Following a sell-out launch last year, the Artichoke Festival is back. Italian couple Attilio and Michela Dalpiaz harvest artichokes and the last six years has seen their artichoke fields at Ayama Slent Farm develop into bulky flowers.
Italian chefs prepare dishes at the festival with an opportunity to taste and purchase Vermentino made on the farm, a first in South Africa. A combination of acidity and rich mineral flavour makes it the perfect pairing with artichokes in comparison to other wines.
A number of nearby guesthouses are offering discounts for accommodation during the festival and wineries are organizing special tastings, lunches and dinners on the Friday and Saturday.
The festival has a number of activities, such as a live Italian band, painting exhibits and a market selling locally made salamis, cheeses, wines, gins and craft beers. Hikers are able to tackle the trail that traces the edge of the farm, while tractors and trailers are on hand for those who want to sit back and enjoy the views.
The festival gives the wider Paardeberg Country community of farmers, artisans and world famous wine makers the chance to showcase their local quality produce and put Paardeberg onto the wine lands map.
Prizes and raffles are happening throughout the day along activities meant to entertain the kids. Ayamateca, Ayama’s farm stall is open during the artichoke festival for those wanting to take some of the olive oils, flours, freshly made breads, pastas, salt, vinegars and limoncello back home.
Each ticket for the Artichoke Festival includes a full four-course lunch as well as a sweet treat, all with artichokes as the featured ingredient.
Venue: Ayama Farm, Paardeberg Rd, Paarl
Time: 10am to 5pm
Cost: R350 | 7 – 11 years old R150 | Under 6 free