PIP PIP HOORAY Cherry Seasons on its way.
There simply cannot be anything more luscious than fresh succulent cherries, and the very best cherries in South Africa are grown in the Ficksburg/Clocolan districts where Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat & Conservancy is situated.
The beginning of the Cherry Season here in the Highlands starts around the last week in October and the well known Cherry Festival, which is the longest running crop festival in South Africa, will be held this year from the 16th to the 19th of November 2017 in and around the rural farming villages of Ficksburg and Clocolan. Top quality cherries and cherry products are available within a 15 minute drive from Amohela as is the only registered cellar in South Africa producing a unique range of products made from cherries, with a tasting room for its liqueurs and wines.
The festival has much to do, cherry farm tours, delicious picnic baskets with scrumptious goodies to be unpacked and enjoyed in the picturesque environment of the cherry orchards, boxes and boxes and boxes of the yummiest fresh cherries to be bought, cherry products, bottles of maraschino cherries, cherry jam in port wine, the cherry list is endless.
Locally wonderful places where there are interesting stalls, good lunches and breakfasts to be had in lovely surroundings with safe play areas for children. Fresh green asparagus punnets can be purchased at a really good price, the most decadent hand made chocolates for dedicated chocoholics, cherry spitting contests, cooking with cherries and cherry recipes, and fun evenings with local South African artists to entertain.
The Cherry festival itself is very busy, noisy, interesting and much fun, but for those of you who would like to enjoy the scenic Highlands, the vastness and silence AND have you cherries and eat them, the weekends before the festival and the weekend after the festival are the times to book, 3.4.5. November through to 24.25.26 November, excluding the festival dates of 16 -19 November, as much that is available over the festival weekend is available those dates.
In or out of the festival dates, Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat & Conservancy is the ideal and perfect getaway. Over the festival weekend there is nothing more special, after a fun day of noise and people and events, to come back to Amohela and relax on the deck-with-a-view, braai on the covered deck or patio whilst a beautiful evening of stargazing lies ahead. For those who can visit during the weekdays, most venues are open seven days a week.