There’s still one day to go for this year’s Riebeek Valley Olive Festival, happening in the twin Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, just an hour and half drive from Cape Town on the N7 and R46 (maps).
No less than 21 local establishments – from olive and wine farms to restaurants and B&Bs – are participating, opening their doors not just to an olive- and olive oil-hungry public, but also to a bevy of producers of homemade jams, honeys, dried fruits and other edible goodies. There’s plenty to see and do – how about a gyrocopter ride? – and the tasting/music/events/country revellry carries on until fairly late. This time of year, the valley is absolutely gorgeous – the drive to the festival is practically its own reward.