Cheese Festival, Franschhoek.

Cheese festival crowds 300x225 Cheese Festival, Franschhoek.

Cheese festival crowds.

What a great day out.

Great vibes, weather, happy crowds, wonderful food, wine and not to mention cheeses to taste.

Well organised and well spread out, the crowds never felt too much, and it really is a food and drink festival, with an emphasis on cheese.

A big tent houses the largest selection of cheese under one roof in South Africa.

In the same tent you can sample and buy everything from Belgian chocolate to olive oil. The African Savannah stand was mobbed as they sampled their range of crocodile, zebra, wildebeest and kudu pate.

There are malls and ‘Gourmet Lanes’ where you can indulge in everything from rump steak to pizza to oysters. Demonstrations are run in the Cooking Pot hall, and there is a big ‘Dairy Square’ where you can chill out and listen to music.

Kids have their own well supervised zone, and they can jump on inflated castles or learn how milk is made into butter and cheese. This section is sponsored, bizzarely, by car companies.

Entry today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) is R90 pp, U12 kids are free and Seniors get in for R70. You can’t pay at the gate so you need

Cheese fest demo 225x300 Cheese Festival, Franschhoek.

Craig Cormack of Overture.

to buy online, in Checkers, or at Computicket.

But do get there, it’s better than the Taste of Cape Town.

Bien Donne Farm, on R45, between Paarl and Franschhoek.

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