doubles. This is a fantastic family event from Grandparents to children. Lets get those teams together for lots of fun. (Prize for team with best name)

Seafood stall with fresh oysters and other delicious fishy treats.

Food court will serve a HANGI (Maori underground cooking) buffet @ 1900 @ R100.00 per head, (limited avail) Slow cooked in banana leaves it is an unforgettable culinary experience. Kids fun court and entertainment.

Saturday 28/11 opens at 0900 till 1700 with 40 plus Stalls, biggest veg and ugliest veg competition, Big Breakfast, Food court, Kids entertainment, Pony rides, Dog show and Pet owner lookalikes competition, Craft Beer, Wine tasting, live Music, Classic Cars, fresh Seafood and Oysters, Bric n Brac Arts and Crafts and so much more.
www.plett-tourism.co.za/events/plett-harvest-fair/

More colourful Plett gardens for PAWS

Garden lovers can look forward to the fourth Plett Open Garden Day in support of PAWS, on Saturday 31 October from 10:00 to 16:00. This popular event will again feature Rae Gilbert’s magnificent Bosky Dell Rose Garden as the anchor garden. Last year, despite cold and wet weather, 313 hardy visitors turned up to help PAWS raise the impressive sum of R34 000.

The roses at Bosky Dell will show off their first glorious flush of colour and visitors can enjoy the tea garden, PAWS quality cake and plant sales – with live music thrown in.

Tickets at R60 for all four gardens will be sold at all the gardens. Flyers describing the gardens and their locations will be available at all the gardens, and can be collected from Barney’s Kiosk, next to Mugg and Bean, in the Market Square Shopping Centre.

Plett GardensThe small, but committed PAWS team works hard to raise enough funds to cover our monthly operating costs of about R50 000. Without the generous support of the public for our events,, we cannot continue to provide the essential primary health care service, to improve living conditions for the many neglected and abused dogs and cats in the Bitou region.

The featured gardens are:

Bosky-Dell Rose Garden. Access on the N2, opposite The Heath – follow dirt road to the farm. This magnificent rose garden, containing more than 6 000 rose bushes, is based on strict geometric design, with the bright colours of a large variety of roses complemented by indigenous borders and shrubs. A central pavilion, overlooking a verdant valley, houses the tea garden and visitors can stroll around a lovely lily pond.

Plett GardensHawkes garden. Brackenridge Estate, access via main entrance, off Piesang Valley Road. Directions available at gate. The position of the stand, at the top of the ridge and exposed to prevailing wind was an important factor when planning the garden. Mike Vlok, the designer of this impressive indigenous garden, over two stands, created several tranquil corners, including a pond with a Robbie Leggatt sculpture. The plan includes imaginative planting of some exotics to provide year-round colour.

McIvor garden. 52 Bitou Glade, access via main entrance to Brackenridge Estate, off Piesang Valley. Directions available at gate. Designing this indigenous garden was quite a challenge because of severe clay conditions. Graham von Hoesslin provided the backbone for the layout, and the owner set about planting her garden for the bees, birds, butterflies and buck. She has had to learn to share her garden with many wild visitors, including a voracious tortoise who loves gazanias.

Plett GardensDippenaar garden. 4 Robbebergbaai Road, Brakkloof, Last road left, off the road leading to Robberg Nature Reserve gate. This garden was very new when it was featured during the first Open Garden Day in 2012. Now, three years later, it has matured and still offers a large variety of mainly indigenous plants, with natural and unstructured plantings . It was designed for maximum impact of colour and to attract nectar, fruit and insect-eating birds.

For more information contact Marsja Hall-Green: 073 645 9476/044 533 4578•

Accolades for Plett Wine Route

Top Rosé Wines South Africa 2015 – Winners Announced

 

South Africa’s Top Rosé Wines were announced on the evening of Wed 30th Sept 2015 at The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Cape Town. Here are the results of the Rosé Rocks Wine competition:

Top 10 rosé wines in South Africa 2015:

Arabella Pink Panacea 2015

Brampton Rosé 2015

Eagle’s Cliff Shiraz Rosé 2015

Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé 2014

Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé 2015

Noble Savage Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2015

Signal Gun Rosé 2015

Slanghoek Vinay Rosé Natural Sweet 2015

Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2015

Warwick The First Lady Dry Rosé 2015

Top MCC Rosé Wines in South Africa 2015:

First place: Villiera Woolworths Brut Rosé

Second place: Klein Optenhorst Pinot Noir 2012 MCC

Third place: Plettenvale Brut Rosé MCC

Over 160 wines were entered into the competition and tasted blind with no indication of vintage, wine farm or technical analysis. All the results were independently audited by Grant Thornton South Africa.

The judging panel, chaired by wine expert and industry legend, Allan Mullins comprised Neil Pendock, wine writer and judge with over 30 years’ experience; Marthelize Tredoux, a seasoned writer for winemag.co.za and winner of the 2013 Veritas Young Wine Writer award; Tinashe Nyamudoka, the head Sommelier and beverage manager at acclaimed restaurant The Test Kitchen; Praisy Dlamini, an accomplished winemaker and the first woman Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé (2008); and Malu Lambert, an established freelance food and wine journalist.

Allan Mullins said “The range of wines to taste was remarkable and the judging was no easy task, which just goes to show what an amazing wine category rosé has become in South Africa.” He added “the rosé wine category in South Africa has a fantastic future and Rosé Rocks competition has put it in the spotlight.”

Cavalli Estate’s Pink Pony Rosé was the winner of the Best Designed label for a rosé wine.

The Best Designed Label category was judged by Abigail Donnelly, food editor of Taste Magazine and chief judge of the Eat Out Awards; Jessica Ross, deputy editor House & Leisure Magazine; and Liam Mooney, an award-winning interior designer.

The aim of the Rosé Rocks competition is to recognize excellence in rosé winemaking and to promote the South African rosé category.

Visit the Rosé Rocks website: www.rosérocks.co.za or follow all the news on Twitter: @RoséRocksSA.

Attention Fit Foodies!

This October holiday we’re celebrating more than just the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival – the week of 1 – 11 October will be showcasing Plett as an outdoor sporting destination to rival any in the country.

Robberg Xpress Trail Run in the Robberg Nature Reserve – this unique run supported by Cape Nature, will be held on Saturday 3rd October and entry is open for the scenic 10km route around Robberg and the family-friendly 5km “Shyshark” route. Test your mettle against the majestic Robberg Peninsula and enjoy a run around Plett’s iconic National Monument.

The popular Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will take place on Monday 5th October. Dress up in pink to support this worthy cause and take a walk through the beautiful town of Plett.

Golfers will love the Sasfin Plett Classic golf on Thursday 8th October at the Plettenberg Bay Country Club. The club is located within a nature reserve and entry includes a ticket to the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival.

The popular mountain bike race, Tour de Plett will take place on 10th October with a grand finish at the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival on Central Beach. This year’s races include an 85km marathon, 55km half-marathon and a 20km fun ride. It’s a spectacular route with profits going to the Kwanokuthula Cycling Academy and entry includes a ticket to the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival.

For more information please visit www.plett-tourism.co.za/events/tour-de-plett-2015/

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National Parks Week: More than 4000 visitors

A total of 4 383 South Africans visited the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) during South African National Parks Week, from September 14 to 19.

SA National Parks Week is a campaign sponsored by FNB and Total SA.

Nandi Mgwadlamba, communication manager for SANParks, said, that 1 619 people visited Knysna (where the Featherbed Company ferried approximately 350 on the Knysna Estuary, which falls in the GRNP), 1 567 visited the Wilderness section and 1 197 the Tsitsikamma part of the park.

Acting general manager for the GRNP, Johan de Klerk, said, “This is an increase from last year by at least 346 visitors. It is encouraging to see so many local visitors responded to our call.” The SA Week campaign in the Garden Route kicked off on September 14 at an information session organised for locals in Harkerville, Knysna.

In Tsitsikamma, Segway tours were provided to local community members who would otherwise not be able to afford the experience. Learners from Coldstream, Woodlands and Storms River primary schools were taken on a guided Cultural Heritage Walk down the old Storms River Pass.

“In Wilderness, an orchestra in the park and a potjiekos competition drew the attention of most visitors. In all three parks, daily hikes and educational talks were scheduled. Domestic tourists contributed a total of R24.3-billion to the South African economy in 2013. In addition, the direct tourism contribution to GDP was R93-billion or 3% according to 2012 statistics.”

According to De Klerk, the GRNP is encouraged by recent figures and also global eco-tourism trends that are on an upward trajectory.

“To keep the momentum, the GRNP is planning an open day for cyclists (in November in Knysna), a self-drive route in the forest areas (Knysna), a fun day (Tsitsikamma), and carols by candlelight in the forest (Wilderness).”

For more on the Garden Route National Park, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, and Twitter.
www.knysnaplettherald.co.za•

Knysna to host big regatta

Knysna will once again host the annual Midway Classic Regatta and Heads Race.

The event, organised by Western Cape Rowing, takes place on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 at Belvidere Estate.

“The event is fast becoming a flagship event for rowing in South Africa with the 2015 event drawing top crews from the Western Cape (Bishops Diocesan College, South African College School, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Somerset College and Peninsula Girls Rowing Club) and Eastern Cape (Grey College PE, Clarendon School, Diocesan School for Girls, St Andrew’s College, Zwartkops Rowing Club and Selborne College),” said Greta Engelbrecht, president of Western Cape Rowing.

More than 300 rowers and their supporters will descend on Knysna for two days of racing, showcasing some of the top rowing talent in South Africa.
-www.knysnaplettherald.co.za

Sport and Entertainment during Wine & Bubbly Festival

There will be more to the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival than the main weekend event on Central Beach. In the week leading up to the main extravaganza, Plett has planned a selection of sporting events, music and entertainment – just adding more reasons to visit Plett in October and book for the second Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival.

Thu 01 October: Cat Simoni at The White House
Sat 03 – Sun 11 October: Plett Winelands Estates host luncheons, tastings, picnics and cycling events
Sat 03 October: Robberg Xpress Trail Run in the Robberg Nature Reserve
Sat 03 October: Jason Hartman and Sam Hartman at the Beach House
Wed 07 October: Plettenvale Masquerade at The Equinox restaurant
Thu 08 October: Sasfin Plett Classic golf at the Plettenberg Bay Country Club
Fri 09 October: Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival
Sat 10 October: Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival
Sat 10 October: Tour de Plett MTB

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Knysna Arts Festival – 7 to 10 October 2015

Following the success of last year’s Knysna Art Route featuring only visual fine arts, a four day festival is to be staged that will include a varied array of arts and entertainment in intimate venues scattered throughout Knysna.

Highlights of the event will be:-

· An official Opening Function on Wednesday 7th October, and a Gala Evening on Thursday 8th October, a variety of live visual art, music, drama &
community entertainment is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

· Visual Arts Painting, Sculpture, Woodwork, Pottery, Printing
and Photography including Community Arts and Tours;

· Performing Arts Music, Dance and Theatre including School
Choirs

· Knysna Natter Readings, Talks and Debates involving both
current and historical topics;

· Demonstrations Live Art Demo’s and a variety of
workshops.

This event, which is sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna, will host some special guests and promises to bring out the very best that Knysna has to offer.

For those of you not yet artfully convinced, there are other festivals that will be taking place in Knysna during the same period namely, The Knysna Timber Festival and the Mitchells Brewery October Fest.

So, plan your visit now and avoid accommodation disappointment!

The full festival program can be viewed http://www.slideshare.net/VisitKnysna/knysna-arts-fest-2015-programme•

Wine pairing 101…

Very simple – food and wine should each bring out the best flavours of the other.

During the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, there will be options of great food which will be paired with local Plett wines. Enjoy a variety of tastes, textures and tantalising possibilities to let your taste-buds run riot. Bon appetit!

Enjoy this sneak peek at who will be pairing at this year’s Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival…

Arugula Bistro – the latest addition at Goose Valley
Bramon Restaurant – the perfectly poised restaurant in the vineyards
Island Diner – the amazing seaside dining experience for the whole family
Seafood @ The Plettenberg – 5-star dining with a 7-star view
The Fat Fish – the trendiest “foodie” haven in Plett
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Knysna & Partners celebrate Knysna’s Culture

In celebration of Knysna Municipality offering the Old Gaol premises in Queen Street to the Green Chefs, a Knysna & Partners’ initiative to develop as a Coffee Shop / Bistro, Glendyrr Fick, Knysna & Partners; Trade and Development presented a Culture journey to stakeholders and friends on Thursday, September 10.

“I am so excited that we will now be able to offer our past finalists an opportunity to serve their food to the public and gain invaluable experience in what running a successful restaurant entails,” said a smiling and proud Fick.

“I could not be more proud of Glendyrr and her team. She had a vision of finally assisting the Green Chefs in running their own restaurant, being responsible for their own business plan and everything else entailed in running a business. With the kind offer of the Knysna Municipality her and the Green Chefs dream can start taking shape, once the formalities have been finalised.” said Knysna & Partners CEO, Greg Vogt.

Knysna loved and respected resident, Municipal Speaker and Knysna & Partners board member, Eleanore Bouw-Spies welcomed guests to Fick’s Knysna Cultural Journey at the Old Gaol inviting guests to enjoy the evening celebrating Knysna’s rich culture.

To start the evening the Imbongi or Praise Singers entered the Old Goal singing the praises of Knysna in their unmistakable high-pitched voices and vigorous performance. Traditionally the Imbongi, the official to the court of a Chief’s role included the recording of praise-names, victories and laudable characteristics of that Chief. They would then recite a praise poem, known as the Izibongo in praise of the Chief at public events.

The Green Chefs prepared a delicious three course meal that allowed for a main course choice of mutton stew, vegetarian curry and tripe and trotters potjie. Local author and tourism blogger, Martin Hatchuel said that it was the best vegetarian curry that he had ever eaten.

During the soup starter, Siya Maginana, a local Knysna actor performed a moving monologue that spoke of a man who had found the love of his life. Just to lose her as a result of his insecurities and alcohol addiction. The emotions that Magninana’s passionate art evoked was clearly visible.

Bouw-Spies introduced the Kranshoek Griqua People’s Kranshoek Riel Dancer and said: “The Griqua are a racially and culturally mixed people who originated in the intermarriages and sexual relations between European colonists in the Cape and the Khoikhoi living during the 17th and 18th centuries. They have a strong cultural identity, and enjoy First Nation status with the United Nations.”

She added that the Rieldance group travelled from the Kranshoek Community, an original Griqua Settlement. “It is inspiring to see how the youth embrace their culture, and bring it to life for everyone to appreciate,” said Bouw-Spies.

After loud ululation in appreciation of the Rieldancers, Bouw-Spies smiled and explained that what she thought was their performance, was actually a warm up dance. Without much ado the Rieldancers took to the performance area and performed another beautiful Riel Dance, recognised as part of their cultural expression.

“It is said that if you have ever stood in the middle of a dusty arena, surrounded by jiving and jinking Riel dancers in the throes of an ancient courtship ritual, you can consider yourself as been privileged to be part of a special cultural event that has been revived throughout the Karoo and Cederberg region,” said Bouw-Spies.

“Born out of traditional Khoi and San ceremonial dances around the fire, it has been practiced by descendants of the indigenous South African cultures for many years, most of whom were sheep shearers and farm workers from across the Cape. It is interesting to note that each Xhoi-San group has their own Riel dance style,” explained Fick, a proud Griqua herself.

The details surrounding the Green Chefs proposed pop-up restaurant are not yet finalised. “Keep a close eye on the media. We are sure to release the final details soon,” concluded Fick.

In closing Vogt expressed his appreciation for the artists saying that this new Green Chef pop-up restaurant / Coffee Shop is going to go a long way in enhancing the town’s visitors experience. “This venue lends itself perfectly to poetry nights with the local communities and so much more. I am really excited about this new venture and wish Glendyrr and all involved only the best.”•