Once or twice a year, an event happens in the Langeberg and Robertson Wine Valley that truly wakes us from our deep sleep and brings the entire area alive. Next week is such an event. The Wacky Wine Weekend, also known as the biggest festival on the social calendar in the Langeberg area, is taking place next week right here in our little valley.
Visitors come from all over the country and all over the world to attend this festival. Last year I met at least ten Americans who couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful and underrated South Africa, and indeed the Langeberg region, is.
The word ‘Wacky’ has become a verb in our little area. Everywhere someone is confirming whether or not you’ll be ‘wackying’ this weekend. Essentially, the Wacky Wine Weekend includes about 50 wine farms in the surrounding areas, each of which offers a variety of wines and activities. Visitors purchase one ‘passport’ (at R110) that allows them to enter any of the participating farms and taste wines (note: taste). However, wine drinking and other activities come at an additional cost.
With the passport, you’ll also receive a little goodie bag that contains a wine glass (for the tasting that’s about to go down) and an itinerary which indicates what activities each farm will offer. You can then select a farm to visit based on whatever tickles your fancy. There is everything from stalls that sells fragranced soaps and candles, to some of the yummiest foods, to entertainment for kids and adults alike. It’s extremely well organised and so much fun.
The countdown to the Wacky has officially started and the anticipation can already be felt with the residents here. Come on Wacky, we’re waiting…