The annual Harvest Parade in Stellenbosch will take place on February 1, celebrating the start of the grape harvest.

Hosted with the support of the Stellenbosch Municipality, the 2020 parade will see the participation of some of South Africa’s top wine farms, including Kleine Zalze, Clos Malverne, Middelvlei, Kaapzicht, Beyerskloof and L’Avenir.

“It’s a fantastic sight and wonderful tradition to be a part of,” said Elmarie Rabe, GM of 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.”

Spectators can expect to see a fleet of trucks and tractors, marching bands and minstrels, and plenty of fun on the streets of Stellenbosch. “It’s a time to dance, sing and make merry before the serious work of harvesting begins,” said Rabe.

The Huisvlyt Craft expo is a highlight of the event, and officially opens at the Stellenbosch Town Hall once the parade is over. Visitors at the expo can find local produce, handmade homeware, preserves, bakes and more.

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