South Africa’s very first Fig Festival is taking place at the Eksteen Family Farm in Paarl on Saturday, 1 April and Sunday, 2 April 2017.
The highlight for beer
by RedRock lovers, and only to be had at the festival, is that they can enjoy South Africa’s first official Fig Beer. Those preferring something lighter can enjoy the first Fig Cider and wine
by Bramptonwines lovers can treat their palates to some wonderful local wines from the Paardeberg region. For the thirsty, here are four drinks to try at this year’s event.
- Fig Blonde
- Fig Lager
- Fig Cider
- Fig juice
A number of community stalls will offer delectable treats such as fig jam, fig chutney, dried figs and even fig juice. Tasty fig burgers and fresh boerewors rolls made with a peppered fig boerewors and a fig and cheese pork sausage will help ease the hunger pains. Other food offerings include a food truck or two. A proper fig tasting of a few fig varietals will also be offered.
All these foods and drinks can be enjoyed in the covered tented area whilst savouring the sounds of some of SA’s best musicians. On the Saturday festival goers can enjoy the music of Chris Rain, Oh Jack!, the duo Twee and the four piece band of Newton & Co. Sunday sees Chris Rain, Gerry Liberty, Oh Jack! and Bottomless Coffee taking the stage for some soulful sounds.
The XTN Fig Festival will also offer a variety of activities for the whole family, including a tractor trip to the fig orchards via tractor, where the fig picking process will be explained to them. Hereafter the whole family can enjoy filling up the additional box with figs.
Entertainment for the little ones include a jumping castle, face-painting , and a petting zoo with sheep, goats, ducks and alpacas.
For the active adults and teens, a Run the Vines farm run is offered for the Saturday morning and and for the keen mountain bikers, there will be a Ride the Vines mountain bike ride on the Sunday morning, starting at 8am.
Only a limited number of tickets are available at R150pp (R50 entrance for kids aged 6 – 18) at www.computicket.com. Ticket price at R150 includes a stylish wine glass and a box of figs.
Venue times: 10:30 – 18:00 daily. Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18.
All proceeds of this family event will go towards establishing a Youth and Community Development Center on the farm for use by the XTN Foundation.