The popular Stellenbosch Street Soirees are back in full swing to give locals and visitors alike more reason to savour, sip on and share the vibrant pulse and pleasures of South Africa’s wine and gourmet capital during the summer months.
Until March 2014 these monthly, easy-going gatherings will transform the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch into a colourful hub of food, wine and live music where strangers become friends over a glass of vino stemming from the country’s oldest and foremost wine route.
The lower part of Church Street is where all the action is at, with wine tastings offered by various Stellenbosch estates and gourmet bites by participating restaurants beckoning enthusiasts to revel in a slice of the Stellenbosch lifestyle – right there on this makeshift ‘pavement playground’.
The music entertainment for the 2013-2014 Street Soirees kicks off with a foot stomping performance by the Amazink All Stars followed by the local minstrel group, the Mystros (in January), to add some extra local flair to these food and wine rendezvous.
“Our quaint town really lends itself to street ‘kuiers’ and these after-work get-togethers allow one to bask in a wonderful Winelands atmosphere and forget about the day’s hassles and hullabaloos. Stellenbosch has always been celebrated for its high quality wines, but these days we are also known as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa as recently attested at the prestigious 2013 Eat Out Awards. Four of the Top Ten restaurants hail from the Stellenbosch Wine Routes,” adds Elmarie Rabe, events manager for Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
The Stellenbosch Street Soirees take place from 18h00 to 20h00 (between Bird Street and Andringa Street) and each gathering features a different selection of cellars and eateries. For R30 one gets a wine glass and a ticket to taste as many wines on the evening and delicious street food will be on sale.
Stellenbosch Street Soirees dates to diarise:
11 December, 15 January, 12 February and 12 March – weather permitting.
For more information contact Tel: 021 886 8275, visit www.wineroute.co.za, follow the Stellenbosch Wine Routes on Twitter: @StellWineRoute or join their Facebook pages: StellWineRoute and STBStreetSoirees.
If you can’t make those dates, you can check out some of Stellies’ award-winning restaurants and wineries in your own time.