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SA Cheese Festival is Going Places with Four Pop-Up Picnics

02 February 2022

The award-winning SA Cheese Festival returns after two years. Cheese and wine lovers can look forward to a brand-new experience – a month-long journey of cheese and more!

A series of four SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnics takes place over four weekends in April 2022 at four popular destinations – from the Winelands to Walker Bay to the West Coast and back to the Winelands.

Come and experience how this popular festival unfolds into an expedition of discovery – with a winning recipe of quality. At every SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnic, a variety of exhibitors will offer everything you need for a picnic adventure, from picnic baskets to local, international, and artisanal cheeses, selected wine, craft beer and gin, as well as exceptional artisanal foods and local products. Visitors can also look forward to free entertainment programmes with top South African artists, tasting demonstrations and other interesting activities.

The SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnics kick off on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2022 at Warwick Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch. Next, all roads lead to Benguela Cove Lagoon wine estate outside Hermanus on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2022. Then, it is time to discover the West Coast route to Groote Post outside Darling on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April 2022. To end off April and to start the new month of May, a rediscovery awaits at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2022.

The SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnic on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2022 takes you to Warwick Wine Estate, at the foot of Simonsberg between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts. The farm's rich history, dating back to 1771, creates a special visitor experience. Picnic lovers like to escape to Warwick for a picnic on their lawns, and their sommeliers get full marks for their knowledge and friendliness. Visitors can look forward to a variety of exhibitors with wines from the vicinity, as well as, of course, cheese, beer, gin, and other picnic delicacies. And to top it all off, the entertainment programme on both days includes a performance by the ever-popular music group Watershed.

At the second SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnic on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2022 you can explore Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate outside Hermanus. Benguela Cove truly deserves its motto as the coolest destination – with panoramic views of the lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Benguela is also sought after for fun activities for visitors of all ages. Here, you can even learn the art of Sabrage – opening a bottle of bubbly with a sabre! At Benguela Cove, a true adventure awaits visitors, including their exceptional estate wines, a variety of exhibitors, as well as a wonderful atmosphere. Popular artists on the entertainment programme include Ard Matthews on Saturday and Francois van Coke and his supergroup Die Gevaar on Sunday.

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April 2022, all roads lead to Groote Post Wine Estate in the Darling hills, on the West Coast, for a SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnic. Groote Post is a historic 18th century farm on the West Coast where you can enjoy wines that reflect the uniqueness of the region's vineyards. Visitors can look forward to country hospitality, exhibitors with delicious cheese and other delicacies, award-winning wines from Groote Post and surrounding wine farms, as well as craft beer and gin. Can it get any better – o yes, on Saturdayyou will be entertained by the famous group Die Heuwels Fantasties and on Sunday by Francois van Coke and his supergroup Die Gevaar!

The final SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnic in this series will take place on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2022 next to the beautiful dams at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. Visitors can expect a variety of interesting cheese, food and drinks exhibitors and fun entertainment. The good news is that popular musicians such as Die Heuwels Fantasties and the latest singing sensation Will Linley will be performing on Saturday, and Flat Stanley and Kurt Darren on Sunday. And even better news is that Monday is a holiday! Fans better jump with only 2 000 tickets available per day at Sandringham, conveniently located along the N1, Stellenbosch turn-off (exit 39), between Cape Town and Paarl.

Tickets cost R350 per person per day with visiting times from 10:00 to 18:00. Tickets are available at Webtickets ( as well as at Pick n Pay stores. No tickets will be sold at the gates. Only a limited number of tickets are available at each venue and strict Covid-19 protocols will apply.

We are going places with the SA Cheese Festival Pop-up Picnics – for more information, visit, Twitter @SACheeseFest, Facebook @SACheeseFestival, Instagram @sacheesefest, or contact Agri-Expo on 021 975 4440 or