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Franschhoek Oesfees 2010 a triumphant celebration for all

March 2010

Oesfees Jazz

For the third successful year in a row the Franschhoek Groot Drakenstein mountain range provided a dramatic Cape backdrop to what has fast become an annual institution – the spectacular Franschhoek Oesfees on the Solms-Delta wine estate – a salute to the end of the harvest, and a joyous celebration of uniquely Cape food, wine, music, song and dance.

This was not the South Africa of petty tabloid tensions, but a free-spirited tribute to a shared love of culture that saw local farm workers and farm owners dancing shoulder to shoulder with tourists and VIP guests in a colourful embrace of diversity, with Solms-Delta’s teasingly-named wines like Langarm, Lekkerwijn, Hiervandaan and Cape Jazz Shiraz flowing alongside the lekker Kaapsekos.

VIP guests included Nick Anstee – The Lord Mayor of London – in town on Queen Elizabeth 2; Alan Winde – MEC Finance, Economic Development & Tourism for the Western Cape; Mnr Japie Gouws – MD of the ATKV and the CEO of SA Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) Mrs Sibongile van Damme.

Mid-morning rains did not put a dampener on the festivities with close to 3000 locals and tourists flocking to the venue to be rewarded with a sunny, but not too hot, afternoon.

A showcase of the Music van de Caab Music Project at Solms-Delta, the Oesfees wove together a diverse tapestry of South African cultures as revellers from the Franschhoek Valley and beyond kicked off their cares and partied through the day and into the night to the eclectic sounds of bands like Radio Kalahari Orkes, Negosiegoed and the Delta Langbroek Band.

The inaugural Farm Worker of the Year Award by Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Association, recognising the farm workers of the Franschhoek Vignerons was announced at the festival and was awarded to Jacques (Balie) Daniels of Franschhoek Pass Winery. The object of the award is to encourage excellence in all aspects of wine farming. Vignerons members were invited to nominate one or more of their farm workers who were also voted for by their colleagues).

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Read more about Franschhoek Oesfees at the Solms-Delta Website here.


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