Boland wineries celebrate indigenous ‘waterblommetjie’ with wine

Four Paarl wine producers are celebrating the annual waterblommetjie season at the Waterblommetjie Festival on Saturday, 1 September, from 09h00 till 16h00.  This indigenous, edible flower is only in season during late winter and early spring and will be showcased in a variety of ways during a fun-filled day.

 

Boland Cellar, Domaine Brahms, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and Windmeul Cellar are located within a 5km radius, which makes it easy for festival goers to visit all four participating wineries.  Each venue has its own signature waterblommetjie dishes, fantastic wines and amazing entertainment.

 

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.

 

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.

 

And what would a “waterblommetjie” dish be without a glass of fine wine!

Rhebokskloof is certainly a family-friendly stop with loads of activities for young and old.  Kids can enjoy traditional games, pony rides, face-painting, zorbing and amazing jumping castles, while the grown-ups sample a variety of waterblommetjie dishes, including chef Caro’s ever popular waterblommetjie 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 music by the band Tequila will keep the good times rolling.

 

Windmeul will be hosting their customary potjiekos competition, which will also feature their cellar master’s original waterblommetjie 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 waterblommetjie and wine pairing session will be presented.  Limited seats are available.  A dedicated play area with a jungle gym is available for younger visitors.

 

Free entry to all four venues can be secured with the donation of one tin of canned food per vehicle.  The food will go to the official festival charity The Haven Night Shelter in Paarl.  Collect a stamp from all four participants in the festival passport to qualify for amazing prizes such as gift vouchers and product hampers.

 

For more information, visit www.waterblommetjiefees.com.  To make reservations for special tastings and demonstrations, contact the individual participants:

Boland Cellar:  0218721766; info@bolandkelder.co.za

Domaine Brahms:  021 869 8570; brahms1@iafrica.com

Rhebokskloof: 021 869 8386; functions@rhebokskloof.co.za

Windmeul: 021 869 8100; windmeul@iafrica.com

 

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