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Posted on: Thursday, 23 August 2012

Get Cheesy – The Vodacom George Cheese Festival

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Vodacom Cheese Festival

Vodacom Cheese Festival

The Vodacom Cheese Festival in George, Garden Route, began in 2002 and, considering its size and popularity, has some very humble roots. This festival was started by the parents of the children attending Outeniqua Primary School in an effort to raise much-needed funds. The money raised is used to improve the children’s educational experience as well as to assist the community in a number of ways.

Local fundraising activities like these go a long way in bettering and uplifting communities. However, the George Cheese Festival is not only popular for its monetary value, but also for the delicious flavours and endless array of activities that keep young and old occupied.

Nothing goes better with cheese than wine, and there are plenty of both at this event. Tastings and demonstration areas give visitors a very real, tangible appreciation of the many delectable treats and provide really interesting insights into the complexities of enjoying them to the full. Workshops and talks on different cheeses, brandies, wines, ports, and so on, are guaranteed to inspire visitors to, at the very least, eat (or drink) their hearts out. Well-known brands from around the country frequent this celebration of all things delicious to showcase their very best.

Vodacom Cheese Festival

Vodacom Cheese Festival

The Kids’ Area offers total peace of mind to parents wanting their children to enjoy age-appropriate activities that are fun, but contained within a totally safe environment. While they are kept busy under full supervision, their parents can wander around and enjoy cheeses as mature as they are.

Young ones can look forward to face painting, jumping castles, treasure hunts, puppet shows, DVDs, Playstation games, stilt walkers and sand art. The Junior Chef competition is always a favourite. Older children enjoy the make-up and grooming lessons as well as a number of entertainment options.

Entertainment for families and adults is another huge feature over the three days of the George Cheese Festival. Every year, a variety of fabulous South African performers create a vibrant ambience as a backdrop to the festival.

To earn all of the delicious calories enjoyed, a number of sporting events are also part of the George Cheese Festival. Fun runs, golf games and tennis tournaments are just a few of the activities that draw the crowds and have them cheering players and sportsmen (and –women) along.

Of course, the entire event would not be possible without the financial support and media coverage made possible by the sponsors. Some of the 2012 sponsors included Checkers, Vodacom, Castle Lite, Bonaqua, Lancewood, Neethlingshof, Harvey World Travel, Distell and Algoa FM.

For the next dates for this event see the Vodacom Cheese Festival.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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1 comment about Get Cheesy – The Vodacom George Cheese Festival
  1. August 25th, 2012 at 16:59
    Rudi says:

    I am a huge cheese fan but it seems most of these festivals happen on the coast and particularly in the Cape – I assume due to the association with wine. Please help with any festivals like this in Joburg – surely we plebs are also allowed to enjoy our cheese! Thanks