The annual Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival returns to the Western Cape on 3 May 2014. Elgin Valley wine estates will be open for wine tastings, luncheons and an assortment of activities. The Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival has been divided into three sections – morning, lunch and afternoon – starting from 9:30am and ending at 5pm. Each estate offers a chance to taste the wines produced, as well as gain insight into the rich culture and heritage of the Elgin Wine Route. Expect live bands, art shows and collections, children’s playgrounds and tractor rides throughout the festival. Day passes can be purchased at any participating wine farm on the day of the festival at R50 per pass; however lunch sessions need to be pre-booked in advance. For more information, visit elginwine.co.za. Please note that the festival promotes designated drivers and the responsible use of alcohol.