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  1. Musical ATKV-Oesfees is a Harvest Finale with ‘Gees’

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    Theuns Jordaan, Robbie Wessels, Loukmaan Adams and Karen Zoid are some of the headliners taking centre stage at South Africa’s most authentic harvest festival, the ATKV-Oesfees, to be held on Saturday, 22 March, 2014 at the Solms-Delta wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley. The seventh annual Oesfees, in association with RSG, kykNET, MyEdit and Wesgro, which takes place over the long Human Rights Day weekend, is a feast of real Boland music and culture, and features over 100 uniquely South African performers.

    An event like few others on the South African cultural calendar, the ATKV-Oesfees gives thanks for, and celebrates, the end of the harvest, bringing together farm workers and farm owners from the Franschhoek Valley to kuier and vastrap, along with thousands of other music lovers who enjoy a day of rural Cape sounds and flavours, under the estate’s shady oak trees.

    Launched in 2008, the Oesfees has grown from a small farm celebration to a sold-out festival with over 5000 in attendance in 2013. “It is great to see how this event has sparked the interest and enthusiasm of people from Bantry Bay to Bellville to Belhar, who no matter where they come from, enjoy the music and the unification that characterise the day,” said Mark Solms of Solms-Delta. “While now a large-scale event, the ATKV-Oesfees is still as authentic as ever, touching all who perform and attend with the power of music and gratitude.”

    Japie Gouws, managing director of the ATKV-Group says, “the ATKV-Oesfees offers a stage, not only for the cream of South African artists, but also for the wonderful talent among ordinary people. These are the events where the potential of Afrikaans is exhibited and nation-building is promoted.”

    The annual event is also a showcase for the Music van de Caab project run by Adriaan Brand of Springbok Nude Girls and an important part of this festival is the performances by the project’s very own home-grown bands amongst all the top talent. The Music van de Caab project seeks to preserve and develop the diverse musical heritage of the rural Cape, including the fostering of local musical talent.

    The Solms-Delta music acts range from the Klein-Handjies pre-school choir and the “Kaapse Klopse” style walking band – Delta Valley Entertainers; to a top wind and percussion band – Langbroeke; a female choir ensemble – Soetstemme and the home-grown Delta Vastrap Genootskap and Lekker Lekker Delta.

    Tuned Up from Morning ’til Night

    Known for his deep gravelly voice, popular Afrikaans singer and songwriter Theuns Jordaan returns to the ATKV-Oesfees, along with Karen Zoid, a performer lauded for her emotionally charged rock music with cross-cultural appeal. Zoid’s act will incorporate a full band and school choir collaboration (Hoërskool Stellenbosch). Robbie Wessels hits the Oesfees stage for the first time, along with entertainer Loukmaan Adams of District Six: The Musical and Kat and the Kings fame. Legendary folk singer Valiant Swart will once again wow the Oesfees crowds!

    Masterful blues guitarists Albert Frost and Nick Turner will collaborate with guitar students from the Music de Caab programme. Spoon-slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee is a long-standing Oesfees favourite, and Afrikaans hip-hop/folk fusion band Tribal Echo lends its unique sound to the festival once again.

    Besides being a platform for established artists, the ATKV-Oesfees has introduced unknown cultural gems from some of South Africa’s most remote rural areas to its audience, over the past several years. In January 2014, Music van de Caab director Adriaan Brand went on a talent scouting mission to the Richtersveld National Park, where he discovered six ‘unpolished diamonds’ who will perform at this year’s festival. “What makes the songs they sing special is that they are in a very old dialect of Afrikaans that is spoken only in this area traditionally inhabited by the Nama and the Griekwa,” explains Brand, who adds that their Oesfees debut will be “characteristically Richtersveld.”

    An annual Oesfees highlight is a performance by winners of the ATKV Riel Dance Final. This year the 2013 junior champions, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers (from Wupperthal), will take to the stage!

    The festival emcee will be actor and funnyman Siv Ngesi, whose one-man comedy, Race Card was a hit at the 2013 Grahamstown Festival and the Baxter Theatre.
    Kaapsekos and Kids

    What’s a rural music festival without tasty, soul-satisfying home-cooked food? From the Oesfees kitchen comes Kaapsekos favourites made with local love, like chicken breyani, beef afval curry, venison pie and waterblommetjie bredie, as well as all the salads, along with hand-held treats like samoosas and koeksisters. Solms-Delta wines, aptly named Langarm, Vastrap, Cape Jazz Shiraz, Lekkerwijn and Hiervandaan are the ‘hiervandaan’ accompaniments to the authentic Boland fare.

    A total family experience, the ATKV-Oesfees caters for children too with the secure Bashews Kidz Zone, where parents can sign in their children between the ages of 2-12 years for fun, supervised entertainment and play. Arm bands for both children and their parents will be issued and children will not be allowed to leave the zone without their parents. There will be a wide selection of arts, crafts and activities, from balloon modelling and face painting to crafts and carnival games, floor games and croquet on the lawn for the kids.

    Tickets are available online from for R130 (adults) and R30 (Children 2-12 years – includes access to the secure ‘sign-your-kid-in’ Bashews Kidz Zone with supervised entertainment and play) or at the gate for R150 on the day. Children under 2 years get in for free. Gates open 9am; music from 10am – 9pm. For more information, go to, call 021 874 3937 or email Follow us on and Twitter @solms_delta. Twitter hashtag: #ATKVoesfees

  2. Win tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked!

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    Say goodbye to the grey moods of winter and celebrate at Franschhoek Uncorked from 7 to 8 September 2013!

    Franschhoek wineries will be showcasing their exciting new vintages and releases and have a range of exciting activities lined up for the weekend.

    We are giving away
    FOUR tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked (valued at R480),
    courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley

    To stand a chance of winning these tickets, simply visit the competition post on our Franschhoek Uncorked Festival website:

    Have a look at the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Programme here:

    Then comment on the post
    by telling us which farms you would like to visit and why!

    Then simply click on the ShareThis button at the bottom of the post
    and share the post via any one of the social media channels available
    (Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of the other channels available).

    Entries close on Friday 30 August 2013.


    Entries close on Friday, 30 August 2013 at 12h00.
    Winners announced Friday, 30 August 2013 at 13h00.
    Entrants should be older than 18 years.
    Flights and transport not included in prize.
    The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into.
    Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.

  3. Enter our Franschhoek Summer Wines Competition

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    Tell us how you would spend a perfect summers day in Franschhoek and stand a chance of winning

    two tickets 
    to Franschhoek Summer Wines on
    Saturday, 16 March 2013,
    courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley!

    Simply write your answer on our Facebook wall

    Competition entries close on Tuesday, 12 March 2013.

    Also remember to visit our website for more information on the event and to download the Programme and list of participating wineries.

  4. Franschhoek Winter Wines

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    Celebrate the final days of winter in style and head off to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate on Saturday, 4 August for Franschhoek Winter Wines. Known as one of SA’s leading wine destinations, more than 20 of the valley’s finest wineries will be showcasing their top winter wines at this exclusive event.

    Participating wineries include, amongst others, Grande Provence, Haute Cabriere, Haut Espoir, Rickety Bridge, Solms-Delta, Lynx, Akkerdal, Holden Manz, My Wyn, Mont Rochelle, Moreson, Noble Hill, Anthonij Rupert Wines, Leopard’s Leap Vineyards, Bellingham, Franschhoek Cellar, La Chataigne, La Vigne, La Bri, La Motte, Chamonix, Boekenhoutskloof, Graham Beck and Vrede en Lust. Wine lovers will have the opportunity to browse at their leisure or engage with the winemakers, affording visitors their undivided attention.

    Relax and unwind in a warm and cosy environment, taking in the beauty of your surroundings as live entertainment throughout the day assures you of a memorable experience. Car enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice as the Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history.  This includes an extraordinary and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins.

    The festival will be open from 12pm until 5pm, and tickets cost R180 per person, which includes a tasting of all the wines on show.Tickets can be purchased online directly from, and booking is essential as tickets are limited to 350 people only.

    Those wishing to spend the night will be spoilt for choice with accommodation ranging from the finest bed and breakfasts to luxurious boutique hotels, all nestling in a picturesque and safe environment.

    For more information or bookings contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley office on 021 876 2861 or Join ourFacebook page or follow us on Twitter at #fhkwinter.