Ola Strawberry Festival 2017

Strawberries, mountains and family fun…

Nestled on the outskirts of George in the Garden Route lies Redberry Farm, a remarkable place. Home not only to the largest maze in the Southern Hemisphere but host to the annual Strawberry Festival. Presented by Ola, the festival is South Africa’s premier strawberry and lifestyle event and takes place this year during the school holidays from 30 September to 01 October 2017.

There are over 50 attractions and programme highlights to look forward to featuring music, culinary, sports and family entertainment all centred around the icon of the event, fabulous strawberries! The weekend has a strong focus on family fun with a diverse programme catering for both adults and children. Classic family activities include a 5km trail run-walk for age 9+, rides on the Redberry Express mini train, ponies, pedal go carts, boats and bubble ball. The outdoor kid’s playground features inflatables such as the giant slide, a jumping castle assortment, gladiators, sumo suits, bucking bull and target shooting. Competitions include the kids Strawberry Eat Off, face painting, arts & crafts as well as a furry friend dog agility show. Exciting new items added to the line-up are the Ace Models Miss Strawberry pageant, puppet and clown shows, a MTB family fun ride and Mascot March.

Discovering the secrets of a strawberry at the Strawberry Festival is an all-day adventure! Visit the Strawberry Emporium where strawberries are served in a multitude of delectable ways, go strawberry picking in the fields with the Outeniqua Mountains and country landscape as your backdrop. Enter the Strawberry Eat Off and stomping competitions, shop the Farm Stall filled with strawberry products and decor, order a delicious strawberry cocktail and, for the adventurous at heart, make sure to explore the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere with seven secret strawberry stations.

Other attractions include culinary pairings for coffee, wine and craft beer, a country market with more than 80 outdoor foods and hand-crafted product stalls, 9km trail run through the strawberry fields, live shows by local and national Afrikaans singers, dance performances on the outside stage and a live Algoa FM broadcast.

DATES: 30 September to 01 October 2017

TIMES: Saturday 9am – 5pm | Sunday 9am – 4pm

VENUE: Redberry Farm, George

TEL: 044 870 7123

WEBSITE: www.strawberryfestival.co.za

TICKETS: General Admittance R50 | Kids 3-12 R25 | Kids 0-2 Free

General Admittance and Artist Show R150

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/strawberryfestivalgardenroute

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/berry_festival

George – City for all reasons!

George is situated between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by forests and an ancient lake systems. The lakes date back twenty thousand years and were formed during the Late Pleistocene era. As the sixth oldest city in South Africa it proffers a rich historic legacy; George was established in 1776 as an outpost for the provision of timber to meet the demand for timber, wood used in building, transport and furniture. The forestry industry gave rise to a small community of woodcutters. The town was however only officially proclaimed in 1811 and named after the then reigning British monarch, King George III.

Many historical landmarks attest to the history of the city, including the following:

The Slave Tree – the ancient English Oak tree planted by Landdrost van Kervel in 1811 and named for the large chain and lock embedded in its trunk. It is purported that slaves were once chained to the tree and sold here. This is however a myth.

The George Museum – Showcasing an eclectic Victoriana collection, Meade House, one of the oldest and most beautiful houses in George, St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic church in South Africa built in 1850, St. Mark’s Anglican Cathedral, designed by Sophie Grey and built in 1843 and the Dutch Reformed Mother Church, consecrated in 1842. The King Edward VII Library building is reputed to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in George.

Due to the city- and surround’s natural beauty, outdoor leisure pursuits rank highly among George’s key attractions and include the Cradock- (1578 m) and George (1337 m) Peak Trail which links the Outeniqua and Montagu passes. The scenic Montagu Pass, completed in 1857, was proclaimed a national monument in 1972.

Best known as a golfing destination, the city of George offers some of South Africa’s best golfing experiences. Courses include the internationally renowned Fancourt Hotel, Country Club and Golf Estate which accommodates three golf courses designed by Gary Player and are ranked in the top 20 in South Africa. These courses include The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua courses. Other golf courses in George are the manicured George Golf Club, Glenwood Short Golf Course and the Kingswood urban lifestyle Golf Estate.

Other places of interest are the Outeniqua Transport Museum, home to a large collection of carriages and steam locomotives and the Outeniqua Power Van, a unique rail experience affording travellers the opportunity to experience the forests surrounding George, four spectacular passes, waterfalls, Fynbos, Proteas, bird and animal life. The Garden Route Botanical Gardens accommodate the storage dam and original furrows created by the Mayor of George in 1819 to supply the first 36 plots in George with water and the Moriarty Environmental Centre. The Garden Route Botanical Gardens play a vital role in the conservation of the rich diversity of plant life in the Garden Route, integral to the Cape Floral Heritage Region.

If you’re in the Garden Route over the October school holidays, or are looking for travel ideas for some family fun, make sure not to miss this annual country life and good food family weekend! Visit George for strawberries, mountains and family fun.

Contact us to book your stay! Click here to view all George Accommodation options.

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