Stellenbosch’s
joyous, colourful Harvest Parade takes place on Saturday, 01 February 2020.
This annual tradition celebrates a year of hard work, heralds the start of the
harvest season and gives thanks for the bounty ahead.

“It’s a fantastic
sight and wonderful tradition to be a part of,” says Elmarie Rabe, General Manager for the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
“Not only do you get to enjoy the festive floats, music and unforgettable
winelands ‘gees’, but you celebrate this year’s grape harvest with the
winemaking community. It’s a special and significant event on the region’s
calendar.”

The parade
starts in Alexander Street at 09h00 (outside the Dutch Reformed Church
Stellenbosch-West), before moving up Alexander Street, turning right into Bird
Street and then left into Plein Street, where it comes to a stop at the Town
Hall for the customary harvest blessing.

Expect a delightful
flotilla of trucks and tractors, marching bands, minstrels and plenty of fun
along Stellenbosch’s oak-lined streets. 
“It’s a time to dance, sing and make merry before the serious work of
harvest begins,” says Elmarie, “and to celebrate with the farmworkers, wineries
and estates in the true spirit of community and thanksgiving.”

A highlight of
the event is the Huisvlyt  Craft expo,
which officially opens at the Stellenbosch Town Hall after the parade. Visitors
can enjoy a variety of stalls, local produce, handmade homeware, preserves,
bakes and so much more.

Entry to the craft
expo is absolutely free, making this year’s harvest festival the perfect,
family-friendly day out in the Cape’s ‘City of Oaks’.  

The 2020 Harvest
Parade is hosted with the support of the Stellenbosch Municipality and sees the
participation of some of South Africa’s top wine farms, including Kleine Zalze,
Clos Malverne, Middelvlei, Kaapzicht Beyerskloof and L’Avenir.

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