You may think the best time to visit a wine farm in Stellenbosch is during the day, but this April the popular Spier wine farm is coming alive at night! Yes folks, it’s time once again for the much loved Spier Light Art Festival. From 18 March to 18 April 2022, visitors to the fourth annual Spier Light Art will experience an array of light, sound and video artworks throughout the farm. It’s an experience not to be missed and makes for a magical evening out with friends or a special someone.
A night-time adventure for the whole family to enjoy, this annual event features an exciting array of interactive artworks scattered across the historic Stellenbosch estate. Created by talented artists and designers from South Africa and beyond, the artworks use light, sound and video to illuminate the present moment and help us to imagine where we might be headed next.
Spier Light Art is free to the public. But, visitors do need to book to ensure adherence to Covid protocols. The best time to visit is at dusk, when you can catch both the beautiful sunset and the switching on of the lights.
The various exhibits range from whimsical creations to thought-provoking art pieces, making sure there is something for everyone to love and enjoy. Give yourself at least 2 – 3 hours to get through the entire exhibition at a good pace, because you won’t want to miss out on anything!
Food & wine
Of course, a visit to Spier isn’t complete without indulging in their delicious food and wine offerings. I would suggest selecting a pre-booked sunset picnic when booking your Light Art tickets online and finding a space on the grass before the show starts for an al-fresco dining experience you won’t soon forget. Guests can collect their baskets from 18.00, and return them by 21.00, so you have plenty of time to have a leisurely picnic on the lawns before setting off on an art adventure through the farm.
The summer picnic menu includes a Vadas banquette (served with white bean hummus); cheese platter (Brie, Havarti, Lavash & raisin chutney); Carnivore lunchbox (Farmer Angus charcuterie, pickles, Beef Frikkadels, & chicken drumsticks with mustard and honey); Potato Salad, Roasted Cauliflower Salad; and Nutty Caramel Pie for dessert. The picnic also comes with a choice of either white or red wine, and other beverages can be bought from the deli at an additional cost.
The picnic is R295 per person and there is a vegan option as well. The picnic for 2 people is extremely generous, and we managed to feed three people on a picnic for 2, so make sure you go hungry if you do decide to order a picnic to enjoy. It’s well worth the price and everything included in the basket was divine. My favourites were definitely the freshly baked bread loaf and accompaniments, and the Beef Frikkadels and chicken drumsticks in the Carnivore box.
If you don’t want to book a picnic, the Spier Farm Café is open daily until 22.00 with a delicious build your own picnic offering, great coffee and late-night treats.
If picnics aren’t your style, then you can also grab a bite to eat at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery. The restaurant is open until 21.00 on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays, booking is advised. There is also a Braai Pop-up open daily until 21.00 and The Spier Hotel Restaurant is open daily until 23.00 – pop in for a drink and snacks at the bar.
Find out more information and book your spot for Spier Light Art online now.
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