Welcome to the Apple Blossom Festival 2017. Elgin is known for its apples and pears and life in the Valley is attuned to the seasons. In Spring, we celebrate one of our most beautiful moments in nature as the apple blossoms burst into life and the orchards become a sea of white flowers. Come and eat, taste wine, picnic, harvest vegetables, see art, get into the outdoors and see the Valley in bloom. Give the kids a great day out – just one hour from Cape Town – or join the blossoms and bees and book to stay even longer.
Please contact us for further details:
Mobile. 060 609 0802
Harvest your own veggies and enjoy orchard picnics
Visit Terra Madre and harvest your own vegetables, then stay for a lunch or a generous picnic filled with gourmet goodies to enjoy right next to the orchards. Friday and Saturday only. Buy your Bee Box of bee-friendly plant seeds right here! Booking is essential.
A beautiful day out and accommodation deal
Galileo Farm will be hosting a picnic with live music from noon till 3pm on 28 October at their gorgeous venue The Shed. The Rivertones Reggae band will be setting the mood for this family-friendly day of feasting. Bring your own picnic and any alcoholic drinks (ice and ice buckets provided) or buy food on site. Entry is R150 per head, with no charge for children under 8. R5 from every ticket will go to The Bee Effect. Booking essential. Why not make Galileo your holiday destination too – their three nights for the price of two deal (October only) is too good to ignore.
BBQ with the bees and get silly
The Hickory Shack is having a Pimp Your Beard stand. Dress up your own beard or select a fake one and pimp it up with springtime decorations for a #Blossomwatch selfie-snap. Donate R30 to The Bee Effect, please! Your snap may win a platter for you and a group of friends. After your BBQ feasting, walk into the orchards and see the prettiness. The Smokehouse Blowout happens every Saturday night when 1kg of BBQ ribs is just R150.
Pairings in paradise and busy bee walks
Head for the mind-blowing Lothian House & Wine Estate with the whole family. The kids will keep busy in our Bee & Blossom kiddies corner, packed with colouring-in kit, face-painting & dress up packs, while you enjoy our delicious Country Tapas & Lothian Wine Pairing platters at R165pp (you will need to book 24 hours in advance). Followed by honey hive estate walks (blossoms, proteas & fynbos in full bloom). We’ll also have our Lothian honey, bee food & bee friendly plants for sale. Visits by appointment only.
Chocolate, wine, picnics and a great accommodation deal
Pair handmade chocolate with premium Elgin wine at Paul Wallace Wines. Book ahead to picnic alongside the picture-perfect dam (wine from Paul Wallace only please). Picnics can be ordered from Terra Madre, or bring your own. A R30 fee for use of the picnic spot as well as R30 for fishing (catch and release only) will be donated to The Bee Effect. Grab this opportunity to book their 20% Sunday to Thursday rates for accommodation, only in October!
Fly with the bees
Cape Canopy Tour will be flying with the bees. Purchase your Bee Box of bee-friendly seeds after you experience a flight of your own!
Walk with the birds and bees
Walk into the wilds with Wildekrans Country House as an expert guide takes you on an 8km walk into the Groenland Conservancy to spot the signs of spring. The experience includes a snack pack, wine tasting, walking stick, all the necessary insurance and a fabulous (well-deserved) lunch. The cost is R685 per person with R30 going to The Bee Effect. Booking is essential, walks happen by appointment only and only in October. Why not book to stay over at this luxurious guest house too.
Fun for busy bees, long lazy days for parents
South Hill is celebrating the blossoms with a cellar art exhibition, part of an ongoing series of art on barrels. Taste South Hill wines with a honey-infused pairing and taste your way through honey-inspired menu items this October. Children will make a bee-line for the Busy Bee activity corner where fun, knowledge-building activities will be taking place whilst their parents unwind in the restaurant. Make a booking today.
Honey goes gourmet
Elgin’s gourmet farm-to-fork restaurant The Pool Room, is celebrating all things honey, with honey-infused desserts carrying a R5 donation to the Bee Effect. Visit their deli for all sorts of honey delights (R10 per item will be donated to the Bee Effect) and buy Bee Boxes filled with bee-friendly plant seeds. Booking essential, especially on weekends.
Art, bees and blossoms
Almenkerk Wine Estate is hosting an art exhibition called Buzzted that features artworks relating to bees. Walk this indoor-outdoor pop-up exhibition and taste wine in their breathtaking contemporary tasting room. Pre-order a picnic from Terra Madre (but please wine from Almenkerk only) or bring your own (they provide crockery and cutlery) and enjoy the gardens and view for R30 (donated to the bees). Kids play area too!
Blossom runs, bikes and a great accommodation deal
Africa’s first bike hotel Trail’s End will open the Festival on 1 October with a spectacular trail run through private orchards in blossom. Return to the hotel for some live music, food and a bar. On the 14 Oct you can also join in on the Apple Blossom race, a one-of-a-kind experience in the Valley (grab 15% off accommodation on 1 and 14 Oct at Trail’s End). Keen for a longer stay? Grab great 20% off deals on accommodation from Sunday-Thursday (October only). Family rooms available. Be sure to book your bikes (of all sizes) ahead of time!
Full days of play, plenty to eat
Visit Old Mac Daddy’s Barn Restaurant for spring-inspired delights (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and spectacular views and then book to linger on this fabulous farm and play with zorbs, stand-up paddles, archery and more. Book into their eclectic range of accommodation to make it a real relax.
There wouldn’t be blossoms without bees and there wouldn’t be bees without blossoms. We have partnered with The Bee Effect to highlight the vital importance of the bees. Buy the Bee Food boxes where you see them and support all the Festival participants who are donating something to The Bee Effect in the month of October.