The Chocolate Festival in Stellenbosch is a celebration of all things chocolate! This culinary celebration of the best in the South African chocolate industry gives you an opportunity to meet some of SA’s most beloved chocolatiers, pastry chefs and cake and sugar-craft artists, and will even enable you to create your own chocolate masterpieces at home! But, of course, there are plenty of other things to do in the area, so make a weekend of it with this sweet and tasty itinerary.
The annual chocolate festival is a must for those of you with a sweet tooth. For more information on the festival, visit their website, and remember to take advantage of all the other amazing experiences in the area.
Day 1 – Saturday, 31 August
Experience: Gin tasting at Asara Wine Estate
At the Sansibar Gin Lounge, located at Asara Wine Estate, you will be offered various gin tasting experiences and it’s a great way for connoisseurs and novices alike to deepen their knowledge of all things gin. It usually leads to much discussion and lots of laughs
Experience: Stellenbosch Slow Market
The Stellenbosch Slow Market at Oude Libertas Estate is arguably the leading gourmet food market in the Cape Winelands. With over 100 traders, the market is open every Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00, come rain or shine. You will be greeted with fresh country air, a spacious oak-lined piazza and vineyards, all of which combine to create the perfect setting to showcase this authentic Slow Market. A foodie paradise.
Eat: Amazink Eatery
Amazink is proud to have been South Africa’s first township theatre/restaurant, located in Kayamandi. A delicious three-course South African meal sets the stage for what follows – vibrant and soulful local rhythms woven through a story of life, love and laughter
Day 2 – Sunday, 01 September
Experience: Vine Hopper
The Vine Hopper is a unique way to experience the Stellenbosch Wine Route. This is a hop-on and hop-off wine tour to some of the best wine estates in Stellenbosch. You can decide when you would like to start and how long you would like to spend at the estates. They do the driving and you do the tasting.
Eat: Craft Wheat & Hops
Craft Wheat & Hops is an artisan bistro and beer bar which is a conventional bistro-style establishment with a specialist beer and tapas component, accompanied by a Stellenbosch centric wine and microbrewery menu that creates a modern European patronage experience. The bakers and chefs are well travelled and renowned for handmade breads and great tapas made freshly onsite using only craft produce.
Recommended accommodation in Stellenbosch
De Zalze Lodge
Sanddrif Guest Farm
Magnolia Place Guest House
Wedge View Country House & Spa
Cultivar Guest Lodge
Stellenbosch Country Lodge