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Greyton Rose Fair

It's that time of the year again, when beautiful buds begin to bloom and all the cheery colours that are native to our local fauna come out to play. One particularly exquisite display can be found at the Greyton Rose Fair, an annual event that showcases all that these much-loved flowers have to offer. The theme of this year's fair is 'Roses and all that Jazz', which will take place from 28 - 29 October 2011. The fairytale-like village of Greyton, approximately 90 minutes from Cape Town, is surrounded by the Riviersonderend mountains and farms. It's the ideal subdued getaway if you're looking to get out of the city. And why not view some lovely roses while doing so? The Rose Competition takes place on the Friday (28th) where people are welcome to enter their rose blooms. The judges will then decide on the winners later that day and a prize giving will take place that evening. Another popular attraction opening on Friday is the Art Hop which will see local Greyton artists opening their studios to the public from 5pm - 8pm. If you only plan to arrive on Saturday morning, there's still plenty in store for you to see. The Rose Show opens at 9am on Saturday, 29 October, until 4pm, and again on Sunday from 10am till 2pm. This must-see display of vibrant colour and seasonal buds will be held at the Dutch Reformed Church Hall and entry for adults is only R10, while children get in free. Are you someone who can't get enough of browsing trinkets at markets? Then you'll be on cloud nine at the jam-packed local market that is taking place on Saturday morning. Enjoy a variety of goodies, tasty treats at the myriad of foodstalls, and take your pick of the many roses on sale. A fun parade will liven up the streets from 9am onwards, featuring the Genadendal Brass Band, Miss Rose and Miss Rosebud and their princesses and drum majorettes strutting their stuff down Main Road. If you're an avid gardener, there will be talks on landscaping and gardening on Saturday afternoon at 3pm at the Bowling Club House. Or if you prefer to take a quiet stroll, there are several open gardens in Greyton for you to explore on both Saturday and Sunday.

Some other activities will include:

  • A mountain bike cycle ride organised by Rockhopper Adventures - For children at 12pm on the Saturday and for adults on the Sunday at 8am (R30 per person).
  • A jazz concert at the Post House for the Saturday afternoon at 4pm and another at the Greyton Lodge at 7pm.
  • A bird watching walk in the Nature Reserve on Sunday at 8am.
  • A children's art competition - the winners will be on display at the Rose Show.
  • All restaurants will be open and several of them will have live music.
Don't miss the festivities unfolding in Greyton this year at what will be the 20th annual Rose Fair held in this quaint little town. For more information you can contact Gill Moore, Chairperson of the 2011 Greyton Rose Fair, on gillmoore@greyton.za.org or email tourism@greyton.net.   Image Credits: First photograph: Athol Moult Other photographs: Supplied