24 must-visit events for foodies

Festive celebrations are in full swing this December and there’s plenty to keep you entertained, from bubbly to festive shopping and gourmet popcorn.

Western Cape

Summer Sundowners (Cape Town)

Relax around the pool with luxury bottomless Cullinan cocktails and a sharable snack stack. Book online for a luxury cocktails and canapés experience.

When: 11 October to 27 March 2020

Where: Cullinan Hotel, 1 Cullinan Street

Polkadraai & Popcorn Wine Pairing (Stellenbosch)

Sample gourmet popcorn (from coconut and chia seeds to salted caramel to pretzel) and see how well each one pairs with a variety of Polkadraai wines.

When: 1 December to 30 April 2020

Where: Stellenbosch Hills, Corner R310 and Vlottenburg

Quoin Rock Masterclass & Tasting Journey (Stellenbosch)

Join Gåte at Quoin Rockfora ‘Journey around the World’ masterclass experience where a sublime six-course lunch menu with wine, cocktail or tea pairing will be enjoyed. Booking is essential.

When: 6 November to 4 December

Where: Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

Blue Bird Garage Christmas Market (Muizenberg)

Expect all things festive cheer and Christmas-themed glitz, from spiced fruit cake to boozy coffee. It’s the perfect place to satisfy all those festive cravings at Blue Bird Garage.

When: 2 to 7 December

Where: Blue Bird Garage, Muizenberg

The Chef’s Studio One Ingredient Dining (Cape Town)

Enjoy the foods that make any Christmas table special at this unique dining experience for twenty people. With limited spots available, be sure to book online.

When: 5 to 6 December

Where: The Chef’s Studio, 103 Bree Street

Somerset Fresh Fine Wine and Food Festival (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy rolling lush green lawns, over 200 wines to sip and savour, and gourmet canapés. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 8 December

Where: Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate, Somerset West

Bubbly and Gin Summer Festival (Melkbosstrand)

Summer is here and so is craft gin, wine and MCC – enjoy ample amounts of each with delicious food and live music all day long. Tickets are available on Webtickets.

When: 14 December

Where: Atlantic Beach Links, 1 Fairway Drive, Melkbosstrand

Winemakers at Grub and Vine (Cape Town)

Kick off the festive season with a wine-and-dine evening at Grub & Vine. Join for a five-course meal and wine pairing for R750. From Genevieve MCC to Luddite, there’s plenty of wine to keep the night festive and fun!

When: 14 December

Where: Grub & Vine,103 Bree Street

Seven Sisters Wine & Crayfish Festival (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy a crayfish and seafood exposé with distinct South African flare and plenty of local wine. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 14 December

Where: Seven Sisters Vineyard, Welmoed Road, Stellenbosch

Green and Vegan Pop Up Dining (Cape Town)

Expect plant-based dining at its finest, including a starter, amuse bouche, main course, dessert trio and a vegan cheese platter in Green Point. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 14 and 28 December

Where: 34 Clydebank Road, Green Point

Groote Post’s Christmas Country Market (Darling)

Join for a wonderfully festive Christmas market – with all things Christmas it’s the perfect place to get some shopping done!

When: 15 December

Where: Darling Hills Road, Groote Post Wine Estate

Blaauwklippen Twilight Christmas Market (Stellenbosch)

Christmas carols, wine and good food is all you need this festive season. Get down to the Blaauwklippen Market to experience it all.

When: 17 to 22 December

Where: Blaauwklippen Vineyards, Stellenbosch

Sizzled Summer Music & Food Fest (Cape Town)

This outdoor music event with gourmet food trucks will keep everyone fuelled. Tickets are available from Computicket.

When: 29 December

Where: 15 Fort Wynyard Street, Green Point

Bottomless Gin and Sushi (Cape Town)

Enjoy bottomless gin and a complimentary sushi platter every Wednesday at the Southern Sun. It’s available from 5.30pm to 7.30pm for R180 per person.

When: Wednesdays until 31 December 2019

Where: Southern Sun Waterfront, 1 Lower Buitengracht, Cape Town


The Wanderers Christmas Market (Illovo)

Make a day of shopping till you drop, accompanied by amazing breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

When: 1 and 8 December

Where: The Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Illovo

Sandton City’s Christmas Village (Sandton)

Shop, feast and be merry this festive season with the ultimate Christmas shopping experience in Sandton.

When: 4 to 9 December

Where: Sandton City Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road, Sandton

Makhelwane Festival (Soweto)

Prepare for a fun weekend filled with food stalls, live entertainment and art exhibitions. Tickets available on Webtickets.

When: 14 and 15 December

Where: Poka Street, Orlando West

Festive Foodie Market (Killarney Mall)

Get to Killarney Mall for the best festive season yet, featuring everything from desserts to festive cooking essentials.

When: 6 and 7 December

Where: Killarney Mall

Field Market – Christmas Edition (Parkmore)

Enjoy a variety of gourmet food and craft drinks under the tranquil trees with live music.

When: 7 December

Where: Field Market, corner Louise Avenue and 14thStreet, Parkmore


Irene’s Christmas Markets (Irene)

Avoid the last-minute hassle of shopping for presents by getting it done nice and early. There’s plenty of food, craft beer and live music to keep you going strong while you shop like a pro.

When: 7, 14 and 16 December

Where: Irene Village Market, 7 Nelson Road, Centurion


Dinner and a Movie (Umhlanga)

Join for a fun night out on the town with a two-course dinner followed by a movie and a glass of bubbly with lots of popcorn. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 6 December

Where: The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga

Ice Cream Wonderland (Durban)

There’s an Ice Creams of the World station and an interactive photo booth, making it a true ice-cream wonderland. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 7 to 24 December

Where: Westwood Mall

The Bacardi Urban Rum Room (Durban)

Join for a stylish soiree with lots of rum, craft beer, food and live acts from The Black Lapels. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 15 December

Where: Westwood Mall

Cocktails and Christmas (Umhlanga)

Celebrate this festive season in style with Christmas-themed cocktails paired with a four-course dinner and a Christmas-themed show by The Black Lapels. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 20 December

Where: The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga

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