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  1. 1. Page |1UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE GARDEN ROUTE FOR 2012See our specials on accommodation under our specials sectionSedgefield Slow FestivalWhen: Thursday, 05 April 2012 to Monday, 09 April 2012 Where: Sedgefield Categories: Annual Festivals/ Charity Events / Entertainment Remember when people had fun without television, cell phones and computers? When all kids could ride bikes and played outdoors all day? Well, Slow Festival is all about having fun the old-fashioned way. Celebrating the great outdoors in and around the sea- side town of Sedgefield, the Slow Festival includes a wide range of activities for all ages and interests. Events include: a geo-treasure hunt, boules tournament, paragliding challenge, fun dog walk, music trivia evening, kite flying, trail run,mountainbike challenge, food and wine pairing evening, beach dance party, street parade, Easter Bunnybeach fling, sand sculpting challenge, Miss Slow Fest beauty pageant and a whole lot more! Proceeds ofevents go to local charities, schools and organisations.Sedgefield was declared Africas first Cittaslow Town in October 2010. Inspired by the concept of slowfood, Cittaslow is a worldwide membership organisation promoting quality of life and resisting fast-lanelifestyle. Cittaslow (which literally means slow city) originated in Italy in 1999 and represents nearly 100towns across the world. Abiding by a list of values aimed at improving quality of life, registered Cittaslowtowns celebrate diversity of cultures and promote the specialties of their own people and surroundingsWhile most people live by their watches, the Sedgefield Slow Festival will offer the time to enjoy,appreciate and savour. Website: http://www.slowfestival.co.za/ Garden Route EventsKnysna Speed FestivalWhen: Saturday, 12 May 2012 to Sunday, 20 May 2012 Where: Knysna Categories: Annual Festivals /Charity Events / Outdoor EventsThe Knysna Speed Festival welcomes you to Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route. This years Knysna Speed Festival is sure to entertain any and all speed lovers from all across South Africa for a week of pure adrenalin and fun filled action for the whole family! The Knysna Speed Festival story began in 2009 with the running of the first Knysna Hillclimb. From humble beginnings the event exploded in 2010 and, although it is a relatively new fixture on the South African motorsport calendar, it has immediately positioned itself as one of the premier events on the South African motorsport scene.While the Hillclimb will always remain the core event, the Knysna Speed Festival will be far more than justa single motorsport race. The festival will incorporate a variety of events that will not only benefit charities
  2. 2. Page |2and provide significant economic benefit for the town of Knysna, but will offer exciting activities forparticipants and spectators.In addition to the Renault Knysna Hillclimb, events to be included in the festival are the Knysna MotorShow, the Knysna Kart Grand Prix, Knysna Slot Car challenge, Knysna Soap Box Derby, and the KnysnaSpeed Festival Charity Golf Day.Knysna Oyster FestivalWhen: Friday, 06 July 2012 to Sunday, 15 July 2012 Where: Knysna Categories: Annual Festivals /Entertainment / Food & Wine / Outdoor EventsThe Knysna Oyster Festival is probably one of the most popular annual events in the Western Cape. It is also something of a celebration of the good life and sport and has taken place every year since 1983, where it began as the Knysna Winter Festival - a combination of sport that rew people to Knysna during the quiet winter season. Marketed as the Best 10 Days of Your Winter, the Knysna Oyster festival is spread across two weekends that promise constant fun and activities for the whole family. The sport aspect of the Oyster Festival has evolved into two major sporting events - the Pick n Pay Cape Times Forest Marathon (half marathon), and the Pick nPay Weekend Argus Rotary Cycle Tour, now a two-day event that is the biggest of its kind in the country.The 2010 Knysna Oyster Festival promises almost 100 mid-week events that include some exciting newadditions: The Geo Oyster Geocaching Competition (a fun way to navigate around the greater KnysnaBasin), the Pick n Pay Fun Event for the disabled (the first time the Oyster Festival is hosting a sports eventfor disabled competitors), the Navigation Drift Dive Challenge (an attempt by scuba divers to navigate theirway under water from The Heads to Thesens Jetty without surfacing), and the Night of 1 000 Pictures(two-night exhibition of photography, illustrations and paintings to raise funds for the Knysna Hospice bylocal artists).Other mid-week events will include the Wade Bales Wine Festival, the Pick n Pay Oyster and Wine MardiGras, the Knysna Lyster Company Shucking Competition and sports events such as the Scottish LeaderWhisky Bowls Tournament and the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays Waitron Race.But of course the stars of the show are undoubtedly the oysters, served naked, cooked or garnished atover 30 local Tabasco Hotspots throughout the festiGarden Route EventsKnysna Cycle TourWhen: Saturday, 07 July 2012 to Sunday, 08 July 2012 Where: Knysna Categories: Sporting Events Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour: The Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour is part of the prestigious Mazda Mountain Bike Marathon Series. Mountain Bike Events take place on Saturday 7 July and the road race events on Sunday 8 July. Distance(s): Mazda Marathon 85km. FPC Half-marathon 42km. There is also a 15km fun ride
  3. 3. Page |3Race Day: Saturday 7 JulyLocation: Knysna, Western Cape Venue: Loerie Park, George Rex Drive, Knysna Contact: Zandile on 044 -382 1129 Website: http://www.knysnacycle.co.za/ Wedge Classic When: Dates to be confirmed (Tuesday, 10 July 2012 to Monday, 16 July 2012) Where:Plettenberg Bay Categories: Outdoor Events / Sporting Events This is South Africas biggest bodyboardingcontest and Pletts longest running event!As the 3rd and final events before the S.A Champs on the SA Body Boarding Association circuit with pointscounting towards the crowning of the SABA champions this is an event not to be missed.The event expects to attract more than 150 entrants many of whom are South Africas best bodyboarders.The contestants come from all around the country and are ready to battle each other for the coveted "Kingof the Wedge" title.In addition to the bodyboarding, the South African Jet Ski Association will be having the 6th leg of theirNational Series in the Bay on Saturday the 16th. The race will include some of South Africas best Jet SkiRacers, including 3 former world champions, 12 Riders who have represented South Africa internationally, and many other local riders. There are 6 different divisions with 3 races in each, so there will be 18 exciting and thrilling heats of top quality Jet Ski racing! The Wedge in Plett is one of South Africas most famous and desired bodyboarding venues and this event has a long standing tradition in South Africa. A firm favourite on the body boarding calendar. Come and support these contestants as the beach should be as busy as the waves. Venue: The Wedge (Plettenberg Bay) Rating: 5A Classification:National Circuit More Info: Telephone +27(0)82 321-8177Knysna Forest MarathonWhen: Saturday, 14 July 2012 Where: Knysna Categories: Annual Festivals / Marathons & Half Marathons/ Sporting EventsThe Knysna Forest Marathon is held annually during the Knysna Oyster Festival and is always a great success. Participants can take place in either the 42.2km full marathon or the 21.1km half-marathon. This is a favourite on the running calendar. Entries are limited to 1000 runners for the full marathon and 5500 for the half, so it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. Race Starting Times: Full Marathon: 07h00, Half Marathon 08h00 Contact: Moses on +27 (0)44 382-6880 Garden Route Events
  4. 4. Page |4Vodashop George Cheese FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Sunday, 29 July 2012 to Tuesday, 31 July 2012) Where: George Categories:Annual Festivals / Entertainment / Food & Wine3 Days of Cheese, Wine, Food, music & Fun all under one roof. R55 buys you entrance to all demo sessions, tastings and music is free. 77 Cheese, Wine & Food exhibitors, Live Music, 9 Restaurants, Full Bar, Smoking Lounge, Coffee Bar. Cheese & Wine pairing session: Brandy & Belgian Chocolate pairing sessions. Food Theatre: interactive cooking demos with Top SA Chefs. Champagne with Cheese, Oysters & Strawberrys! Supervised Childrens Area for under 10s and a play park for older children. Venue: Outeniqua Primary School, Cathedral Street, George Contact: Info Line: 082 032 4589 Please Note: Dates for thisevent to be confirmed.Tramonto Wedding RunWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 20 August 2012) Where: George Categories: Annual Festivals /Sporting EventsAfter a very successful event in 2010 with over 300 athletes competing this event will only grow from strength to strength. Come and enjoy a fantastic day out at the Tramonto Wedding Run in George. Sports enthusiasts can take part in either the 5km or 10km race or the 5km couples rn. There are also a host of lucky draws and great prizes to be won, not to mention fantasic entertainment. Also on offer is a hot breakfast buffet and a variety of food stalls, so if youre not running you can keep yourself busy. The Brides Dash is something fun and exciting, so make sure you dont miss out. This is a 1km dash that is perfect for all brides, futurebrides, past brides, brides to be or those pretending to be brides. Get your wedding gear on and get readyto run!Venue: Tramonto Function Venue Telephone: +27 (0)44 870-7150NRL Wines Trade ShowWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 20 August 2012 to Tuesday, 21 August 2012) Where: GeorgeCategories: Annual Festivals / Food & Wine NRL wines will be showcasing a variety of wines from different winemakers all around the Garden Route and Cape Winelands. Gourmet dinner with Winemakers on Thursday, Tradeshow for clients on Friday, Open day on Saterday with live performances by Watershed. Olive, cheese, shushi and wine stalls.
  5. 5. Page |5Contact: +27 (0)44 870-7150 Venue: Tramonto Venue, George Garden Route EventsGarden Route Wedding ExhibitionWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 20 August 2012 to Wednesday, 22 August 2012) Where: GeorgeCategories: Wedding Expos The famous Garden Route region is a well known and world renowned wedding destination. The annual Garden Route Wedding Exhibition, now in its 4th year, is the Southern Cape region’s most celebrated wedding event. It offers visitors and couples planning their special day a wide variety of wedding related services and service providers. This year’s dazzling Wedding Exhibition will be held at the Garden Route Mall, George. The Exhibition features fashion shows and demonstrations andboasts an extensive fusion of exhibitors from cars and cakes to flowers and photos, all under one roof. Theevent is presented in spring to give service providers the opportunity to aim their marketing at thosegetting married in the summer season.Telephone: +27 (0)44 874-2015 Garden Route EventsGourmets & Gourmands Culinary FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 27 August 2012) Where: George Categories: Annual Festivals / Pair Excellence! Gourmets & Gourmands mingles with food and wine. It is that time of the year again when Gourmets & Gourmands mingles with food and wine. This year is an extra special one as we are celebrating 200 years of George and introducing another twist to the tale of food and wine pairing decadence with an extravagant theme… "Life is a masquerade" is the first themed Gourmets & Gourmands evening. Restaurants and wine farms are already putting the finaltouches to their menu pairings, according to a famous foodie, pairing is an expression of a lifelongexploration of wine and food, an endeavor of passion; a passion to be shared. The popularity of food andwine pairings has increased in recent years, so much so that it has become commonplace to adding winepairing as something special to the usual dining experience.So, whilst the decadence of the evenings events is festive, there is more to it as the funds raised will gotowards the learners of and fantastic work done at the Carpe Diem School.Venue: Carpe Diem School Contact: Karools Haputfleish on +27 (0)44 874-4074
  6. 6. Page |6The Honey TrailWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Sunday, 09 September 2012 to Tuesday, 11 September 2012)Where: Mossel Bay Categories: Outdoor Events / Sporting EventsHeres something to make your mouths water and the sweat drip. The Honey Trail, a three-day stage MTB race, will run from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay from 9 to 11 September 2011, overnighting in George and Knysna. The route will take riders along the Outeniqua Mountains, from sparse Karoo vegetation through lush seaboard forests. The name of the race was inspired by the Khoi name for the mountain range that borders the area: Outeniqua means man laden with honey. The total distance is expected to be 260 kms: 90 km - Mossel Bay to George; 100 km - George to Knysna; and 80 km - Knysna to Plettenberg Bay. The route will stay south ofthe Outeniqua Mountains and whilst there are always be climbs, all will be rideable. Distances may appearlengthy, but will not include difficulty ratings to awaken undue apprehension in a riders heart. Theobjective is to ride from start to finish, without setting foot on the track.The entry fee will include an average of 4star accommodation in hotels and B&Bs and lunch on all 3 days.The finish of Day One will be at Fancourt and early entries will be able to book their accommodation at thisprestigious hotel. Day Two will start at Fancourt and end at Portland Manor in Knysna.Again, early entries are invited to book a nights stay at luxurious Portland - a sweet deal. But later entriesneed not fear the beautiful Knysna Hollow, Phantom View River Resort and Bamboo Guesthouse are readyto welcome "bath you in honey"! The finish will be at the Crescent Country Hotel in Piesang Valley inPlettenberg Bay.Entrants can choose the race package and still add partners/ spectators to the accommodation, There willbe a number of options regarding supper which will be for the riders own account. This will be an excitingcycling holiday weekend. Any surplus from the event will be applied to benefit Development andTransformation riders in the Southern Cape. At present, there are no events supporting this.The Honey Trail tag line is "Its all about the experience" and what an experience this stage race promisesto be, encompassing the length of the glorious Garden Route in spring!Contact: Sam on +27 (0)74 580-5893 Garden Route EventsGarden Route on a PlateWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Sunday, 16 September 2012 to Monday, 17 September 2012) Where:George Categories: Annual Festivals / Food & Wine A lifestyle festival that is supported by the international gourmand society, the Chaîne de Rôttisseurs and the South African Chefs Association, is surely an event to make your mouth water. A notably enthusiastic Francois Ferreira commented that “the festival will offer exactly what the name says: a showcase of all the gourmet delights the Southern Cape has to offer under one roof. Local chefs will use products from the area to tempt the palates of food lovers and to showcase their craft.”
  7. 7. Page |7The heart of the festival will be the Eden School of Culinary Art which is situated at Label Leaders House onthe school grounds of PW Botha College. Existing buildings will be extended by tents and up to eightpopular restaurants will present their food creations to the public, experts and enthusiasts alike. Patronswill be able to indulge in bite sized shares of restaurant creations at every stand, whist they can sample thefull bodied bests from a variety of winemakers. Cocktail lounges will provide the perfect platform to mixand mingle the twine (your love for food and that for wine) in a relaxed environment.Some of the participating restaurants include the Turkish influences of Kafé Şerefe, The Rose on York,Serendipity, The Girls, Trans Karoo, Chef Alma @ Groenvlei in Sedgefield and La Locanda for an Italiantwist. To give the event some extra flavour, a street food lane will offer traditional dishes. This “lekkerlane” will give festival guests the opportunity to feast on dishes like pap and sheba, pea soup androosterkoek, breyani and afval (offal). Once the extraordinary taste sensations at the festival tents haveinspired patrons to develop their culinary skills, they can attend a series of workshops in the main hall ofthe school of culinary art. These workshops will be presented by local chefs like Karen du Plessis fromUnilever, Chef Dario Soresi from La Locanda, and François himself. Workshops on Brandy and Port, andsessions on the secrets of wine cultivars like Chardonnay will be presented by winemakers like MeyerJoubert of Joubert Tradouw in Barrydale, Ladismith Wines & Oudtshoorn Winary. Without a doubt, guestsare guaranteed a culinary experienced unrivalled, sure to transform any “take-out tonight, honey” into agastronomic genius, inspired to work magic on whatever is in the fridge.So whether you are weekend cooking enthusiast and old-faithful with your “kook en geniet” bible underyour arm or a fan of people able to whip up a storm in a heartbeat when someone shouts “ready, steady,cook”, then Garden Route on a plate Festival will be the cherry on your culinary cake. Venue: PW BothaCollege, George Contact: Francois Ferreira at Eden School of Culinary Art on +27 (0)44 884-0765 for moreinformation. Garden Route EventsPlett FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Tuesday, 18 September 2012 to Wednesday, 26 September 2012)Where: Plettenberg Bay Categories: Entertainment / Music FestivalsTrue jazz lovers will have the opportunity to see some of the country’s greatest jazz talents in action during the annual Plett Festival (previously known as the Whiskey, Whales & Jazz Festival) in Plettenberg Bay from 18-26 September. The festival has been expanded this year to a week-long celebration featuring whiskey tastings, superb jazz performances and spectacular whale safaris as well as loads of sporting opportunities. The festival officially kicks off on Saturday, 18 September, with the welcoming of the whales and the opening concert at TheWhitehouse. Golfing enthusiasts can get their weekend off to a great start with the Golf Day at theimmaculate Goose Valley Golf Course. More adventurous visitors can gear up for the adrenaline rush ofthe challenging Robberg Express multi-sport event. The Robberg Express includes a 40 km mountain bikingcourse through the Harkerville Forest on gravel roads and single tracks through sections of indigenousforest, a 10 km trail run traversing million year-old rock formations on the Robberg Peninsula and a 10 kmocean paddle in the beautiful Plettenberg Bay. Participants can enter as individuals or relay teams of twoor three persons. Athletes can also participate in individual disciplines. Event organisers have also added ashorter version the Robberg Raggie with half distances in each discipline.
  8. 8. Page |8Blue note events are staged throughout the week with artists of international calibre appearing at fu.shifusion cuisine, Gilly’s Grill, Surf Cafè and Bramon Wine Estate. The Heritage Day Jazz concert at Simunyepromises a celebration of true music.The highlight of the weeklong festivities will most definitely be the Jazz Fusion Concert on Saturday. Don’tmiss top talent fresh off international jazz stages for an electric combination of eclectic classic andcontemporary jazz intertwined with the unmistakable rhythms of Africa. Well-known performers such asXolani Faku and friends, Sangam, Tucan Tucan, Offshore, Ben Badenhorst and Haydn Gardner will entertainthe crowds.For the youngster, the Lunchbox Theatre is bringing their ever-popular production The Whale Show toPlettenberg Bay to add to the festivities. This multi-lingual, interactive show promises to have audiencesspell-bound with catchy story-telling, mimes, puppets and scintillating music. Bitou Tourism will also besponsoring shows at The Crags Primary, Phakamisani Primary in Kwanokuthula, Formasa Primary in NewHorizons and Kranshoek Primary School.The festival draws to a close with a spectacular street party on Saturday.Contact: Bitou Tourism offices on 044-533 4065.Garden Route EventsThe Elvis Festival AfricaWhen: Friday, 21 September 2012 to Sunday, 23 September 2012 Where: Storms River Categories: AnnualFestivals / Entertainment Since the inception of Africas first and only Elvis Festival two years ago, Storms River has experienced a retro revival like you wouldnt believe! The Marilyn’s 60’s Diner is home to this distinctive music journey ‘The Elvis Festival Africa’ every year where you may just find yourself hopelessly lost in the 50’s! This years theme will be ‘Elvis Meets his Friends, bringing you the likes of Roy Orbison, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Grease and a many more 50’s and 60s legends to the stage. This festival will rock the drabbest jailhouse and getthe dustiest of blue-suede shoes a-dancing.And you dont need to be an Elvis fan - theres something for laaities and ladies alike. To all those Elvisfanatics, the town brings together Elvis impersonators from all areas to sing, dance and celebrate the era.So, if your travels are taking you along the Garden Route and up to the Eastern Cape sometime soon, addto your journey a welcome break at the Storms River Village to experience a good and solid blast from thepast. The diner is open every day from 10h00 till late, and in summer holidays from 08h00 till late.Venue: Marilyns 60s DinerContact: Ann du Rand on +27 (0)82 920-6626Garden Route EventsWebsite: http://www.elvisfestival.co.za/
  9. 9. Page |9Outeniqua Country Hop Strawberry FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Sunday, 23 September 2012 to Monday, 24 September 2012) Where: George Categories: Annual Festivals / Entertainment / Food & Wine The 2011 Outeniqua Country Hop Strawberry Festival will take place at Redberry Farm in Geelhoutboom, George on Friday the 23rd and Saturday 24th September. The Strawberry Festival is one of the most popular family events of the year attracting both locals and visitors who come along to experience a day out in the fresh air in a safe, farmenvironment. Proceeds go towards the ongoing marketing of the route to encourage more people to visitthis wonderful part of the world which incorporates parts of George, Herold, Mossel Bay and Wilderness.Employment opportunities for the local community are then created and a portion is also donated to localcharities.This year, the "George all dog sports centre" will be performing with small and large dogs on both daysdoing a dog jumping, agility and flyball display. To compliment this wonderful event, a ‘dog walk’ will beheld through the strawberry fields on the Saturday morning starting at 08h00 (or just a walk for those whodon’t want to bring a dog along !).There is always a wide variety of stallholders exhibiting good food, local wines and cheeses, fresh veggies,herbs and arts and crafts. Plenty of entertainment to keep both young and old busy from the Castle Cornerbeer tent where “Daveymac” (an experienced one man band) will be performing live, to the exciting newminiature steam train, the “strawberry express” and ‘bubble balls’ on the dam. Pony rides, strawberrypicking, strawberry eating competitions, zorbing, paint ball target shooting, jumping castles, tractor ridesand “Ronald Mcdonald” making a special appearance will add to 2 full days of family fun !The primary school “scarecrow” building challenge theme for 2011 is “Lets Celebrate George”. The entrieswill be on display during the Festival and the winning school will receive R5 000 along with the floatingTrophy. So if you’re visiting George, Wilderness or any other part of the Garden Route in September, besure not to miss the Outeniqua Hop Route Strawberry Festival for guaranteed family fun in an outdoorfarm environment ! Times: Friday 09h00 to 19h00 and Saturday 09h00 to 17h00Venue: Redberry Farm in Geelhoutboom, George Contact: Nadine Bolttler on +27 (0)82 926-5928.Website: http://www.outeniquacountryhop.co.za/ Garden Route EventsTalisman Herald Karoo to Coast 100km Mountain Bike ChallengeWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Tuesday, 25 September 2012) Where: Knysna Categories: Outdoor Events /Sporting Events Voted by Bicycling Magazine Readers as one of the top ten mountain bike races in South Africa. April 2007 edition Organised by the Lions Clubs of Knysna and Uniondale. In aid of Lions "SightFirst" for sight restoration operations for the poor. Route Uniondale to Knysna via the Prince Alfreds Pass 100 km
  10. 10. P a g e | 10offroad Race - Not for the faint-hearted, this is a great competitive race. Garden Route EventsNaturally Knysna FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 01 October 2012 to Sunday, 07 October 2012)Where: Knysna Categories: Annual Festivals / Food & WineNaturally Knysna Preview Festival Information What does Naturally Knysna Preview Festival mean: The Naturally Knysna Festival is intended to be a celebration and showcase of what Naturally Knysna is about. The Preview Festival this year gives us a taste of things to come. This year’s theme and celebration focuses on connecting with and drawing inspiration from nature and will include events and activities that have a unique Knysna flavour to them. Naturally Knysna is about rejuvenating and reinventing the economy of Knysna based on natural systems functioning. It’s about building a healthy economy from the bottom up, the waynature does - creating a closed loop town that abounds with opportunities while taking care of our naturalbeautiful environment that provides all our needs. Next year’s festival will highlight and celebrate this.Nature Inspired Fashion ShowThe gifts to Fauna and Flora naturally show us our instinctive approach to fashion. Some of us haveforgotten and seek elsewhere for this inspiration. Join us at the Parking Shed, Thesen Harbour Town wherethe Nature inspired Knysna Market and Showcase is on show from 11h00 till 16h00. The main fashionevent will start at 14h00 sharp!For full details and information about individual events please contact the festival organisers on +27(0)44382-0078 Garden Route EventsThe Ultimate Wicked & Wild Halloween PartyWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Sunday, 28 October 2012)Where: Plettenberg Bay Categories: Concerts & Shows / Entertainment Presenting the Ultimate Halloween Party in Plettenberg Bay! This is going to be the biggest all-out Wicked & Wild costume party in the ultimate scary venue that the Garden Route has ever seen! On the night of the 28th October, the beautiful Cairnbrogie Barn on the Cairnbrogie Farm will be transformed into something out of a horror movie with fantastic sound and crazy lighting and some seriously killer décor!Party all night to the awesome DJs lined up including Mad Brad and the Rock & Roll Psycho Circus beforewe switch to some House DJ’s later to keep you going all night long!Enjoy all sorts of Halloween themed drinks, cocktails and shooters and loads of spooky surpises! And dontforget there will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs for the best dressed. Its going to be wicked!
  11. 11. P a g e | 11Venue: Cairnbrogie Barn, Airport Road Directions: From Piesang Valley in Plettenberg Bay, take RobbergRoad out towards the Airport. Go past the airport and continue along until the road changes to a gravelroad and the venue will be a bit further along on your left hand side.Tickets: R50 available from The Computer Shop, Longships House, Longships DrContact: Wes on +27 (0)82 321-8177 or Schalk on +27 (0)72 932-9278Eden ChallengeWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 29 October 2012 to Tuesday, 30 October 2012)Where: George Categories: Sporting EventsThe 2011 Eden Challenge (200-260km’s) is the ultimate 30 hour event for the top teams. The teams can expect classic adventure racing terrain. Real Southern Cape splendor! Expect an ’Amazing Race” experience with great mountain biking, awesome scenic hikes and brilliant paddling. I haven’t seen an AR like this before, so expect something fresh. Navigational skills will dictate your time spent out there. All maps & seconds instructions will be compiled by GIS specialist. If you’re a multi sport guru, this one is for you! Event layout: Teams and their support crew will be separatedat the start. The event starts off with a hiking section and race packs must be prepared for the first nighthike. Expect a hike of 70k’s, bike 150k’s and paddle 40k’s.Contact: Jan Heenop on Cell: +27(0)82 455 2875Garden Route EventsSummer BlastWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 10 December 2012 to Tuesday, 08 January 2013)Where: Mossel Bay Categories: Entertainment / Outdoor Events If you are looking for something to do in Mossel Bay over the holiday season that the whole family can enjoy, then look no further than Blasters. There are activities, indoor and outdoor, for all ages, delicious food in the a la carte restaurant, and lots going on in the sports bar. There is a full program throughout December and January including Braai buffets, DJs, live bands, shows, competitions, karaoke, and much more. Christmas is a time for friends and family, so let us entertain all of you together at Blasters. Highlights will be the candlelitmarket on 21st December from 18h00, Carol singing on 24th December, a show of young local musicaltalent on 28th December, our legendary Christmas Lunch, and of course New Years Eve festivities. Some
  12. 12. P a g e | 12events will require advanced bookings, so please contact us if in any doubt.Happy holidays, and see you in Mossel Bay.Venue: Blasters, 23 Mascordor Street, Voorbaai, Mossel BayContact: Rico on +27 (0)44 692-0521 for more information.7’ Premier League, Outeniqua Park 14 and 15 December 2012An exciting new sevens rugby tournament, named the 7’s Premier League, will hit Outeniqua Park, Georgeon the weekend of 14 and 15 December 2012.The tournament, with a prize money of R1 million rand, will be run by the South Western Districts RugbyFootball Union, and in conjunction with Willem Strauss Sports Promotions. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) already granted permission last year, through their Games and Competitions Committee, for the hosting of a Sevens Tournament in George. 16 teams will participate in the competition. The president of SWD Rugby, Hennie Baartman, said at the announcement that the tournament fits the needs of his union like a glove.“We have a responsibility to our community to work hard and create opportunities. Thistournament fits that bill perfectly. We still have the capacity and people to host an event of thismagnitude.”This will bring stability to the SWDRU and allow local much needed top flight rugby, he said.It will also provide and economic boost to the region. “The whole region suffered when the InternationalRugby Board World Series was moved from George and in talks with SARU, provincial government, localmunicipalities and the business community all confirmed that we need something to replace it.” Sports promoter Willem Strauss, who is well known in organising big rugby events, was tasked by theSWDRU to run the event. According to Strauss, George was the logical choice as a venue and sevens theperfect code to kick-start this new concept. “George hosted the IRB tournament successfully for manyyears and has the infrastructure and ability to do something similar. The date of the tournament will alsosuit the region perfectly as the Southern Cape will be awash with tourists from all over the country.”Knysna Beach FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Sunday, 16 December 2012 to Monday, 17 December 2012)Where: Knysna Categories: Annual Festivals / Entertainment / Outdoor Events / Sporting Events Summer just got a whole lot hotter! The Beach Festival will spice up your summer holiday with an exciting blend of sports, live music, pampering and kids activities. Launched at Knysnas Buffalo Bay in the Garden Route in 2009, this successful community event is making the
  13. 13. P a g e | 13beach the best place to be this summer.Our line-up has something for everyone! Unleash your competitive spirit and play to win or just becauseany sport sounds like so much fun when you add "beach" to it - beach volleyball, beach cricket, beachrugby, beach soccer.If you prefer to take time out in a gentler way, chill out to live music or be pampered in our beauty booths.Were trying really hard to convince someone to fan you with palm fronds too. Kids know that the beach isnothing less than a gigantic sandpit, which is why weve lined up a sandcastle competition for them, andthat the world is a miracle worth exploring hence our guided environmental beach walks. They also knowthat face paint looks a lot better than white sunblock. We dare you. Venue: Buffalo Bay, Knysna Time:10h00 to 16h00 Garden Route EventsRock Pedal Classic MTB TourWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 17 December 2012) Where: George Categories: Sporting EventsThe event always starts in the traditional way, with a whip. At the crack of the whip they brave the Montagu Pass and the 55km that lies ahead of them. As the day continues and the cyclists enter the Little Karoo the temperature rises, the conditions become harsh and difficult. After 52km and only 3km remaining the sight of the Daskop turn off is a welcome one and the Louvain sign post is even more welcome. Distance: 100km, 45km and 2km Venue: NMMU Campus Contact: Telephone +27 (0)44 871-4455 Garden Route EventsCarols by Candle light with Elephant PicnicWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 17 December 2012)Where: Plettenberg BayCategories: Annual Festivals / Entertainment / Outdoor Events Knysna Elephant Park together with Plett Aid Foundation is hosting our yearly ‘Carols by Candle Light’ picnic and entertainment evening on 17 December 2011 at 19h00. Entrance fee is R50 for adults and kids bring an old toy / clothing as an entry pass. Founded in 1994, and the first of its kind in South Africa, the Knysna Elephant Park provides a home for orphaned elephants and offers visitors a taste of nature in an area where vast herds once roamed. Join the elephants in theircontrolled free-range environment where you will be able to appreciate their magnificent presence up-close-and-personal.
  14. 14. P a g e | 14Guests will have the choice of bringing their own picnic or to pre-order a picnic basket from our restaurant.Telephone Simon on +27 (0)44 532-7738 to book your picnic basket. Dont forget to bring a blanket.Contact: +27 (0)44 532-7732Venue: Knysna Elephant ParkTime: 19h00Garden Route EventsSummer Sun Festival 2012When: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 17 December 2012 to Monday, 07 January 2013)Where: Mossel BayCategories: Annual Festivals / Concerts & Shows / Entertainment / Food & Wine / Music Festivals /Outdoor EventsGET READY TO ROCK! with the 2011 Summer Sun Festival at the Diaz Strand Hotel. If you are a fan of some of the best acts South Africa has to offer, then there is no better place to get your fix than the Diaz Strand Hotel this holiday season. Some of the country’s best and brightest artists are performing at the hotel during the December-January festive season Summer Sun Festival programme.Among others, is Africas biggest rock n roll tour, Die MK Avontoer. In the spirit of a travelling carnival, DieMK Avontoer mobilises a host of musicians, photographers, troubadours, magicians, pirates, fans and wildcards into a travelling party of unmatched magnitude.With over a 130 creative creatures concentrated on two buses, a travelling tent town of their own andnothing other than a having a good time as their modus operandi, Die MK Avontoer has been enchantingcoastal towns from the West to the East coast since 2006.The Diaz Strand Hotel will be the scene for a pool party of epic proportions with a stage, tents, bars and thewhole shebang outside, within arm’s reach of the swimming pool and Pirate’s Bar. Everything is set for theparty of the year on 29 December 2011.Doors will open at 15h00 lining up acts like Loveglove Pyrotechnics, Black Handed Kites, No One’s Arc,Holiday Murray, Zinkplaat, Van Coke Kartel, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Die Tuindwergies set to rock thestage big time from 16h00 till late. Tickets are available on Computicket, at the gate and at the reception ofDiaz Strand Hotel.If one night is not enough for you, check out the dates for artists like A-King and Piet Botha & Jack Hammerin the Pero Diaz Theatre.But if all the rock ‘n roll is just a little too much, don’t miss the incredible evening programme line-up of thePero Diaz Theatre at the hotel. With artists like Elizma Theron, Beeskraal, Heinz Winkler (with CharlizeBerg), Adam, Jan Blom, Jannie Moolman and Dozi (special guests at Miss Diaz finale), there is trulysomething for everyone this festive season at the Summer Sun Festival. MISS IT, MISS OUT!Contact: Mimi FinestoneTelephone: +27 (0)84 583-3144Garden Route Events
  15. 15. P a g e | 15Sedgefield Beach FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Tuesday, 18 December 2012)Where: SedgefieldCategories: Annual Festivals / Entertainment / Outdoor Events / Sporting Events The Beach Festival will spice up your summer holiday with an exciting blend of sports, live music, pampering and kids activities. This successful community event is making the beach the best place to be this summer. Our line-up has something for everyone! Unleash your competitive spirit and play to win or just because any sport sounds like so much fun when you add "beach" to it - beach volleyball, beach cricket, beach rugby, beach soccer. If you preferto take time out in a gentler way, chill out to live music or be pampered in our beauty booths. Were tryingreally hard to convince someone to fan you with palm fronds too. Kids know that the beach is nothing lessthan a gigantic sandpit, which is why weve lined up a sandcastle competition for them, and that the worldis a miracle worth exploring hence our guided environmental beach walks. They also know that face paintlooks a lot better than white sunblock. We dare you.Venue: Myoli Beach, SedgefieldTime: 10h00 to 16h00Garden Route EventsHartenbos Wine FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Thursday, 20 December 2012)Where: HartenbosCategories: Food & WineTaste the different wines from wineries on our wine route and also buy it at thefestival. There is a per person entrance fee and tasting hours will be finalised closer to the time. This event is exclusive to the Klein Karoo Wineroute. Contact: Klein Karoo Wineroute Office on (028) 572-1284 Garden Route Events
  16. 16. P a g e | 16Mossel Bay Christmas MarketWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Thursday, 20 December 2012 to Saturday, 22 December 2012)Where: Mossel Bay Categories: Arts & Culture This market is a wonderful range of unique handmade, farmed and baked gifts which would all make ideal Christmas presents. So if you are a bit late on your Christmas shopping this market in Mossel Bay will give you some wonderful ideas to spoil those you love. Some of the products you will find will be paintings, jewellery, aromatherapy products, beaded gifts, clothing and much more. Games and activites will also be on offer for the kids and teens in your lives. Where? Address: Mossel Bay South NG Church Hall, cnr 15th & 17th Avenue Contact Person? Cecile on +27 (0)82 224-3865Please Note: Dates for this event to be confirmed. Garden Route EventsBottomless Barrels Wine FestivalWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Friday, 21 December 2012) Where: George Categories: Annual Festivals /Entertainment / Food & Wine December is hot on our heels! Good news is that this means that its almost time again for the Bottomless Barrels Weltevrede Wine Festival with Live performances by new popular local Afrikaans band Adam and Emo Adams! Weltevrede & Tramonto will be giving away accommodation, wines and bubblies! Last year it was the launch of the Vanilla Chardonnay and this year we will be entertaining you with a short food and wine pairing, included in the ticket price.The Kids Corner with jumping castle will provide a bit of rest for weary parents whilst enjoying the varietyof food stalls & bottomless barrels of the finest Weltevrede Wines!Tickets are available at Computicket and at the entrance on the day.Gates open: 16h00 Show starts: 16h30 Venue: Tramonto Venue Contact: +27 (0)44 870-7150 for moreinformation. Garden Route EventsGreat Brak GrabadooWhen: Dates to be confirmed (Monday, 31 December 2012) Where: Great Brak Categories: Outdoor Events / Sporting Events The summer brings with it, just like Father Christmas, a festival of fun in its festive bag, and one of the best fun family events is the Great Brak Grabadoo cycling and running event, taking
  17. 17. P a g e | 17place on 31 December 2011.By far the biggest sports event in the Southern Cape this summer, with 1000 entries in 2009, Raceorganisers have already received queries from as far as Namibia about the event. The mountain bike androad bike events have proven to be extremely popular every year with biking enthusiasts and everyonefrom beginners to those serious cyclists training for the Argus find great fun (and training) in participating.Once again, there will be a 5km and 10km walk, the ideal opportunity to rope in the entire family and walkoff those extra Christmas pounds. Great Brak Grabadoo, Garden Route . Whilst mountain bikers canchoose 15, 35 or even 55km routes. Road bikers can choose between the 20 or 40km routes. All the routestraverse the picturesque area surrounding Great Brak River, and those in the know will tell you that thissleepy town is one of the most beautiful scenic splendours along the Garden Route, and that there is nobetter way to get up close and personal with its charm than when your tackies hit the tar or you pedal forpleasure.The first 1 000 entrants will receive a Go-Multi cycling magazine with their race numbers, so get your ducksin a row and start practicing for 31 December to be able to ring in the New Year with a healthy advantage(as well as a Great Brak Grabadoo medal).All riders taking part in CSA sanctioned events are required to be a Member of CSA for the year in whichthe race takes place, or to have a valid day license for every day of participation. Membership or a daylicense is a race entry requirement and is thus a prerequisite to enter a race.For more information, please feel free to contact Mimi Finestone on +27 (0)84 583-3144Please Note: Dates for this event to be confirmed.We thank SA Venues.com for all the event information, please note all the abovementioned dates aresubject to change without notification.