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Wilderness Festival 2017

In 2016, the very popular George Cheese Festival was uprooted and emerged as the first ever Wilderness Cheese and Wine Festival. Now in its second year, the picturesque town of Wilderness will play host to the Wilderness Festival in and around the The Wilderness Hotel Resort & Spa.

On the weekend of 5 – 7 May 2017, the Wilderness Hotel will once again host the main venue and food stalls, while the garden and lawns surrounding the pool will provide the ideal backdrop for activities and stalls.

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Following its success in 2016, the Wilderness Festival broadened its focus from a cheese and wine festival and plans to bring the village of Wilderness to life with an even wider array of activities and attractions at the Wilderness Hotel.

Iconic South African artist, Anton Goosen, will be performing on Friday the 5th of May while, Afrikaans balladeer, André Swartz, will be bringing proceedings to a close on Sunday, May 7. In between these two highlights, the Wilderness Festival will be bringing you around 30 hours of music by local artists, performed on two different stages.

Wayne Hart will be broadcasting the Algoa FM Top 30 live from the festival between 9:00 and 12:00 on Saturday the 6th of May. Yet, if that isn’t enough music for your soul, be sure to join the Summer Music Colour Run, “a 5km, untimed fun run with each kilometre providing either a blast of colourful powder or a blast of summer tunes.”

While the festival has broadened its horizons, wine will still be a key feature. Wine cellars include local Garden Route cellars like Jakkalsvlei but even boast such cellars as Backsberg Estate Cellars and the Rhino Run Wines.

Royal Rhino and Van Loveren Family Vineyards have pooled their resources to create the Rhino Run wine range in an effort to raise funds and awareness for rhino conservation. For every bottle sold a donation is made by Van Loveren Family Vineyards towards the Player Ntombela Foundation, carrying on the work of legendary rhino conservationist Dr Ian Player. Donations go directly to the Foundation with no admin costs or deduction made by Royal Rhino, or the brand owner, Van Loveren Family Wines.

Other treats for the taste buds include gin, witblitz, beer and mampoer. On the food front, there will still be cheese aplenty, although food available range from picnics to spit braais, including vegetarian delights.

Festival hours are as follows:

Friday May 5 – 14:00 to 22:00

Saturday May 6 – 09:00 to 22:00

Sunday May 7 – 10:00 – 16:00


Tickets are available online from Ticketstroom, or at the entrance and cost R90 for adults, R50 for children between 12 and 18 and are free for kids under 12.

Tickets for the Summer Music Colour Run are available from their website at


You can contact the Wilderness Festival on 044 882 1046 or 084 446 3422

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