Where: Prince Albert and surrounding farms, Karoo
So, the long-awaited long weekend has finally come and gone, leaving us all to pull ourselves together and get stuck back into work. This is easier said than done though, and some of us might need a little help. For many of us, a long work week might be more easily tolerated knowing that there is something nice to look forward to, in this case a long work-month will fly-by given what Prince Albert has in store.
On the weekend of the 26-28 April, this quaint Karoo town will host its annual olive festival. Given the one or two olive farms surrounding the town, and the rich array of restaurants, wine farms and cheese factories, the festival is less about olives per se and more a celebration of the culinary culture in this gorgeous little town.
Over the course of the weekend visitors will have the opportunity to sample all manner of olive products from the olives themselves to tapenades and olive-oils. This can be done in a variety of settings too, from the olive farm premises to the lively morning market.
Over the course of the weekend one will also have the opportunity to sample some artisanal yumminess like biltongs, jams, chutneys, breads and cheeses. Speaking of cheeses, Prince Albert’s award winning Gay’s Guernsey Dairy will be open for tours and tastings.
No foodie weekend would be complete without wines, and the 2013 organising committee realise this, thus the opportunity to try some of Prince Albert’s own wine produce (Fernkloof and Bergwater spring to mind).
Apart from the obvious food-orientated entertainment, there will be the usual mix-bag of festivities including live music, kiddies entertainment and celebratory tours of the awe-inspiring Karoo landscape and stars.
If you need something to look forward to after the long weekend, make this it. The Prince Albert Olive Festival promises not only foodie delights, but spectacular scenery and genuine Karoo hospitality.