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A Kenton wine festival with a Karoo flavour

A Kenton wine festival with a Karoo flavour

The Karoo Wine Club, organisers of the famous Stoep Tasting Wine Weekend in Graaff-Reinet and Nieu Bethesda are going coastal.

WINE TO COME: Gabrielskloof is among the estates that will probably be at the Great Kenton Wine Festival. The harvest is in mid-swing, as seen in this photograph taken this month

With Kenton/Bushman’s roots, the organisers are eager to articulate a similar wine infused, tourism booster to the barefoot capital.

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The Great Kenton Wine Festival was formalised in September 2020, when representatives of the Karoo Wine Club met with local Rotarians and business leaders to speak about the idea that of bringing a wine tourism match to the Kenton/Bushman’s area in these tricky financial occasions.

The basic mannequin in the back of all of the Karoo Wine Golf equipment occasions is “mutual income motive”, whereby any approved local membership, society or business that gets sharp with their functions, festivals and occasions, stands to assist if they are prepared to muck in and catch entangled and share in the spirit of the match.  And by “spirit of the match” they mean bringing original money into the space and retaining it there, in reveal to eliminate the local financial system and labour market.

The Great Kenton Wine Festival 2021 is a small “tester” weekend to establish if such a weekend is feasible and beneficial to the Kenton/Bushman’s community as an annual tourism match at some level of the traditional off season,” said Rose Wright of the Karoo Wine Club.

“If it really works, and the community benefits, we are able to certainly contemplate at making it an annual match that may rival our famous Stoep Tasting Wine Weekend in the Karoo.”

Kenton Rotary member Justin Wilmot said: “The local financial system is really taking strain due to the seasonal nature of our tourism market as well as the horrendous impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. Teaming up with the great and skilled team at the Karoo Wine Club to articulate grand crucial tourism to our space over a glass or two of wine is a fantastic idea.”

Louis Hattingh, director of local projects of the Kenton Chamber of Industry, said: “The very basic idea is for the KWC to ask 11 of the most piquant wine estates and producers in SA to Kenton for the prolonged weekend of March 19-22, for a Sunshine Coast inspired weekend wine tasting at the Kenton Bowls and Diaz Angling golf equipment.  Whereas they are here, the local restaurants, golf equipment and societies team up with them and plan a entire weekend of bespoke Covid-friendly, wine-infused special dinners and occasions and functions around them.

“And boy, have the local companies jumped at the alternative and arrive up with among the most amazing ideas and experiences,” he added.

Industry owner Annie McInnes said: “All the weekend is totally local business targeted and with the exception of the wineries, who are the drawcard, handiest local Kenton/Bushman’s area entrepreneurs and companies may participate, this to verify that that the majority of the income generated by this weekend stays in the local financial system.”

With tickets to the Great Kenton Wine Festival already almost supplied out, organisers are aiming that the match becomes a major tourist attraction for the space in years to return.

Information and bookings at www.stoeptasting.co.za

A Kenton wine festival with a Karoo flavour