Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza and Wine Festival, 12-13 March 2016
Pizza and wine… Positively two of my favourite words. Which is why I am so chuffed about the inaugural Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival taking place this weekend, 12 and 13 March.

Break the ice with a cocktail at The Bus Stop – a 1980 Ford Bedford bus which has been converted into a mobile bar – and then hop on over to the oyster and bubbly bar.

After this you should be about ready to unwind on the sprawling lawns of Welmoed Farm or in the shaded area of Bistro 13 as you sample the selection of wines on offer from the Stellenbosch Vineyards portfolio.

Pair your tipple with the mouthwatering pizza choices on offer. You name it, they’ll have it – from traditional, to banting to flamenkuchen. Live entertainment will be provided by Newton and Co and there’ll be entertainment for the kids too, so make this a fun family day out. Tickets cost R120 per person and include entry, a tasting glass, tasting coupons and the live entertainment. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day. Book directly via Webtickets.

Muratie Harvest Festival, Saturday 12 March 2016
The Melck family are once again hosting their annual Harvest Festival at Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch this Saturday. The festival, which takes place under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate, is a celebratory family event featuring good food, fine wine, live music and lots of fun stomping the newly harvested grapes.

A selection of delicious meals and cold drinks will be on sale and Muratie’s full range of wines will be available for purchase. Join Rijk Melck at noon for a fascinating talk about the characters after whom their wines are named. Then relax and enjoy a memorable afternoon of live music performed by the popular Kitchen Jammin Blues Band. The festival starts at 11:30 and tickets are R50 per person. To avoid disappointment, book your tickets in advance. For further information contact Jean-Mari Strauss at Muratie on 021 865 2330 or

Easter at Anthonij Rupert Wyne
Fancy letting someone else do the cooking this Easter? Then head to Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek for an Easter inspired picnic on Sunday, 27 March. In your gourmet basket you will find freshly baked artisanal bread, delicious pâté, cured meats and a selection of fine cheeses plus crunchy seasonal salads. An Easter egg (or two) for those with a sweet tooth makes for the perfect ending. Children under the age of 10 can enjoy their own yummy Easter treats in between the lawn games planned for their entertainment. Pre-book your picnic at R480 per basket (serving two to three adults, wine excluded), and R60 per child for their picnic hamper. Book your tickets at Webtickets.

Easter at Webersburg
If you’d rather spend Easter Sunday out Stellenbosch way, head on over to the exquisite Webersburg estate for an indulgent 3-course lunch prepared by executive chef, Nadia Roux. Nestled on the slopes of the Helderberg, Webersburg boasts some of the most exquisite views in the Cape winelands. Spending the day there is hardly a hardship, and with the food on offer, even more so.

We’re talking lip-licking stuff here. Things like quail Scotch eggs on roasted beetroot with roasted garlic aioli. And slow roasted belly pork with sweet potato and ginger mash and a rooibos & thyme jus. Got your attention yet? It’s a set lunch with numerous options for each course. This is not kiddie stuff, so fortunately your wee ones will be able to take their pic from the kids’ a la carte menu.

A live band will be performing and Webersburg will be thrilling the kids with a jumping castle, an Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt. The cost is R380 per person and booking is essential. If a picnic is more to your liking, there’s that option too. Call (021) 881 3636 or mail