Riebeek Valley’s Olive Festival is coming up… next week!


Don't miss out!


A little bird (or was it a little black sheep?)  reminded me that Riebeek Valley’s Olive Festival is next week.  Thanks Derick, I wouldn’t want to miss out again after hearing people rave about it for years (my sister nearly bought a property there on a whim due to the said festival!).  

This egte South African event is happening from 30th April until 2nd May in and around Riebeek Kasteel.  The area is a food & wine hotspot so it’s not only about olives.  It just means that you’ll be in your element if you’re mad about olives.  In which case you’ll have to get hold of the festival route map – apparently it lists 23 different stops where you can taste and learn about olives and various olive products.     

Local wines and traditional South African food will be available at the Food Village.  That’s where I’m planning to spend Sunday.  And while I’m there I’m totally going to check out Bar Bar Black Sheep again.  They’ve lined up a special olive festival menu which you can read about on their website http://www.bbbs.co.za.  

Looking at BBBS’s scrumptious offering, I’m thinking Grilled and Marinated Artichoke Salad (‘artichoke hearts grilled and marinated in olive oil, garlic, coarse salt and rosemary served on top of greens with black and green olives with a chopped parsley and lemon rind dressing’), Viskoekies (‘very traditional and made with snoek, pan fried and baked in the oven – served with ginger and cinnamon sweet potato and a pineapple and coriander sambal’) .  But then there’s the Roasted Tomato and Olive Risotto (‘creamy Risotto warmed with roasted tomato and olive sauce – served with whole roasted tomato, basil pesto and parmesan’) too and and and….  

The question is HOW does one fit it all in?   

Perhaps the answer is to go up on Saturday and spend the night.  Will have to check out the accommodation situation at http://www.riebeekvalley.info.  

Should you have any questions about the festival, you can contact the festival organiser, Nichola Hodgson on 082 896 5022 or via email nichola@phatcatz.co.zavvv (she can fill you in on tastings, art, music,the kids play area et al).  

If you want to know more about what’s happening at Bar Bar Black Sheep Restaurant during the festival, call 022 488 1031 or email bbbs@telkomsa.net .  Alternatively, check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Riebeek-Kasteel-Western-Cape-South-Africa/Bar-Bar-Black-Sheep-Restaurant/99492701620?ref=ts  


6 thoughts on “Riebeek Valley’s Olive Festival is coming up… next week!

  1. Mature piece – quite a radical switch over from goofie girl foodie but more useful in terms of content and, as we all know – content is king. You should invite readers who visited the festival to comment on their experiences. Close the loop, spread the meme, love the food x

    1. Bladewarrior, do you miss the goofie girl foodie? I am still finding my way with ‘the voice’ thing… that is, what my natural writing style actuallly is… so expect some more chopping and changing!

  2. Riebeek-Kasteel is a favourite place of mine. We used to go there quite often and usually stayed in the Royal Hotel … aah, bliss. I will have to miss the Olive Festival this year (yet again) – in the midst of the editing project, deadlines looming (and I’m escaping to Hermanus for a day and a half tomorrow!)

  3. I have the same reaction to that part of the world, although Prince Albert is my favourite. Busy reading a book called The Plains of Camdeboo – about life in the Karoo… will share some bites as I go along! Hope all is going well with your editing M x

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