Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival

24th and 25th of September 2021

Fri, 24/09/2021, 12H00 - 20H00

Sat, 25/09/2021, 12H00 - 20H00

If food, wine and good company are your thing, then clear your calendar for the 24th and 25th of September 2021. The Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival is happening in the Gansbaai Harbour and that means you’ve got somewhere you need to be! The Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival is a three-day culinary event showcasing the unique flavours and aromas of the Overberg’s Strandveld region and promises to be a gastronomic event of mouthwatering proportions. Access to the area’s leading chefs, top cooks, popular restaurants, award-winning wineries and craft distilleries will all be available to you in a pop-up food court setting in the old harbour. Added to the festivities are live entertainment, cookery demonstrations, stalls, displays and more than enough fun-and-games to keep the little ones busy.

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About

About

Welcome to the first Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival!

Gansbaai - Your Gateway to the Strandveld
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Gansbaai is steeped in a rich cultural history that dates back over a hundred years. These traditions and cultures shine through in the warm hospitality that can be felt within the close-knit community, many of whom work in the fishing, farming and hospitality industries.

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After a hard day at work, sharing good food and wine has always been a given, whether around the family dinner table or at one of the restaurants in the area. As a result, the Strandveld has prowess as a seriously great food destination.

A UNESCO Award for the Overstrand
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has noted that every aspect of food, from the method in which a dish is prepared to the festivals and rituals related to mealtimes, are an integral part of the history of the region, a part that forms the very heart of a community. 

In recognition of this, UNESCO announced in 2019 that the Overstrand had been designated as Africa’s first Gastronomy Creative City.

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This well-deserved accolade includes the Strandveld area that stretches between Gansbaai, Bredasdorp and Cape Agulhas, and acknowledges the many fishermen, farmers, restaurateurs, farm stalls, artisanal bakers, winemakers, beer brewers, distillers, coffee roasters and local “tannies-and-ooms” who continue to share their age-old secret family recipes. The award also recognises those dedicated foodies who pick the fruit, stir the pots and serve clients with their friendly Strandveld smiles!

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To pay homage to the UNESCO award and to celebrate the Strandveld’s abundance, Gansbaai Tourism rebranded the existing Funky Fynbos Festival (established in 2014), as the Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival. Due to lockdown restrictions, the new festival was postponed in 2020 and a date was set for September 2021.

So, be sure to arrive hungry for a down-to-earth Strandveld experience that will satisfy not only your stomach but your desire for more authentic travel.

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

The calendar of events at the Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival will take place on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of September.2021. 

Main Festivities - Gansbaai Harbour (Friday and Saturday)

Friday 24th September - 12:00 until 20:00
Saturday 25th September - 10:00 until 20:00

Food and Drink

  • Motivational Breakfast
  • Food Court
  • Wine, Craft Beer and Distilled Products
  • Bubbles and Brushes
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Foraging Excursion at Romansbaai
  • Skaapkop Dinner

Activities

  • Stalls 
  • Art Exhibition
  • Garden Display
  • Live Entertainment
  • Kiddies Activities
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Competitions and Events - Designated Locations (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
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Times: Still to be Announced 

  • Golf Day at Gansbaai Golf Club (southernmost golf course in Africa)
  • MTB Event (coastal route)
  • 4X4 Event at Strandskloof Caravan Park
What’s on the Menu

What’s on the Menu

Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival brings the flavours of the Strandveld to the table courtesy of the region's restaurateurs, artisanal bakers, coffee roasters and local “tannies-and-ooms”. Get ready to feast on:

  • Fresh Seafood
  • Traditional Strandveld Cuisine
  • Indigenous Produce
  • Organically Grown Fruit and Vegetables
  • Artisanal Bread
  • Puddings and Cakes 
  • Homemade Condiments
  • Offal 
  • Foraged Snacks
  • Barista Coffee
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Wine, Beer and Distilled Products

Wine, Beer and Distilled Products

Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival celebrates internationally acclaimed and award-winning wines, craft beer and distilled products from participating Strandveld estates and distilleries.

Take a tasting tour in the harbour and find out first-hand what all the excitement is about! 

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Entry Fee:

R50 (entry for the 24th and the 25th of September 2021)

Tastings:

  • Wine
  • Craft Beer
  • Gin
  • Grappa
  • Witblitz
  • Mampoer
  • Liqueurs 
  • Cream Liqueurs 

Wine farms and distilleries will also be selling their products for on-site and off-site consumption. Create your own food pairing experience with Strandveld inspired food on sale at the festival’s pop-up food court.

Vendor Application Form

Vendor Application Form

Are you a resident in the Overstrand? Do you have a unique product or service you would like to sell at the Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival? 

Here follows the cost to trade on Friday 24th and Saturday the 25th of September 2021:

Early Bird Special (deadline 1 June 2021)
  • Craft Stalls - R300
  • Food and Drink - R700
Normal Price (deadline 1 September 2021)
  • Craft Stalls - R400
  • Food and Drink - R800

Please note the Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival is proud to take the “Green Pledge”. With this said:

  • Only biodegradable packaging will be allowed (that means, no single-use plastics, polystyrene and balloons)
  • Only cornstarch and paper straws will be allowed
  • Food stalls must have a valid health certificate
Application to Trade

Complete the application form and send it back to info@gansbaaifoodandwine.co.za for approval. If your application is successful, an invoice with banking details will be sent for payment to secure your stall space. Find the application form to trade, here.

Info and Ticket Sales

Info and Ticket Sales

Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival entry fee:

  • 24th and the 25th September - R50 per person
  • 25th of September only - R50 per person
  • Children under 12 - Free

Please note that tasting glasses will be for sale for R50 each in the beverage tent (one glass is valid for two days so be sure to come for the whole weekend). 

For more information and to purchase your ticket, contact the Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival at: 

  • info@gansbaaifoodandwine.co.za
     
Where to Stay

Where to Stay

Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival is the perfect opportunity to soak up the sights, sounds, flavours and aromas of the Strandveld. Why not make a long weekend of it and book your stay at one of the areas:

  • Self-catering Accommodations
  • Guesthouses
  • B&Bs
  • Boarding Lodges
  • Nature Reserves

For a list of accommodation establishments in-and-around Gansbaai, see here.

Shuttle Services

Shuttle Services

Gansbaai Tourism is a Responsible Tourism Destination and the Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival encourages you to make use of a designated driver if you are planning on sampling the delicious wines, craft beers and distilled products that will be available throughout the festival days.

Sit back and relax and order yourself a shuttle to-and-from the event. Find shuttle services in Gansbaai, here.

Other Activities

Other Activities

Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival is the cherry-on-top of a long weekend of things to do in Gansbaai. Plan exciting activities and adventures to keep the whole family entertained.

Things to do in Gansbaai!

For more information about these activities contact Gansbaai Tourism directly, alternatively, take a closer look at things to do in Gansbaai, here:
 

Gansbaai Tourism Bureau

Gansbaai Tourism Bureau

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“Remember to look out for the Green Tourism Badge displayed by proud members of Gansbaai Tourism.”

Gansbaai has become globally known as the ultimate up-close-and-personal eco-adventure destination in the Western Cape and has been voted by travellers as one of the top tourism bureaus in Southern Africa. 

Gansbaai Tourism Bureau invites you to visit their offices in Gansbaai where you will experience genuine small-town hospitality while learning more about what the town has to offer. 

For more information about Gansbaai Tourism Bureau, see here.

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Gansbaai Food & Wine Festival’s organizers look forward to sharing the beauty, tastes and warm hospitality of the Strandveld with you.

To get you in the mood for your visit, take a closer look at the sights and sounds of Gansbaai, below:

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