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 Festivals, Carnivals and Events   NEAR CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

EVENTS CALENDAR | AUGUST

| Hermanus Times Kalfiefees (Whale Calf Festival) | Hermanus Wine and Food Festival |The Big Bottle Festival |
| McGregor Food and Wine 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.


 

Hermanus Times Kalfiefees (Whale Calf Festival)

AUGUST CALENDAR

Where: Hermanus, Cape Overberg Whale Coast
When: 2nd week in August

The Southern Right Whales spend their winters far south in the frigid waters of Antarctica and then move north to mate and calf. They start arriving off the southern coast of South Africa around June every year. The Hermanus Calf Festival could be likened to a welcoming party of sorts as the humans on land celebrate their arrival.

Left: Hermanus Whale Crier | Right: Southern Right Whales swim very close to shore.

During the festival many of South Africa’s best music, drama and comedy entertainers converge on this small coastal town to offer all who join in a week of family fun. Of course an added highlight is to watch the whales just off shore as they frolic in the ocean. Booking for the festival is not essential but tickets must be purchased for individual performances by entertainers. While in Hermanus consider a boat trip to view the whales up close.

The Whale Calf Festival is a prelude to the Hermanus Whale Festival held each September:


Hermanus Whale Festival 2012 - Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

[1:43 min] [Attribution: Grootbos Reserve]

Whales, local wines, fine dining and an inspiring selection of arts and culture...these are the attractions of the annual Whale Festival held in Hermanus.

As always, Grootbos would like to invite you for this one-of-a-kind spectacle and guide you in discovering everything this unique coastline has to offer. That's why we've created a Whale Festival Special just for you.


Booking essential: Yes
Book at: Computicket or Call Center/Information: 0861 915 8000
Ticket sales limited: Yes

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Hermanus Wine and Food Festival

AUGUST CALENDAR

Where: Hermanus, Cape Overberg Whale Coast
When: 2nd week in August

The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival held at the Wine Village has been rated as one of the top 10 wine and food festivals in South Africa. It is held around the same time as the Hermanus Kalfiefees (Calf Festival). The wine growing region of Elgin and Elim near Hermanus has grown from 6 to over 70 producers in 20 years and is now exporting its wines.

Hermanus Wine and Food Festival

Photos by Wine Village, Hermanus

Local restaurants and chefs cook up a storm to delight all tastes and wines are on sale at cellar door prices.

Booking essential: Yes
Book at: Computicket or Call Center/Information: 0861 915 8000
Ticket sales limited: Yes

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The Big Bottle Festival

AUGUST CALENDAR

Where: Constantia, Cape Town (The Cellars - Hohenhort Hotel)
When: A weekend in late August

An oversized bottle of wine is not a common site when purchasing wine. It is a size often only presented at a special event such as a wedding or graduation. During the Big Bottle Festival, wineries showcase their wines best wines in Big Bottles. Exhibitors at the event are by invitation only. Therefore only the best wines and estates are represented. In 2013, 40 producers and importers were invited to present their wines.

The Big Bottle Festival, Constantia

Photos by the Big Bottle Festival

Chefs from South Africa’s top restaurants and the chef of the year are also invited to prepare sumptuous meals for guests while they enjoy the wines. The event includes Champagne tasting, a Champagne breakfast and Big Bottle walk around. 

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

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McGregor Food and Wine Festival

AUGUST CALENDAR

Where: McGregor, Western Cape
When: Last weekend in August


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Every year for the past 12 years in the small town of McGregor, the wine estates, restaurants and entertainers come together in a festival of food and wine. It is held in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall in town and is one of the most affordable festivals in the country. Local restaurants and chefs design special festival menus to pair with McGregor’s finest wines during the festival.

Children are entertained with face painting, activities and characters and wine collectors will benefit from healthy discounts on cases of wine. Visitors can stroll through a craft market where artists and crafters exhibit their fine creations and are entertained by an assortment of music.

Booking essential: Yes
Book at: McGregor Tourism Food and Wine Festival
Ticket sales limited: Yes

Explore the Cape Overberg when visiting McGregor.

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