McGregor Tourism Newsletter February 2019
Greetings to you all!
February. The month of love and wine harvesting and what better place to be, than in McGregor? There are some great events taking place and we hope you will be joining us for some (or all) of them!
Temenos Retreat has a Valentine-Day-Romantic-Getaway from the 14th to the 18th of February. The package includes 4 nights’ accommodation and a romantic a la carte menu on the night of the 14th February. Not only will you get a great rate, but you will be spoilt with a complimentary bottle of wine, discount on meals and attentive service from Michael and his Tebaldi’s Team.
The highlight of the weekend will definitely be Valentine’s Dinner at Tebaldi’s Restaurant on the 14th. The delicious 3-course menu includes a glass of Cap Classique (R340.00 pp) and there is a fabulous vegan-menu too (R250.00 pp). Booking essential so do contact Madie: 023 625 1871 / 115
Tebaldi’s Restuarant has recently launched a vegan-friendly menu. This is a first for our village and a great attraction for our visitors. Be sure to click on this link for menu updates and booking information. A reminder that the Garden of the Beloved Exhibition is still on and can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday when Tebaldi’s Restaurant is open. If you would like to join the locals in the monthly quiz that will take place on Thursday the 21st of February, do give Madie a call to book your table.
Another delightful option to consider for Thursday the 14th, Valentine’s Day, is the Sunset Concert in Birdhaven Garden. You are invited to join hosts, JP and Colette, for an evening of Music & Song by McGregor’s own Random Act. Tables and chairs will be provided, so bring along your drinks and eats and gather with your friends to enjoy a relaxed evening together. Tickets are R80.00 per person and available from Shirley and Rhowena in the Tourism Office 023 625 1954
Lord’s Wines have a number of great things on offer this month: On Valentine’s Day all visitors to the Winery will get a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. You will be intrigued by the fabulous event titled “Lip Service”. This is an interactive lipstick and wine pairing hosted by Dennie Pasion and Benita from Lord’s Wines and promises to be an intimate, yet fun afternoon gathering, celebrating women, wine and friendship. Light snacks are included. The event starts at 16:30 on the following dates: 1 & 2 Feb, 8 & 9 Feb and 11 & 12 Feb. R295 per person and bookings are essential: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/lordswines1/
A reminder that the kitchen at Lord’s Wines is open daily and a great place to enjoy a Savoury Platter for two, T20 Toasted sandwiches or 200g Beef burger and chips. All deli items are available as take-aways to enjoy with your bottle of Lord’s Wine on your stoep in the evening. Wine tasting and sales daily, Mon-Friday (09:00-16:00), Saturdays (10:00-16:00) and Sundays (10:00-14:00). Manager, Louwrens Rademyer, has a great suggestion: Why not make Lords your new office? Complimentary Wi-Fi is available, and great coffee is served while you pretend you are working from a high-rise office in the city! Hee! Hee! All wine enthusiasts are warmly invited to come and have a look at the cellar during wine-harvesting time to have a first hand experience to learn more about the art of wine-making and to chat to owner, Jacie Oosthuizen, himself. No need to worry about drinking-and-driving issues: Lord’s Wines have two self-catering units available on the farm and there is an amazing Valentine’s special available this month too. Remember that the beaurtiful new venue is also available to hire for weddings or functions. Enquiries: email@example.com
It’s Robertson Wine Valley’s Hands on Harvest from 1-3 March and Lord’s Wines will be hosting a market on Saturday 2 March. There will be live music, mouthwatering food, beautiful art, local craft and of course our multi-award winning wines. If you would like to be involved in some way, do give Louwrens a call (023 625 1265) to discuss the possibilities.
A very special treat that you should consider giving yourselves when you visit McGregor, is to stay over on Sunday night as well. Sunday afternoons in our village are simply the best! It gives you the perfect opportunity to have a long afternoon nap and then take a leisurely stroll around the village. There will be plenty of time to have a chin-wag on the corner to catch up on some of the village gossip! End off your weekend with supper at the Sandbag House with Tom and Fiona:
On a Sunday, our home The Sandbag House, McGregor, South Africa, is home to Sunday Suppers in McGregor. What started this as a service to the village when there were no restaurants open on a Sunday evening, has become an established feature of the village offerings.
Seasonal menus are set weekly. Booking is essential and closes on Saturdays at noon as they understandably have difficulty accommodating walk-ins. The meals are simple and homecooked, consisting of a set, three course menu with locally sourced ingredients which include seasonal vegetables and herbs from the garden. Vegetarians accommodated but must advise when booking.
We will, by prior arrangement and with enough advance notice, offer Supper @ The Sandbag House for a minimum of four guests and up to ten (numbers dependent on the weather and configuration of the parties).
Booking is essential – by noon the day before (Saturday).
Bring your own drinks
We all know that there is no better way to express our love and care for one another, than by giving a beautiful bunch of flowers! Well, the annual Open Gardens weekend is taking on a new look this year and McGregor is soon to be filled with even more floral beauty than before! The McGregor Magic Open Gardens Festival will take place from the 21st to 23rd of September this year (the Heritage long-weekend) so do make your accommodation bookings soon. Event organisers, Jenny Stipcich and Heidi Muller, are having fun putting a great weekend together. At this stage, over thirty host gardeners and stakeholders have expressed interest in taking part. In addition, ten Community Gardens have been also sponsored by the Robertson Garden Centre. A further pledge of thirty trees has been secured for community projects at McGregor Primary School, the Breede Centre and Byecorf. On 12th Feb. the first of the monthly garden club meetings will take place at Green Gables where all interested gardeners in the whole of McGregor are invited to attend. The guest speakers for Feb. will come from Ball Straathof. Please contact Jenny Stipcich at 0826432404 if you would like to attend. Do follow the McGregor Magic Open Gardens Festival on facebook where you will be able to follow the exciting event contributions that are unfolding. Just a morsel……a well known tree climbing artist plans to shake up the media!
Gregory Peck fans will be thrilled to hear that Wahnfried’s theme for February will be the actor GREGORY PECK (1916 – 2003). Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. He is one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. Peck received five Academy Award for Best Actor nominations and won once for his performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 drama film To Kill a Mockingbird. The line-up of films are:
Fri 1 Feb @ 5pm: Cape Fear (1962)
Fri 8 Feb @ 5pm: To Kill a Mocking Bird (1962)
Fri 15 Feb @ 5pm: The Omen (1976)
Fri 22 Feb @ 5pm: The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Sundays (3rd, 10th and 24th @ 4pm) at Wahnfried this month are mostly devoted to the very highly acclaimed BBC nature documentary THE HUNT narrated by David Attenborough.
The Hunt captures the dramatic encounters of predator and prey in an entirely new light. Featuring the extraordinary strategies of a huge range of predators, from cheetahs and African wild dogs to killer whales and polar bears, these images and stories will revolutionise what you thought you knew about life in the wild.
Whether through speed, stamina or complex subterfuge, each creature’s strategy is honed to its environment – and remarkable adaptations mean that the hunted often can, and do, outwit their hunters. It’s a life-or-death duel where each animal’s skills are stretched to the very limit.
Michael has made sure that the opera lovers are not disappointed and will be screening Verdi’s filmed opera Un Ballo in Maschera on Sunday 17th of February at 4pm.
The live event this month will be a Recital with Mattia Zappa pn Cello and Massimillano Mainolfi on piano. The programme will include works by Bach, Barber, Schnyder and Beethoven. This takes place on Thursday 28 February at 5pm (R120 – including wine). Be sure to contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org / 072 601 1616 to book your place.
One of the popular go-to place in McGregor on a Monday night is Bemind Wines where you will be able to enjoy a glass or two of Ilse’s wonderful wine and savour a delicious vetkoek lovingly made by Jackie Page and Bruciel. This is an empowerment initiative to assist these ladies in paying their children’s school fees, so do give them your support.
Meg and Steve from at the courtyard are on a roll with their pop up music evenings at their performance art centre. Their vision is “connecting people in the heart of McGregor” and boy! are they achieving that hands down! Be sure to like their facebook page to get news of forthcoming events. They recently invited me to spend an evening with them and what a great time I had. You can see me here getting ready to welcome the ladies with my tequila, pineapple 🍍 and Tabasco!
Open Kitchen McGregor recently announced that they have finally received their permanent liquor license! On top of this, Open Kitchen is to be commended for their environmental policy, namely: recycling water, food off cuts, glass, tin, plastic, paper and now have received their first consignment of fully biodegradable take away containers, coffe cups and even toilet paper. Be sure to like Open Kitchen’s facebook page for great not-to-be-missed specials. A musical performance will take place at Open Kitchen on the 1st of February titled Zette Live. Please click on the link for details.
La Galleria Art Gallery will be closed for two weekends, it’ll open again on Saturday 16th February displaying Dani’s beautiful images and prints. I know you all join me in wishing Manu and Dani a very well deserved break.
New opening hours will apply: Sat- Sun 10:30 -14:30
Feel like doing something particularly heart-warming in McGregor? Pop into the Breede Centre:
The Breede Educare opens its door for the little ones from 7.30 until the Early Childhood Programme ends at 16.30. The Breede Centre Afterschool Programme is attended by the village children every afternoon from Monday to Friday between 14.30 and 16.30. There is sport, games, play, needlework, craft, story, gardening and music for the children to enjoy. The Breede Centre On The Road Programme takes all of the above to the streets to the village from Monday to Friday between 14.30 and 16.30.
Katleen Verschoore, ECD & Afterschool Manager, invites visitors to pop in to meet the children and youth leaders and get a sense of the activities offered. Any donations towards materials and food most welcome!
If you are looking for a gift to give your loved one, please pop into the Tourism Office to see the wide range of local products that are on sale. We are sure you won’t leave empty handed and we know your hearts will be filled with joy. Remember Local is Lekker!
Have a great February everyone.
Photo credits: Photos used in this newsletter have come from a number of sources. Please accept our apology if your name has been omitted. Thank you to Linzi Carlisle, Arjan Bogaers, Patricia Hall, Jennifer Johnson, Corli van Wyk, Jacques Oosthuizen, Meg van Schaik, Fiona Cameron-Brown, Daniele Debellis and Katleen Verschoore.