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Spend your Heritage long weekend at festive McGregor.

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Wining, dining, hiking, biking, chilling, jolling – spend your Heritage long weekend at festive McGregor.

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Have you booked your B&B? If not, don’t leave it any longer, as the 2015 mmm-McGregor Food and wine fest is drawing fun-lovers, gourmets, party-goers - and all who enjoy an intimate celebration of great wine and country fare in stunning spring surroundings -  to our special village over the Heritage weekend.

At least 10 valley wineries will take part in the main show, to be held, as usual, in the Dutch Reformed church hall in the heart of the village on Saturday 26th. Tickets cost R50 and include all wine tastings and a glass, while more than 20 food and craft stalls will tempt with a wide variety of sweet and savoury goodies and some fine handwork.

Adding a special vibe to the occasion will be performances by our well-known Unistars brass band and the unique sound of the Langeberg Steel drums, a youthful group of talented performers, in demand all over the wide Robertson valley. There will be other live performers, such as Gary G and Jazz with Steve Robinson and the duo Twixx, so music to suit all tastes and ages is guaranteed. Details of a potjiekos competition can be obtained from the tourism office, who can also update you on events and attractions.

The Heritage aspect of the occasion will be celebrated with a special three-course supper paired with single vineyard Arendsig wines on Friday 25th September. The menu includes West Coast mussels, Karoo lamb and irresistible desserts, plus wine to complement, and costs R350 a head. To book, email info@de-kaap.co.za


Tanagra wines, grappas and eaux de vie need little introduction to a growing number of fans. This charming farm a few kilometres from the village is joining up with a talented chocolatier who is not only using their grappas in her chocolate truffles, but will offering scintillating pairings – think dark chocolate lemon and sea salt truffle with Tanagra’s brilliant Lemon eau de vie – and there’s more in this vein: Ginny Paterson is the talent behind these moreish creations.

Tanagra will be offering visitors, for the first time, tastes of their cab franc vintage 2014 and the 2015 blanc de noir from their single vineyard cab franc. Hosts Robert and Anette Rosenbach have put their beautiful farm and boutique winery and distillery on the map in a few short years, while travellers from Europe can not get enough of their charming cottages, one of which is an environmental triumph.

If you haven’t already fallen for the charms of Solara, Pat Wermuller’s brilliant organic sauvignon blanc from her single vineyard on Houtbaai farm, just beyond the village, the festival weekend will be a good time to taste it and take home a case or two. It’s a gentle ,well balanced white, with a floral bouquet, and well defined fruit. It lacks the biting acid of some sauvignons and of course is perfect for those who are intolerant of sulphur, as this is a minimal-sulphur, naturally made gem. Animal lovers will be pleased to know that R3 from the sale of every bottle goes to the Robertson Corridor Leopard Project, one of several run by the Landmark Foundation, a NGO headed by Dr Bool Smuts.

We produce some very special products and people in this magical village, and those who are most modest, are usually those whose products are of world class. We look forward to meeting you at our festival, and remember to bring your hiking boots and mountain bikes if those pursuits are on your agenda.

For more info, call 023 625 1954 or e-mail info@tourismmcgregor.co.za

 

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