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Riebeek Valley Olive Festival: Sat 2 – Sun 3 May 2015

May 1, 2015


Enjoy a weekend of olive and wine tasting, art and live entertainment!

A little over an hour’s drive from us at Penny Lane Lodge, the otherwise sleepy Riebeek Valley comes alive on the first weekend of May each year to host the largest olive event of its kind in Southern Africa. Established as the primary olive oil and olive producing region in South Africa, the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival is hosted by the beautiful twin hamlets of Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel.

The Riebeek Valley not only boasts four of the top olive producers in the country, it is also home to two Italian trained olive oil graders. The wines from the Swartland are also of an extraordinary quality and very much in demand winning prestigious local and international awards.

Winner of the West Coast Tourism Awards in the “tourism event” category the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival offers every imaginable twist on olives and olive oils, preserves and tapenades, as well as a wide selection of olive-based beauty products.

Although the olive is the star attraction, the event has a lot more to offer. Aside from olive sampling sessions, festival-goers can also fill up on cheese tastings and enjoy a range of jams, preserves, deli products, fresh produce and freshly baked breads on offer at the estates.

olive fest view

Events and activities running throughout the weekend include art exhibitions, performance-art shows, music, dance and acting. For the young ones there are plenty of activities including face painting and jumping castles.

The Riebeek Fresh and Funky Market also springs up for the duration of the festival. This quirky outdoor bazaar is a real country affair, with good home-cooked food and locally made arts, crafts, handmade clothing and delightful gourmet goodies.

A shuttle service, included in the ticket price, will take festival-goers from the central hub of the Olive Emporium in the town’s square to the other seven participating venues: Kloovenburg, The Olive Boutique, Riebeek Cellars, Het Vlock Casteel, Pulpit Rock Winery, Allesverloren and Groenrivier.

olive fest end

Weekend passes for the food and wine festival are available via or on the day at any of the participating venues. Adults cost R70 per person; under 18s are free. Tickets include access to all eight venues. Tasting glasses and tasting coupons are available to purchase throughout the weekend at participating venues.

For more information:
T 022 448 1545


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