18 September 2018 Read: 401
There are two venues where visitors can celebrate the coming of spring this year. The Magoebaskloof Spring Festival at Magoebaskloof Hotel will take place from 22 – 30 September and the Haenertsburg Spring market will take place in Haenertsburg Village from 22 – 24 September.
For 34 years the Festival has delighted visitors with its array of hand crafted delights. As an NPO, it takes pride in giving craftsmen a platform to sell their creations. This year there are baskets in all shapes and sizes from Siloe School for the Blind; HiKurile’s beautiful bags and table sets; Annelle Murray’s range of jewellery from a master craftsman; Wrought iron work; beads galore from Patricia, Wilbur and Dennis; artists Pieter de Beer and Renier Oosthuizen’s paintings; Johann and Tinus’s pottery; Liz McGaffin’s collection of plants from azaleas to indigenous flowers to flowering cherry saplings; Toban McMahon’s handcrafted knives. There will also be wooden and educational toys as well as squashy dolls for children.
Food aficionados can enjoy Magriet’s delicious cakes and rusks, Wegraakbosch’s interesting organic cheeses and their famous chorizo sausage; a garlic stall with garlic products; Mankwana’s jams, and an array of tasty treats. After your shopping spree, relax on the hotel patio with its spectacular view, and enjoy a coffee or the local Zwakala beer.
More food choices at the Village Hall are pap and kaaings, pancakes, rib burgers, Greek souvlaki , espetadas, stir fries, pizzas, ice creams and designer cupcakes. There are also organic cheeses, pickles, preserves, and halaal and vegan dishes. The Iron Crown Pub and Bistro will have its beer garden behind the Village Hall with live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
The Old Packhouse Distillery will be offering their award winning gins and will also launch their first batch of handcrafted rum. Joining them is Flow Stone Gin from the Cradle of Humankind. Wine tasting from selected wine estates will be on offer and elegant branded wine glasses will be on sale. The stalls will be spread throughout the village, from Red Plate to the Village Hall and beyond. Erie and Laurie Railton will be selling plants such as Japanese maples and azaleas.
There are designated parking areas and parking will not be allowed in the main road. Friendly parking attendants will direct visitors to the various areas.
There will be a Spring Farm Run of 3 and 10km on Blueberry Heights Farm on 22 September. Enter on www.blueberryheights.co.za or on the day. Cheerio Gardens, Kuhestan Organic Farm and Sequoia Garden Retreat will be ready for spring with masses of azaleas in shades of mauve, pink and white, flowering cherry blossoms, may flowers and a host of other spring flowers. These gardens are famous for their beauty and there are enchanting winding pathways on Cheerio Gardens, an azalea maze on Kuhestan Organic Farm and interesting little corners at Sequoia Garden Retreat.