Every year the Klein Karoo Klassique Festival is held in Oudtshoorn during August and you will be able to enjoy wines from the Klein Karoo (from as far afield as Montagu), ostrich and game dishes and classical music. And when you order your wine at restaurants and other venues over this weekend you will only be drinking wines from the Klein Karoo region. There will also be wine and port tasting events and many of the local restaurants and cellars will be hosting performances of classical music.
The music over the weekend will be organised by the Oudtshoorn Music Society with assistance from Louis Heyneman (the CEO of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra) so you can be sure your ears are in for a treat. And while you ears are being treated to some classical music let your tastebuds be delighted with chocolates and sparkling wine, port, snoek cakes, flame-grilled ostrich, herb bread and marshmallow pudding.
A brand new vineyard, Karusa Vineyards, in the Schoemanshoek Valley just outside of Oudtshoorn will play host to one of the festival highlights where visitors can follow the process of making Cap Classique sparkling wine according to the French step-by-step method. Karusa Vineyards will also be launching the first sparkling wine to be produced in the Klein Karoo during the workshop.
At the Kango Wines cellar visitors will be able to taste locally produced Belgian chocolate and wine during the Sjokoladefees met ’n neus vir bypassende wyn show, be sure to book early for this as last year’s show was sold out.
Joubert-Tradauw private wine cellar in Barrydale present a wine and food experience second to none on Friday evening while Francois Ferreira will be hosting two shows at Jemima’s restaurant and on Saturday he presents an eight course menu in conjunction with the prize winning ports of Calitzdorp. The Kolonie Restaurant boasts exciting and flavoursome menus on both Friday and Saturday evening. Garth Bradfield presents popular outdoor food at the Pomegranate Restaurant with a roast buffet on Saturday and some unique poitjie’s on Friday.
During the day on Saturday, make you way down to the famers market in Schoemanshoek, here you will find more than 30 stalls with delectable food and wonderful art. There is no entrance fee for this market so you can come and wander through this market that has top quality deli products, witblitz, a variety of gourmet foods and classical music from the group Musica Romantica. Children are not forgotten about on this day as there is a jumping castle, horse riding, donkey car riding and farm animals to keep your little ones entertained.
Tickets for meals and workshops are available via Computicket and at Checkers stores. If you feel you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and would like to refresh your soul come and immerse yourself in soothing classical music, delicious food and wonderful company at this year’s Klein Karoo Klassique.