Elgin Blossom Weekend

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Elgin Blossom Weekend

The Elgin Blossom weekend is scheduled to co-incide with the beautiful spring blossoms adorning the fruit trees.  It is being held  over the weekend of the 1st to 3rd October, 2021.

 

The cornerstone of the weekend is the brand new Bikes2Blossoms MTB ride which will take place over two days.  The route will cover some of the most iconic trails in the area including the best sections of the FNB Wines2Whales routes in the region.

 

There are bespoke events being held at the venues below, focussing on the great outdoors, wide open spaces, adventure, cool climate wines and a wide array of country cuisine.  It is definitely worth spending the whole weekend in the area.  There is a great selection of accommodation available from glamping to farm cottages to hotels so head over to our accommodation page to ensure you secure your booking for your weekend stay.   We look forward to welcoming you to Elgin Valley and our Elgin Blossom weekend.

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ALMENKERK BIG BOTTLE FEST

Saturday 2 October 2021 only.

10h00 to 17h00:  Join us for the Almenkerk Big Bottle fest in the Courtyard!  Taste our full range in Magnum (free tastings all day), enjoy the vibe in the courtyard, play a game of boules and join our winemaker for a tour of the cellar.  Snacks will be available for sale.
All day:  Run/walk our active@almenkerk trail.  Entry tickets are R40 per person, traceable for a glass of wine or as a discount on any purchases at the Almenkerk tasting room.  No need to book - you can collect your ticket at our welcome centre and start the adventure.

 

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CAPE CANOPY TOUR

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October 2021

Experience the rush of adrenalin as you embark on The Cape Canopy tour.  It comprises eleven thrilling slides, some over 300m long, each ending on a platform constructed on the cliffs and fynbos covered mountain slops above the Riviersonderend Gorge.  A unique suspension bridge, constructed between a narrow sandstone ravine above a spectacular double waterfall, is guaranteed to be one of the unforgettable highlights of the tour.
Cape Canopy Tour is a fully guided nature experience with a strong emphasis on client comfort and safety.  Two trained guided will accompany each group on the 4.5 hour tour.  They will provide information about the endemic fynbos and geology of this unique World Heritage Site.

 

Family Special:  Adult/child combo - R1390 for 1 adult accompanied by a child under the age of 18.

Regular Rate:  R895 per person

Activities commence at 09h00 and run every hour until 13h00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Includes:

  • All equipment and training
  • 4x4 trip from our base to mountain
  • 4.5 hour fully guided mountain-top biplane experience along 13 elevated platforms
  • Cape Nature park fees

Bookings:  Click here or phone 021 3000501

 

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ELGIN RAILWAY MARKET

Friday 1 October 2021

16h00 to 21h00 - Pop in to the Elgin Railway Market and enjoy some local craft beer or cider or taste some of the Elgin cool climate wines.   Enjoy a pizza, a burger or some of the other delicious options available (Limited vendors open on Friday night).

 

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October 2021

09h00 to 16h00 - Visit the bustling Elgin Railway Market for a fun day out.  Live music from 11h00 to 16h00.

 

The Elgin Railway Market is within an old apple warehouse converted into a bustling Steampunk, Art Deco market boasting local food and craft vendors, live music and is the gateway to the beautiful Elgin Valley. Once in the venue, market visitors can choose from food vendors purveying everything from fragrant curries, Mediterranean cuisine, healthy salads, spicy chicken, Wood fired pizza’s, ribs and burgers, fish and chips, poke bowls, delicious fresh juices, tasty biltong, olives and tapenade, fall off the bone lamb, and fresh seafood.

Sweets treats are abundant, including home-made fudge, decadent waffles, ice-cream and to finish off, a great selection of cakes. The bar serves local wines, beer and cider. L-Gin, from Elgin artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins.

A variety of retail offerings can be found on the mezzanine and ground floors with exceptional jewellery, genuine leather goods, vellies in abundance, CBD oils and edibles, Himalayan salts and lamps, ladies apparel and skin care, men’s gifting and grooming, braai tools and equipment and then a rummage in the salvage shop.

 

Saturday 2 October 2021 only 

Open Mic Comedy Night

A good sense of humour is practically required for being alive today and if laughing, eating, and great wine are the only things on your agenda for the 2nd of October, we have you covered.
Amateur comedians will battle it out for a cash price of R 5000.00, and you can have a giggle whilst enjoying the ambience of the Elgin Railway Market.  A cash bar will be available and selected food vendors will have good grub on hand for dinner.
Our comedy night is a serious business with all proceeds of the ticket sales going towards funding the Elgin Arts & Wine Festival.  Tickets are available at R120 and you can buy them from www.quicket.co.za (search open mic comedy), or directly whatsapp 082 440 0733
See the comedy stars of tomorrow, today! Or, uhm, on the 2nd of October 2021 at the Elgin Railway Market. Who will be the last comic standing?
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ELGIN VINTNERS STAY AND PLAY

Friday 1 October 2021

08h30 to 12h00 - Breakfast on the Stoep at Elgin Vintners Country House.

Choose from a selection of breakfasts while enjoying a fantastic view of the flowering gardens from the sandstone stoep.  There will be a selection of a Country Breakfast, a Health Breakfast or a Salmon Croissant.  Items are priced individually as per menu.    Bookings are essential.  Contact Casper van der Merwe at guesthouse@elginvintners.co.za

 

10h00 to 16h00 - Pizza and Wine lunch

Keep the hunger pangs at bay with a delicious, large wood-fired pizza (choose between meat, cheese and vegetarian options) and a glass of Elgin Vintners Wine.  R135 pp.  No bookings required, first come, first served.

 

Saturday 2 October 2021

08h30 to 12h00 - Breakfast on the Stoep at Elgin Vintners Country House.

Choose from a selection of breakfasts while enjoying a fantastic view of the flowering gardens from the sandstone stoep.  There will be a selection of a Country Breakfast, a Health Breakfast or a Salmon Croissant.  Items are priced individually as per menu.    Bookings are essential.  Contact Casper van der Merwe at guesthouse@elginvintners.co.za

 

09h00 - 5km Blossom Fun Run

Bring the family for a 5km run run (or walk) through the vineyards with winey pitstops and music along the way.  Dress up in shades of  "Spring" and "Blossoms" - prizes for the best dressed participants.  Cooldrink and water available for kids.  Prams and well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome!.  Depature from the Elgin Vintners Tasting Room at 09h00.  Cost of R50 per adult, R30 under 12's and Free for prams.  Book here on Quicket

 

09h00 to 11h30 - Coffee & Chocolate Croissants

Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Elgin Vintners coffee and a warm chocolate croissant after the fun run or before your wine tasting at the Tasting Room - available to all visitors.  Cost of R50 pp.  No bookings necessary.

 

12h00 to 18h00 - Live Music by the Doppler Effect

Doppler effect is a cover duo featuring two experienced local musicians.  The duo features the smooth vocal and acoustic guitar style of Murray Haysom with the classic rock drumming signature of Brian Woodland, two well known Cape Town based musicians.  The Doppler Effect repertoire features an array of classic from a variety of artists, including Chris de Burgh, Snow Patrol, John Mayer, Chris Rea, Sting, Mike & the Mechanics and many more.  There is no entry fee and no bookings are necessary - walk-ins are welcome.

 

10h00 to 16h00 - Pizza and Wine lunch

Keep the hunger pangs at bay with a delicious, large wood-fired pizza (choose between meat, cheese and vegetarian options) and a glass of Elgin Vintners Wine.  R135 pp.  No bookings required, first come, first served.

 

10h00 to 18h00 - Jumping Castle

While adults are adulating, let the children play!  The activity is free.  Please note that we do not offer child-minding services and all facilities are used at own risk.

 

Sunday 3 October 2021

08h30 to 12h00 - Breakfast on the Stoep at Elgin Vintners Country House.

Choose from a selection of breakfasts while enjoying a fantastic view of the flowering gardens from the sandstone stoep.  There will be a selection of a Country Breakfast, a Health Breakfast or a Salmon Croissant.  Items are priced individually as per menu.    Bookings are essential.  Contact Casper van der Merwe at guesthouse@elginvintners.co.za

 

10h00 to 16h00 - Pizza and Wine lunch

Keep the hunger pangs at bay with a delicious, large wood-fired pizza (choose between meat, cheese and vegetarian options) and a glass of Elgin Vintners Wine.  R135 pp.  No bookings required, first come, first served.

 

10h00 to 16h00 - Jumping Castle

While adults are adulating, let the children play!  The activity is free.  Please note that we do not offer child-minding services and all facilities are used at own risk.

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HIGHLANDS ROAD ESTATE

Friday 1, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October, 2021

Enjoy a visit to a real working wine farm with shady trees, decks extending over the dam, prolific birdlife and sweeping views of the Elgin Valley.   Pets are welcome.

 

10h00 to 16h00:  Wine tasting and sales. R50 pp to taste our range of 6 wines and more, wavered on any purchase.  Generous deli platters for 2 at R180.  Walks on the farm and between vineyards.

Bookings:  tasting@highlandsroadestate.co.za or phone 071 271 0161

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Iona Wines

Friday 1, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October, 2021

Open as usual for wine tastings from 09h00 to 17h00.  No need to book.  Walk-ins welcome.

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LONGSHADOWS FARM

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October, 2021

 

1/2 Hour Pony Ride - R175 pp

  • Half hour in hand walk around the paddocks. 
  • Designed for the younger riders but we can also accommodate  nervous adults that are not up to a full outride

 

1 Hour Standard Ride - R350 pp

  • Approx 1hr duration 
  • Beginner to advanced riders 

 

2 Hour Standard Ride - R550 pp

  • For experienced riders only (Can walk, trot, canter and be in control at all times) 

 

Sundowner Ride - R750 pp (minimum of 4 riders) or R1000 pp (with 2 or 3 riders)

  • 2 - 2.5hr duration including the drink stop 
  • Beginner to advanced riders 
  • Includes snacks and local wine or L-GIN G&T's 
  • All supplies are carried with us by Poppy our pack pony which means we can stop at any point along the ride where the view is good. 

 

Early Bird Breakfast Ride - R750 pp for 1 hr or R950 pp for 2 hr

  • 1hr for any experience 
  • 2hr for experienced riders only 
  • Includes a full cooked breakfast with champagne and orange juice at the stables when we return.

 

Bookings:  Contact Sharon Orpen on +27 83 987 5703 or email: sharon@longshadowsfarm.co.za

 

 

 

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LOTHIAN VINEYARDS

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October, 2021

  • Open for wine tastings and pizzas

Booking not necessary; Lothian will be open from 10h00 - 18h00 on Saturday and Sunday; no entry fee.

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OAK VALLEY ESTATE

Friday 1 October 2021

18h00 - 21h00 - Global Food Fridays @The Melting Pot

Spain is on the menu @ R360 per person ...... Fried Whitebait & Squid, Aioli, Parsley; Paella Mixta; Orange & Almond Cake, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October 2021

10h00 to 16h00 - The Pool Room Wine Tasting

Our Discovery Range offers uncompromising quality and accessibility for all wine lovers.  Here, purity of fruit is key. Each label is hand-drawn, with its own unique story, borrowed from the annals of Oak Valley’s rich history.

 

12h00 to 15h30 - the Melting Pot will be open for lunch with their global inspired cuisine.  For the link to their menu click here.   Bookings are recommended via Dineplan or email meltingpot@oak-valley.co.za or phone  021 859 4111

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Paul Cluver Family Wines

We are celebrating spring with the Elgin Blossom Weekend in October.  Join us for a weekend of beautiful scenery and delicious meals.  Book one of our specials below:

Friday 1 October 2021

The Restaurant @Paul Cluver Family wines will be open for dinner

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October 2021

Blossom Breakfast Set Menu @ R150 pp

  • Apple and cinnamon fritters with caramel drizzle
  • Eggs benedict with local trout and citrus hollandaise
  • Cuppacino or Infusion teas

 

Leisurely Lunch Set Menu @ R250 pp

  • Elgin free-range chicken and tarragon pot pie with baby spring vegetables
  • Sticky chocolate fondant with citrus blossom ice-cream
  • A glass of Paul Cluver Village Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

 

Afternoon High Tea for Adults (Served from 14h00) @ R250 pp

  • A range of infusion teas
  • A glass of Paul Cluver Village Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir
  • Freshly baked scones with homemade jam and butter
  • Baby apple crumbles
  • Petit chocolate cupcakes with buttercream
  • Assorted finger sandwiches (cucumber & cream cheese; local trout & horseradish; egg mayonnaise)
  • Spinach and feta frittatas topped with caramelised onion
  • Cheese straws wrapped with cured ham

 

Afternoon High Tea for Children (Served from 14h00) @ R125 pp

  • Hot chocolate or apple juice
  • Scones with jam and cream
  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Finger sandwiches (cheese & ham; egg mayonnaise)
  • Crispy chicken strips

 

Wine Tasting 09h00 to 16h00 - Spring Selection tasting @ R50 pp

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PAUL WALLACE WINES

Saturday 2 October 2021

10h00 to 18h00 - Wine tasting is open.  Chocolate boxes to pair with wines (additional cost)

 

10h30 to 12h00 - Vertical tasting of Malbec.  Limited to 10 people.  Booking essential by WhatsApp to Nicky on 0832551884.  Cost @ R100 pp

 

All Day - Juno & Jax pop up store will be offering a selected range of clothing and accessories, scarves and hats, silver jewelry and gift items.

 

15h50 to 18h00 - A prize for the biggest Bass caught

 

Sunday 3 October 2021

10h00 to 16h00 - Wine tasting is open.  Chocolate boxes to pair with wines (additional cost)

 

All Day - Juno & Jax pop up store will be offering a selected range of clothing and accessories, scarves and hats, silver jewelry and gift items.

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South Hill Vineyards

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October 2021

We're celebrating the Elgin Blossom Weekend with a Spring Festival theme.  Join us for new vintage release wines, spring inspired food flavours, fabulous art and great all-time favourites - music by buskers, the Palm Spring Duo.

 

Contact us on events@southhill.co.za for more details or through to DinePlan to book your spot.

 

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Trails End Bike Hotel

Friday 1 October 2021 

Opening of Africa's First Bicycle Museum (by invitation only)

Trail's End Bicycle Hotel will be commemorating our 5th anniversary on 1 October 2021 with the unveiling of the Trail's End Bicycle Museum.  The motto of the museum is "Celebrating the Bicycle!".  Curated by Professor Mike Bruton, the installation is Africa’s first bicycle museum and is a fitting addition to the continent’s premier Bike Hotel. Famed for his interactive science centre conceptualization, Professor Bruton not only curated the installation but will also host an informative talk on the history of the bicycle

 

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October 2021

Elgin Bikes2Blossoms powered by Trail's End

A brand new event on the calendar, the Elgin Bikes2Blossoms entrants will be treated to two spectacular days of riding.  Local cycling coach, Lance Stephenson, designed the routes for the event and is offering 3 Elgin Bikes2Blossoms entrants the chance to win 1-on-1 skills training sessions with him.

 

Day 1 circumnavigates the Eikenhof Dam and covers a distance of 40km.   The singletracks the route takes in, include some of the famous A to Z Trails, Sean’s Cut Down as well as Willie’s Singletrack.

 

Day 2 heads towards Oak Valley and Paul Cluver and covers a distance of 41km.   The Witklippies, Rietvlei Magic and Fish Eagle Dam trails are among the highlights of the second day.

 

Entrance Fee:  R1100 per person.  The event’s entry fee includes a goodie bag, featuring a bottle of both Oak Valley and Paul Cluver’s award winning wines.

Mountain bikers can book their spot in the Elgin Bikes2Blossoms powered by Trail’s End online, at www.entryninja.com and visit www.overbergmtbevents.co.za for more information. Accommodation booking can be made via www.elgingrabouw.co.za or directly on www.trailsend.bike

 

 

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