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Winelands harvest party imbued feeling of belonging and estate wins Social Inclusion Award

April 2009

Franschoek Oesfees 2009More than two thousand revellers feasted on boerekos and danced the day and night away at the second annual Franschhoek Oesfees at Solms-Delta on 4 April. Tickets were sold out for this increasingly popular event held to celebrate the end of the harvest.

The Franschhoek Oesfees prides itself on being an inclusive celebration, bringing together farm workers, wine producers and music lovers, to enjoy the festivities with a focus on authentic Cape cultural heritage, including traditional foods and music.

Its success was acknowledged during the festival when the Resource and Development Foundation awarded Solms-Delta the Cape Winelands Social Inclusion Award for “excellence and innovation in promoting Social Inclusion.”

Video of Oesfees 2009

Franschoek Oesfees 2009Michael Mernagh, board member of the Resource and Development Foundation (RDF) and director of the South Inner City Community Development from Dublin, Ireland, the co-sponsors of the award, paid tribute to other wine farms that were similarly engaged while saying that Solms-Delta had been recognised so that “all that they have done can become best practice”.

The non-stop music at the Oesfees ensured a packed dance floor throughout the day, with Cape vernacular sounds the common theme, drawing everyone together. Bands like Philip de Villiers and Die Blinde Boereorkes, Valiant Swart, Baarskeerdosbos Band, Robbie Jansen, ‘Karoo Kitaar’ spoon-man Hannes Coetzee, the Gramadoelas, and Solms-Delta’s very own Delta Optel Band and the Delta Brass Band kept the audience on their feet.

Three giants of local music – renowned jazz pianist Hotep Galeta, Ollie Viljoen (with his particular blend of jazz, rock, blues and boeremusiek) and Robbie Jansen wrapped up the event, performing together on stage an exciting battle of interpretation between boeremusiek, ghoema, vastrap and Cape jazz!

Franschoek Oesfees 2009Hearty rural food was served throughout the day – a bountiful harvest of waterblommetjie bredie, afval potjie, chicken brijani, bobotie and other ‘Kaapse kos’.

The annual Franschhoek Oesfees is set to become an event not-to-be-missed in the world’s most beautiful wine valley, where everyone can give thanks for the harvest while enjoying the Cape’s uniquely rich cultural heritage.

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