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Something for everyone: from wine tasting to mountain biking…

June 17, 2011

It may seem a bit quiet sometimes during the winter months here in Somerset West, but it’s easy to find something to do in the local area.  Here’s just some of what’s happening just up the road from us at Penny Lane Lodge.

The Vodacom Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch
Monday, 13 June 2011 to Sunday, 10 July 2011

The award-winning Vodacom Funny Festival showcases stand-up comedy from some of the best local and international performers. 2011 artists include Alan Committie, Carl Wastie, Shimmy Isaacs and Eugene Khosa all from SA , together with Kalki Henenberg (Australia), Miss Ro (Korea) and Kev Orkian (UK). Experience the best in stand-up comedy this winter at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre with talent from across the world and of course our very own local talent.

South African National Quilt Festival at the Bloemhof Girls’ School, Stellenbosch
Friday, 01 July 2011 to Thursday, 07 July 2011

The Good Hope Quilters’ Guild is holding the annual South African National Quilt Festival in Stellenbosch.

There will be exciting workshops, lectures and demonstrations that will be very interesting for quilters of all varieties. Come and buy some new, beautiful fabrics from the vendors to create your masterpieces and learn new techniques.

For more information, telephone +27 (0)21 531-1728

Chamber Music Festival, Stellenbosch University
Friday, 08 July 2011 to Sunday, 17 July 2011

The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival gives talented young South African musicians the opportunity to study, perform and be inspired. A ten day festival puts both South Africa and Stellenbosch University of the international music calendar.

Every year a select number of both national and international institutions are requested to send a representative student group to the festival. The musicians are aged between 12 and 28 years and there are approximately 200 of them. They perform in a variety of concerts which culminate in performances by the Festival Symphony and Festival Concert Orchestra which are made up of these participants. There are also public master classes that take place throughout the festival.

This is a wonderful opportunity for both the participants and those who love chamber music. Come and listen to the beautiful melodies from the pianos, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.

For more information, telephone +27 (0)21 808-2343 or +27 (0)21 808-2358

Stellenbosch Wine Festival, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
Thursday, 28 July 2011 to Sunday, 31 July

The annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival plays host to thousands of local and international visitors. A comprehensive programme of festivities includes an opportunity to taste over 500 wines, meet winemakers and watch professional chefs compete in cooking competitions.

Other highlights include historic tours, food, arts and crafts, related product and foods stalls, as well as a children’s entertainment area.

For more information, telephone: +27 (0)21 886-4310 or click on this link.

Die Burger Mountain Bike Challenge, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
Saturday, 30 July 2011

Now in its sixth year, Die Burger MTB Challenge takes place on Saturday, 30 July, and will be hosted at the Markötter Fields (Paul Roos Gymnasium) in Stellenbosch. The event, which is renowned for its challenging and picturesque routes, will also be held in association with the Simonsberg Conservancy and will boast four scenic routes to cater for all levels of riding.

The Routes:
Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, who has been designing and maintaining mountain bike trails for over ten years, says that the four routes will pass through more than 20 wine farms, giving riders the opportunity to tackle some of the best and most beautiful trails in the country.

The 60km route will traverse several local mountains and is not for the faint hearted. Riders can look forward to some serious climbing, technical descents and lots of single track. While the winner is expected to finish in approximately three hours, the average participant will take between four and five hours to complete the demanding course.

The 42km is a tough challenge and not for beginners, which will mirror the 60km route up until Delheim Wine Estate from where they will head back towards the R301 and Stellenbosch.

The 30km route follows a relatively flat course towards Spier Wine Estate and is perfect for those who think the 15km will be too short, but don’t feel like tackling the climbs of the 42km. This is usually one of the most popular routes of the event.

The 15km has proven itself as perfect for novices and follows a shortened version of the 30km route with identical start and finish sections.

“For the second year there will be a 75km Ultra route, which is open by invitation only and to a limited field of about 200 riders, thereby attracting the best of the best in the mountain biking fraternity,” adds Botha.

Entries will close on the 18 July, or as soon as the 3500 entry limit is reached.

Contact: Dirtopia Trail Centre on +27 (0)21 884-4752 for further event enquiries.

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