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 Festivals, Carnivals and Events   NEAR CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA


| Constantia Food and Wine Festival | South African Cheese Festival | South African Navy Festival |

Read more: A month-by-month Calendar of our featured Western Cape carnivals, festivals and other events: celebrating the Cape's cuisine, wine, history, culture and traditions.


Constantia Food and Wine Festival


Where: Constantia, Cape Town
When: 2nd week in April

The Constantia Valley is becoming a premier destination for food and wine lovers. There are numerous restaurants to choose from and during the festival more than 40 of the region’s best wines are presented for tasting. Tickets include 10 tastings. Cuisine from some of the Valley's award winning restaurants will also be available to pair with the wines.

Constantia Food and Wine Festival

Photos by Constantia Food and Wine Festival

Along with incredible food and wine there is live entertainment and an activity area for the children.

Booking essential: Yes
Book at: WebTickets
Ticket sales limited: Yes

Read more about the Cape Winelands and the Constantia Valley Wine Route.

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South African Cheese Festival


Where: Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch
When: Late in April

In 2013 the South African Cheese Festival entered its 12th year. It has grown over the years and at last count offered tasting of 400 different cheeses.

The taste sensation doesn’t stop there, however. More mouth watering delicacies on offer include exhibits of toffees, wines, candy, olives, nuts and a variety of breads.

South African Cheese Festival

Left: Ladismith Evening | Right: Simonsberg Visitors
Photos by South African Cheese Festival

For visitors looking for new recipe and cooking ideas, the festival theatres put on a number of shows where experts cook up a storm, providing new inspiration on how to prepare and serve cheeses.

SA Cheese Festival 2012

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This foodie highlight takes cheese lovers on an unrivalled culinary journey where the remarkable assortment of artisanal cheeses, dairy and other partnering products will entice the senses.

Combine a great day out in the country with an opportunity to meet and learn from an array of exciting culinary talent.

For the little members of any family a festival could become boring but the organizers have included a kiddies area where professional entertainers and games will keep them busy. There is also an area where visitors young and old can see how cows and goats are milked.

Booking essential: Yes
Book at: Computicket
Ticket sales limited: Yes

Read more about the Cape Winelands and the Stellenbosch Wine Route.

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South African Navy Festival


Where: Simon's Town on False Bay, Cape Town
When: Late March, early April

The festival offers a rare glimpse into the day to day life of the navy. It showcases gun run displays, Navy Band performances, precision drill exhibitions, a display by the Maritime Reaction Squadron, Lynx & Oryx Helicopters and more. The public have a chance to go aboard war ships and inside a submarine and then there are tug rides and cannon firings.

It is an incredible day out for the whole family and a complete thrill for navy or military enthusiasts. Look out for the parade through Simon’s Town, SA Navy sword drill and the night shoot. What is more amazing is that it is all free.

Navy Day

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An outstanding three day event open to the public.

Go on deck of the South African Navy's ships, even under water into a submarine. Cannons firing, air sea rescue, fighting off pirates, helicopters, bands, events & displays -- too much to fit into just one fun filled family day. This event should not be missed.

Booking essential: No booking required. This is a free event.
Book at: N/A
Ticket sales limited: N/A

While in Simon's Town, tour a submarine at the Naval Museum!

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