If you thought The Cape Town Flower Show was just for gardening loving grannies think again, the annual festival is actually one of the most highly anticipated lifestyle events on the Cape Town calendar and for good reason! While the show does place a big focus on gardening trends, landscaping, and the art of floral arrangement it’s not just for green-thumbed Capetonians. There’s so much for everyone to see and do at this unique event, which will see the Castle transformed into a garden of Eden for a weekend – whether you want to spend the afternoon exploring the show gardens and retail area or just sit back, relax and soak up the vibe, you’re bound to find loads to do. One big attraction at this year’s event will definitely be the Backyard food court area – a place to eat, drink, explore, and take in the beautiful surroundings. Here are 3 reasons foodies need to visit The Cape Town Flower Show 2016!

1. It’s a chance to taste, sample and shop some of Cape Town’s best artisan foods. 

If you love small batch, handmade, and handcrafted eats and drinks then this is the place to discover some of the Cape’s best artisan food and drinks. Think craft beer, craft gin, bubbly, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and so much more. Buy some goodies to enjoy at the show or stuff your basket and take all sorts of treats home with you to enjoy later on – it’s up to you!

Cape Town flower show

2. It will inspire you to eat from your garden

The Backyard is all about learning to eat and enjoy naturally grown foods. The food court area will inspire you to eat from your garden and think about your own backyard in a different way. You can also learn more about gardening and growing your own edible treats from the many workshops available at the show – there’s something for everyone from keen and novice gardeners to kids.

3. It’s a fabulous day out

If you’re tired of the usual Cape Town market scene then this year’s show will be a breath of fresh air. Nothing beats the idea of sipping on a delicious craft gin and tonic or a craft beer while surrounded by some of the most beautiful show gardens and floral displays around. Make a day of it and spend an afternoon with family and friends soaking up the laid back vibe at one of Cape Town’s most well-known landmarks.

Cape Town flower show

And, once you’re stuffed and done shopping up a storm make sure you also make time to check out the Show Gardens. This year’s event will offer 20 show gardens designed by the country’s top landscape architects and designers. Judging from the promo video for the event it looks like this year’s event is going to be the best one yet! watch the full video below.

The Cape Town Flower Show 2016 will take place from 27 – 30 October but tickets are available for purchase now at R110 (R180 at the door)! For more information and to secure your tickets visit the Cape Town Flower Show website