Music-loving Richard Astor is the force behind this Cape rural musical festival that was inaugurated at Solms-Delta in April 2008, and is now an annual event. The Franschhoek Oesfees, South Africa’s authentic harvest festival, takes the form of a heartfelt ‘thank-you’ to the valley’s farm-workers, to celebrate their hard work and bless the year’s harvest. Complementary admission is extended to the workers of all Franschhoek Valley farms, but limited tickets are also available to the general public. Each year the festival team scouts the winelands and hand picks a number of local musical gems. These amateur and professional bands from all over the Boland flock to Solms-Delta’s outdoor stage, entertaining thousands of revelers who bop and sway to the sounds of goema, Cape Jazz, langarm, vastrap and boeremusiek. Rustic local cuisine is served all day.
The next Oesfees will be held on 22nd March 2014.
View all the past Oesfees events on video clips below:
The Franschhoek Oesfees prides itself on being an inclusive celebration, bringing together farm workers, wine producers and music lovers, to enjoy the festivities with a focus on authentic Cape cultural heritage.