What to do on a (public holiday) in the Western Cape?

On the 16th of June we celebrated Youth Day as well as Father’s Day. The public holiday fell on a Sunday, which means the following Monday will automatically turn into a public holiday. If you weren’t sure what to do; here is some info you can use for the next public holiday or this weekend.

The Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands

What to do?

The Western Cape has a number of activities on offer for tourists’ and locals to enjoy! The list would include; hiking in the mountains, visiting beaches or coastal towns, dining experiences in town or driving out to the winelands or countryside.

On this specific day, we set out to the winelands, and more specifically the Spice Route in Paarl.

Cape Brewing Co. [CBC]

The newest local craft beer to hit the scene is called CBC. You can visit the brewery itself and taste 4 beers for only R25 or pay a little more to add  Jack Black Beer to the tasting. I’m not a real craft drinker, but found the CBC lager very refreshening.  If you’re looking for something a bit “sweeter,” I would recommend you try the Krystal Weiss. Find them on Facebook

CBC logo
Cape Brewing Co.

CBC Craft production
CBC Craft production
CBC Barley
Barley used in CBC
Craft Tasting
Craft Tasting
CBC Craft Lager
CBC Craft Lager

DV Chocolate

The De Villiers family started off with a small chocolate production by crafting chocolate from varies cacao beans. These cacao beans are specially sourced from around the world, and each selected for their unique flavour. A tasting cost R25 per person and explore the intrequate flavours of dark chocolate. My personal choice; Sao Tome. A fruity and bitter taste, the way dark chocolate should be! 😉 Find the family business on Facebook

DV Dark Chocolate tasting
DV Dark Chocolate tasting
Cocoa beans from across the world
Cocoa beans from across the world
Cocoa Beans from Venezuela
Cacao Beans from Venezuela

Fairview Cheese

Whenever I think of Fairview, all I can think about is the little tower and iconic big goat. In my opinion, Fairview has the best Chevin in South Africa.  A normal Cheese tasting (no wine) costs a mere R12 per person and cheese can be purchased on the spot. We however enjoyed lunch on the outside terrace with freshly baked focaccia from the bakery. Go check out their Facebook page or follow on Twitter for upcoming events.

Goats' Tower on Fairview
Goats’ Tower on Fairview
The iconic Fairview goat
The iconic Fairview goat
Lunch in the sun
Lunch in the sun

Avondale Wines

A farm away from the hustle and bustle where an organic wine tasting would only be fitting. End the day with a wine tasting for R50 per person or have a look at an alternative option.  Book the Avondale Winter Warmer pairing with soup & wine for R120 per persoon. If you want to know more; ask them on Facebook or Twitter.

Avondale Organic wines
Avondale Organic wines
Wine on the couch. Perfect!
Wine on the couch. Perfect!

A day well spent and the weather played along. We are truly blessed to live in South Africa!

If you have done one of these activities. Feel free to leave a comment & tell me about your experience! 🙂

HAPPY WEEKEND!

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