Wine makers all set for the 10th Waterblommetjie festival in Paarl on Saturday, 7 September… (left-right) Rosco Lewis of Boland Cellar; Rolanie Lotz of Rhebokskloof; Jacques Lategan of Domaine Brahms and Abraham van Heerden of Windmeul. Photo: Christel Liebenberg
Four local wine producers in Paarl have joined forces to celebrate the 10th annual Waterblommetjie Festival with a fun-filled line-up for the whole family on Saturday, 7 September. This indigenous edible flower is only in season during late winter and early spring and will be showcased in a variety of ways at the festival.
Explore a taste journey from traditional waterblommetjie bredie and soups, to gin cocktails and decadent waterblommetjie ice cream at Boland Cellar, Domaine Brahms, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and Windmeul Cellar. The participating wineries are conveniently located within a five kilometre radius, which makes it easy for festival goers to visit all four participating wineries between 09h00 and 16h00.
Great waterblommetjie and wine pairings as well as fabulous entertainment are also on the cards. This is a festival you don’t want to miss. Free entry is secured with the donation of one tin of canned food per vehicle to be donated to a local charity, Athlone House of Strength for women and children in Paarl.
Boland Cellar will dish up hearty waterblommetjie stew, soup and samoosas to enjoy with their award-winning wines. There will also be other traditional South African nibbles such as biltong and droëwors as well as craft beer, coffee and tea. Well-known local band Newton & Co will provide live entertainment, while there will be a dedicated play area and activity packs for kids. Station Flowers will also be selling fresh cut flowers and home-made delicacies.
The colourful Domaine Brahms will start you off with a hearty farm breakfast before serving waterblommetjie stew, spring rolls and roosterkoek (fire baked bread) with waterblommetjie jam. Nifty Art will offer free face painting and kids can enjoy the fabulous play area outside.
Rhebokskloof is certainly a family-friendly stop with loads of activities for young and old. Kids can enjoy traditional games, pony rides, face painting and jumping castles, while the grown-ups sample a variety of waterblommetjies dishes, including the ever popular waterblommetjies ice cream. The wine tasting room will be buzzing with Shiraz on tap and selected wine specials. An artisanal pop-up deli, open air bar area, oyster and bubbly stand and live entertainment from 10h00-16h00 will keep the good times rolling.
Windmeul will be hosting their customary potjiekos competition, which will also feature their cellar master’s original waterblommetjies recipe. Outdoor enthusiasts can enter the Run the Vines trail run before tucking into some delicious waterblommetjies. The festival co-incides with the monthly Windmeul farmers’ market; where visitors can stock up on fresh local produce such as locally grown waterblommetjies. A special Windmeul waterblommetjies and wine pairing session will be presented. Limited servings available so be sure to book. A dedicated play area with a jungle gym is available for younger visitors.
For more information, visit www.waterblommetjiefees.com. To make reservations for special tastings and demonstrations, contact the individual participants.