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Viva Arts Festival is Back!

The Viva Arts Festival will be back in Stanford on April 26th!

When, what and where?
8am-7pm
Food stalls, kids activities and local music entertainment
Contact: Regina (076) 3757 116; Wilhelm, CPF, (076) 8108 908
Viva Foundation on Facebook

Place: Die Skema, Stanford, Rugby Field and around (walls to be painted nearby)
Entrance: Free
You are most welcome to join as an artist creating an artwork (we sponsor materials), as a volunteer assisting the artists and with kids activities, or just spread the word and come with all friends and family.

If you missed November’s Viva Arts Festival, read Emile’s post below, and take a look at his photo gallery from the event:

In Living Colour
Emile Scholtz

On the first Saturday of November, under blue skies and the blistering heat of early summer, Stanford village’s reputation for creativity and community spirit was borne out once more in the Stanford Viva Arts Festival.

It began as an outgrowth of the odious policies of apartheid, but the informal settlement adjacent to Stanford village, known as the skema, certainly doesn’t live in its shadow. A stroll through on any given afternoon presents a street life humming with lusty, gregarious energy, but despite this, history’s sanctioned disparity continues to echo in the skema’s many social and economic challenges.

Sven Lager, artist and co-founder of the Viva Foundation N.G.O, brought his vision of a ‘living art gallery’ – first piloted with great success in the township of Zwelihle, Hermanus – to Stanford in an effort to not only uplift and beautify the landscape, but to also inspire tourism opportunities and possible employment for residents in the future.

With the help of Regina Broener (who runs Stanford Creative Works, a riotously fun non-profit art workshop for hundreds of kids at the local De Bron school), and established Stanford artist Nikki Miles, a team of invited artists, village volunteers and up- and-coming talent from within the skema came together to adorn houses with joyful, life affirming murals.

Delightful artworks, running the gamut from representational to the graphic and stylised, came to life over the course of the day, shooting the muted landscape of concrete and brick through with bright strokes of imagination. Colour may have divided us in the past, but in this much enjoyed event it was a unifying force which brought a heartening cross-section of Stanfordians together from both sides of the community for a day of fun, laughter and friendship.

“We can be in the sea every day now!” declared the proud owner of a reposing mermaid to the huddle of curious onlookers gathered at her fence. Now that’s a job well done, Stanford! Plans are in the offing to include the ‘living art gallery’ in the upcoming Stanford Art Route in March.

 

FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS - STANFORD

 

BirdingFLIGHT FOR BIRDERS
A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
STANFORD 27 and 28 March 2014

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the NG Church Hall, Stanford on 27 and 28 March 2014.

The contents of the course have been changed dramatically at the end of 2013: In 2014  we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the course and we will now be celebrating our country’s birds with photographs of some of the top wildlife photographers in South Africa. Much stronger emphasis is also being placed on conservation issues, in line with the MOU signed between the Overberg division of CapeNature and BirdLife Overberg. New additions to the course are sections focusing on the differences between the various families of LBJ’s and other confusing species, as well as Birds of Prey, and how this applies to the region where the course is being presented.

The costs include the course manual and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa, as well as a year’s free membership of either the Stanford Bird Club or BirdLife Overberg – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used.   In many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. The development of an infrastructure for birding tourists in local areas will also be highlighted.  In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide.   The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats.  Parts of the proceeds of courses presented in 2014 will be donated to Black Harrier conservation.
A review of a previous course can be seen at the following link.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG:
〈    One of the bird guide books (Newman’s, SASOL or Robert’s), preferably one that you are prepared to make notes in to illustrate key identification features of species
〈    Notebook and pen
〈    Binoculars (second day)
〈    Comfortable walking shoes (second day)
〈    Hat and sunscreen (second day)
〈    Lunch picnic basket
〈    Coffee and tea will be provided.

DAY 1: Thursday 27 March 2014
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
08h30 to 09h00:  Registration
09h00 to 10h00:  The basic approach to Flight for Birders and what to look for when trying to identify a bird
10h00 to 10h15:  Tea
10h15 to 11h15:  The identification of garden birds
11h15 to 12h30:   A special section on some of the brood parasites of southern Africa and their host species:  Cuckoos, whydahs, honeyguides and indigobirds.
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 14h00:  The identification of the fairly common water birds of southern Africa
14h00 to 14h30:  The identification of the seabirds and coastal birds of southern Africa
14h30 to 15h00:   How to prepare when visiting a new birding area:  Birding in the Kruger National Park as a brief case-study.
15h00 to 16h00:  An overview of some threatened birds in Southern Africa:  what are conservation agencies trying to do about the problem through conservation programmes and how can ordinary birders help?  (We will focus on four of the topics below)
1.    The Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Working towards saving AFRICAN PENGUINS
2.    BLSA’s ALBATROSS Task Force
3.    The impact of PELICANS on breeding CORMORANTS on Jutten Island.
4.    Our BUSTARDS & KORHAANS under pressure
5.    There is hope for AMUR FALCONS migrating through India?
6.    The BLACK HARRIER under threat

DAY 2:  Friday 28 March 2014
08h00 to 09h00:  Practical outing in small groups applying the principles taught.
09h00 to 10h15:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey
10h15 to 10h30:  Tea
10h30 to 11h00:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey (Continued)
11h00 to 11h45:  A special focus on the Owls of southern Africa
11h45 to 12h30:   An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs
12h30 to 13h00:  Lunch
13h00 to 13h30:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs (Continued)
13h30 to 14h00:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Swallows, swifts and martins.
14h00 to 15h00:  Concluding integration:  a focus on birding tourism – the critical role that the Western Cape Province in general and the Overstrand region in particular could play in this regard
15h00 to 15h30: The 101 species in southern Africa that every avid birder needs to be able to identify – how to distinguish between the various families of birds.  (An open-ended participatory discussion on photographs of the most common birds representing different families of birds).
15h30+:  Presentation of certificates.

DETAILS IN BRIEF:
DATES:  27 and 28 March 2014
VENUE:  The NG Church Hall, Stanford
COSTS:  R 500-00, that include the course manual, a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa and tea and coffee
TO REGISTER AND SECURE YOUR PLACE:  
Contact Elaine at birding@overberg.co.za or 082 455 8402.  All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.

#discoveroverberg sets the trend

Stanford Tourism ‘@visitstanford’ and Skye Leask ‘@intheOverberg’ together with their co hosts,

  • Mariette dT-Helmbold ‘@MariettedTH ‘
  • and Thaya Bedford ‘@beatnikloves’,

launched the very first Overberg twitter collaboration in the form of #discoverOverberg, bringing together anything and everything to do with the scenic, and entrepreneurial, #Overberg region of the Western Cape.

Over an hour the online conversation yielded some impressive results, and even had the #discoverOverberg hashtag trending twice in South Africa:

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FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers

                                    FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS

 

FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS downloadable document.

Mosaic Private Sanctuary - Hermanus Lagoon, Stanford

Mosaic Private Sanctuary – Hermanus Lagoon, Stanford

A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:    HERMANUS  (21 and 22 February 2014)

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Hermanus on 21 and 22 February 2014.

In 2014 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the course and we will be celebrating our country’s birds with photographs of some of the top wildlife photographers in South Africa: the course is being adapted with this particular aim in mind. Parts of the proceeds will be donated to Black Harrier conservation.

The costs include the course manual and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used.  In many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. The development of an infrastructure for birding tourists in local areas will also be highlighted.  In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide.   The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats.  New additions to the course are sections focusing on the differences between the various families of LBJ’s and Bird of Prey and how this applies to the region where the course is being presented.

A review of a previous course can be seen at the following link:  http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/conservation/458/%93flight_for_birders%22_review

 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG:

  • One of the bird guide books (Newman’s, SASOL or Robert’s), preferably one that you are prepared to make notes in to illustrate key identification features of species
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Lunch picnic basket
  • Coffee and tea will be provided.  

DAY 1: Friday 21 February 2014

(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).

08h30 to 09h00:  Registration

09h00 to 10h00:  The basic approach to Flight for Birders and what to look for when trying to identify a bird

10h00 to 10h15:  Tea

10h15 to 11h15:  The identification of garden birds

11h15 to 12h30:   A special section on some of the brood parasites  of southern Africa and their host species:  Cuckoos, whydahs, honeyguides and indigobirds.

12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

13h00 to 14h00:  The identification of the fairly common water birds of southern Africa

14h00 to 14h30:  The identification of the seabirds and coastal birds of southern Africa

14h30 to 15h30:   How to prepare when visiting a new birding area:  Birding in the Kruger National Park as a brief case-study.

15h30 to 16h00:  An overview of some threatened birds in Southern Africa:  what are conservation agencies  trying to do about the problem through conservation programs and how can ordinary birders help?  (We will focus on three of the topics below)

  1. The work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust
  2. BLSA’s Albatross Task Force
  3. The impact of pelicans on breeding cormorants on Jutten Island.
  4. Our bustards & korhaans under pressure
  5. Good news for Amur Falcons in India
  6. Black Harriers under threat

 

DAY 2:  Saturday 22 February 2014

08h00 to 09h00:  Practical outing in small groups applying the principles taught.

09h00 to 10h15:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey

10h15 to 10h30:  Tea

10h30 to 11h00:  The identification of raptors and birds of prey (Continued)

11h00 to 11h45:  A special focus on the Owls of southern Africa

11h45 to 12h30:   An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs

12h30 to 13h00:  Lunch

13h00 to 13h30:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Little Brown Jobs (Continued)

13h30 to 14h00:  An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups:  Swallows, swifts and martins.

14h00 to 15h00:  Concluding integration:  a focus on birds and birding tourism – the critical role that the Western Cape Province in general and the Overstrand region in particular could play in this regard

15h00 to 15h30: The 101 species in southern Africa that every avid birder needs to be able to identify – how to distinguish between the various families of birds.  (An open-ended participatory discussion on photographs of the most common birds representing different families of birds).

15h30+:  Presentation of certificates.

DETAILS IN BRIEF:

DATES:  21 and 22 February 2014

VENUE:  The Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Main Road , Hermanus

COSTS:  R 500-00, that include the course manual and  certificate. 

TO REGISTER AND SECURE YOUR PLACE: 

Contact Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za or 082 455 8402.  All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.

Ask Ansie - Christmas Cheer

Need some Christmas Cheer?

We Asked Ansie to share 6 of her latest Facebook finds to get you in the festive spirit. Leave a reply in the comments and let us know which of these you’re going to try! Snap your own pictures of your projects and post them to the Stanford Tourism Facebook page.

Ask Ansie, Stanford, Overberg

1. You’ve got to love Little A Designs – the brainchild of UK mom, Marna Lunt. “I make handstitched cushions, hearts, mini hearts and rosettes out of vintage and new buttons and fabrics collected from everywhere.” Moral of the story? Get creative, don’t be afraid to experiment with colour and textures this Christmas. https://www.facebook.com/littleadesigns

2. Feeling it with Felt – Stuck for Christmas wrapping inspiration? Have a look at HeartScapes for décor and wrapping tips. Ditch the carry bags and have fun with your presents this Christmas. https://www.facebook.com/HeartScapes

3. Love Christmas? This is the Facebook Page for you! What more can I say? https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Love Christmas/158400003723?ref=stream

4. Feeling Handy? Why not make this clever herb garden for your loved one’s kitchen? There’s nothing quite like cooking with fresh ingredients! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=598013286927143&set=a.122535861141557.17054.120852584643218&type=3&theater

5. Turn your Cakes into a Christmas Wonderland! Think past the marzipan and mistletoe designs this festive season and get your icing, and creativity, flowing! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.630053107045304.1073741826.241044322612853&type=1

6. When last did you make your own Christmas Ornament? Get some friends together and have a craft party with these fun Christmas Baubles. Tip: Music Fans – try it with old sheet music! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=682097015143694&set=a.560239393996124.1073741826.560229000663830&type=3&theater

Ask Ansie, Stanford

Local Brew Hero Part 1- Cath Croxton

No more beer anymore!

Bottles ready and waitingThe worst thing for me about discovering I have celiac disease is I can no longer drink beer. In my past I liked nothing better than savour the delights of downing a luke-warm soapy pint of old English ale, or chewing my way through a healthy Guinness. A freezing cold European pilsner was also great.

But now those days are over, Or so I thought.

But then I remembered I could brew my own beer if necessary. I searched South Africa for a beer kit to no avail (the homebrew market here has not woken up to the gluten free world). But Europe has so I then bought one in the UK and brought it here.

My poor husband was then tasked with drinking a lot of grolsch beer so I had reusable bottles to use.

3 weeks later I have 42 bottles of what I hope will be drinkable beer. And 2 more kits are on their way from the UK. Watch this space…as i share my first adventures of ‘gluten free beer making’

Bottles ready and waiting

Top spots in the Overberg -blog.sa-venues.com

I thought ten days would be more than enough to take in a few of the towns and highlights of the Overberg, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ten days is but a dress rehearsal for the performance, and we could easily return for another two weeks and still not have captured the essence of the Overberg.

STANFORD

Stanford

Stanford

Stanford is a delicious not-so-small, but very fashionable town, and a lot of Capetonians have second homes here. A lot of the original buildings have been restored and there is an historical walk one can do (pick up a brochure at the town’s information tourism office), followed by lunch in at least three highly recommendable restaurants – Mariannas, Madré’s Kitchen and graze (make sure to book ahead, as at least two of these are only open over weekends when trade picks up).

 

Read More: http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/top-spots-in-the-overberg/

An Unadulterated Childhood

An Unadulterated Childhood – Emile Scholtz

emile

Thick as thieves and stepping into adolescence together, Ruby Walne and Juno Dawson have struck up a famous friendship since meeting in Stanford. The nearest mall may be miles away, but the rollicking outdoor adventure lying at their fingertips more than compensates, they happily agree. Larking in the river, capering through the streets, unsupervised trick-or –treating and the not uncommon bout of orphaned baby animal rearing are just some of the things that make Stanford a veritable playground.

Ruby and Juno tell us a little about this sheltered, inimitable country lifestyle and reveal why more and more parents are moving away from the city to provide an increasingly rare gift for their kids: a safe, carefree childhood.

The best thing about living in Stanford?

Ruby “It’s a safe place for kids of all ages; we can give our mom’s and dad’s a break from all that worry. We ride up to the shops for them and just go out for a picnic while they stay at home doing things adults do. I love it here because I felt trapped like a bird in a cage where I lived before. We couldn’t do anything without my mom with us and she was very busy, but here I feel like I have freedom.”

Juno “You can play in the road and ribstick (a shimmying offshoot of skateboarding) to each other’s houses without worrying about cars, except for Queen Victoria Street – you have to look left and right there.”

The best thing about being home schooled?

Ruby “The official answer is, well…my mom says children have to grow up too quickly in normal school and not everything you learn there is that important later on in life. We can choose what we want to study and learn about it in other ways than just books. But the unofficial answer is I can do my schoolwork in my pyjamas.”

Food heroes of Stanford - countrylove.co.za

A few weeks ago I was honoured to visit and feast at the personal home of Innes and Brydon from Havercroft’s . The food was out of this world, as it always is, but there I met Cath who introduced me to Food heroes. Food heroes focus on creating a platform for food producers of the Overberg area, especially Stanford, to reach their full potential.

We always rely on the big supermarkets to get our necessities but why not buy directly from the producer ,save money and get everything as fresh as it possibly can be. I would especially keep this in mind if I am staying, vacationing or planning a function in the Overberg area.

Below you will find some more information provided by Cath about Food Heroes. I personally have sampled some of the food produce below as some of them are stationed at the Saturday morning market in Stanford. I can 100 % guarantee top produce and quality.

Bringing the local back into our homes

Just east from Hermanus is a rich and fertile valley nestled between the Kleinrivierberg mountain range and the sea. The Kleine River valley has long been known as the ‘pantry of the Cape’ and its fertile potential continually attracts and inspires individuals to start up food activities.

But it is often difficult for these small-scale food producers to raise awareness of what they do. You can sometimes find them at local markets but the rest of the time you are forced to buy mass-produced food products from those huge supermarkets we both love and hate.

In Stanford, a small town on the Klein River, two women have started up a campaign to bring local consumers and food producers together. By knowing who to contact to buy local cheese, eggs, breads, meats, honey and preserves, they believe it should be easier for consumers to buy locally and easier for these local food producers to make a better living.

They also believe it’s time to bring the local back into our homes. Why buy a lettuce grown just 4kms from your home but shipped across the country and back to your local supermarket. Wouldn’t you rather buy it direct from the producer? It’s not good for the producer who receives little for their product, it’s not good for the consumer who pays more for something less fresh, and it’s not good for the environment thanks to the resources used to ship it round the country.

There are already 15 local Food Heroes on the Stanford Food Hero list and this number is growing. A brochure has been distributed with photos, stories and contact details of all the Heroes and they are running a market stall to promote the campaign. And this is just the beginning.

For more information about the campaign, contact Cath Croxton on croxton@gmail.com (078 254 5693) or Jenny Sauer on jennysauer40@yahoo.co.uk (076 257 9983)

Mareé Hugo : www.loveheartsandfood.blogspot.com

 

South Africa’s best country dorp - Getaway

Stanford is a strong contender for South Africa’s best country dorp. A short drive from its more touristy neighbour, Hermanus, it’s got that quiet country charm of pancake stands on the main road on Saturday morning, food markets with organic farm-fresh produce, broekie-laced quaint pubs, and friendly locals. Stanford also offers fantastic restaurants, including the award-winning Mariana’s, a wine route with some up-and-coming wineries, and a renowned microbrewery. There’s a wealth of activities for outdoorsy types. Just beyond the town are scenic mountain biking trails, there’s canoeing and cruising on Klein Rivier, and Salmonsdam Nature Reserve has scenic hiking trails amongst mountain fynbos, forests and waterfalls. There’s something to please everyone in Stanford, and coupled with its convenient location in the Overberg (it’s close to Gansbaai, Elim, Cape Agulhas and De Hoop Nature Reserve) means that if it’s not at the top of your dorp to-do list, it should be.

While you could easily spend a weekend in Stanford chilling out at one of its charming guesthouses or B&Bs, there are so many things to do in and around town that you’d be missing out. Here are 12 things to do in Stanford (try and fit them all in to one weekend if you’re one of those ‘can’t sit still’ types).

 

1. Beer tasting and pub grub

The Birkenhead Brewery produces some fantastic microbrewery beers: do a tasting of their six beers (see if you can handle the Black Snake – a blend of ale, brandy and stout), and then decide on your favourite to accompany great pub grub such as calamari and chips (my favourite dish), hake in Birkenhead beer batter, and Birkenhead beer pie. Tel 028-341-0183.

 

2. Italian dining

Couple Catch and Jero Revette run the Graze Slow Food Café, a fantastic Italian restaurant, which is only open on the weekend (book in advance). They serve up scrumptious seasonal meals cooked with ingredients from their garden – homemade pastas, mouth-watering risottos and sensational gelati for dessert. Cell 082-491-8317.

 

3. Country cooking

Mariana’s, is probably South Africa’s best country kitchen (it’s won Eat Out the award for best country kitchen numerous times), is booked up weeks in advance (and I mean weeks), and it’s easy to see why: the food is excellent and the service quirky and personal. Mariana Engelbrecht cooks in a tiny kitchen, while husband Peter serves up her creative yet simple seasonal dishes: think perfect chicken pie, springbok ragù, spinach and gruyere roulade, and gorgeous puddings: I loved the mulberry platter of mulberry cake, ice cream and sorbet. Tel 028-341-0272.

 

4. Cheese, glorious cheese

Go for a cheese tasting at Klein Rivier, and try the award-winning Havarti, Raclette and Gruyere. Between November and April, the cheese farm offers picnics on the lawns – a great idea for kids, as there’s a playround and pen with farm animals. Baskets are R220 for two adults (children’s picnic baskets are also available), which include salads, cheese, cold meats, cake, tea and coffee. Tel 028-341-0693.

 

5. River cruisin’

River cruises on the Klein Rivier are a great way to while away a sunny afternoon, and spot the 129 species of birds in the area. Platanna (cell 073-318-5078), African Queen (tel 028-341-0929) and River Rat (cell 083-310-0952) all offer guided river cruises.

 

6. Hiking and mountain biking

Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, 20 kilometres east of Stanford, has three one-day hiking trails, ranging from three to seven kilometres. There are also mountain biking tracks. Buy a permit at the gate which costs R30 for adults and R15 for children (two to 13). Tel 021-483-0190, www.capenature.org.

 

7. Wine tasting

The Stanford Wine Route encompasses Springfontein Wine Estate, Raka (try the Biography Shiraz), Brunia, Boschrivier, Sir Robert Stanford, Stanford Hills, and Lomond Wines. Meander through the wine farms and stop for lunch at Madre’s Kitchen on the Sir Robert Stanford estate. For information about the Stanford Wine Route, call tel 028-312-1785.

 

8. Beaching

Head to the dune-lined windswept Mierkom Beach to the west of Stanford for whale and dolphin spotting and walks along the coast. If you’re in a 4×4 you can do the Walker Bay Fisherman’s 4×4 Trail (be careful – the sand is very soft). Contact Cape Nature, tel 021-483-0190.

 

9. Tree hugging

Go hiking in or take a guided tour of Platbos Indigenous Forest, home to 1000-year-old trees, such as wild stinkwood, millkwood and wild peach on the slopes of the Baviaanspoort Hills. Entrance fees are R50 an adult and R20 a child. Call beforehand to book a guided tour. Accommodation for six people is in eco-friendly tents with a fully-equipped kitchen. Rates start at R700 for the camp (for six people). Cell 082-411-0448, email info@platbos.co.zawww.platbos.co.za.

 

10. Horse riding

Go horse riding along the beach or in the mountains around Stanford. The African Horse Company offers one-, two- and three-hour rides starting at R200 a person, as well as multi-day horse rides, which start at R5700 a person for three nights. Cell 082-667-9232, email omstables@telkomsa.netwww.africanhorseco.com.

 

11. Shopping

Stanford’s Victoria Street is lined with antique shops stocking all manner of treasures, from jewellery and furniture to old trunks and bric-a-brac. Stop in at the New Junk Shop (tel 028-341-0797), Stanford Trading Store (tel 028-341-0449) and Sir Robert Stanford Antique Shop.

 

12. Fabulous weekend markets

If you’re in Stanford on the last Friday of the month, don’t miss the market held on the village green in the late afternoon. The whole town seems to be there, accompanied by kids and dogs, in what is the social event of the month. Sip Birkenhead beer and local wines and sample the smorgasbord on offer, from pancakes and Prego steak rolls to Provencal quiches and vetkoek with perlemoen. Stock up on pinotage jam, fudge, kudu boerewors, bottles of wine, and creamy homemade feta cheese. Cell 083-604-0808. The Saturday morning market on Stanford’s main drag, Queen Victoria Street, exemplifies country living at its best – locals catch up on gossip while a band plays in the background. There are hard-to-resist cupcakes and tarts and cakes (my favourite were the apple-and-peanut-butter muffins), freshly baked artisanal breads, bunches of country flowers, organic veggies, cheeses, jam and preserves, including tasty chilli marmalade. Tel 028-341-0499.

 

Accommodation in Stanford

Stanford River Lodge is just outside town, set on peaceful 300 metres of riverfront (borrow one of the canoes for a paddle). Owned by Valda and John Finch, a friendly couple who are more than happy to give you suggestions for things to do and book you restaurants, the lodge has five cosy rooms and two self-catering cottages, all with views of the river. Rates start at R590 for a room in the guesthouse or a self-catering cottage (sleeps two), to R790 a room for the honeymoon suite, which has the best view in the lodge over the river. A full English breakfast with all the trimmings can be ordered for R85 a person. Tel 028-341-0444, email stanfordriverlodge@new.co.zawww.stanfordriverlodge.co.za.

Rolling green hills surround Stanford Valley Guest Farm, a 10-minute drive from Stanford on the R326. The organic working farm (guests are invited to pick their own veggies) is a wonderful place to stay if you’re looking for the restful quiet of the country. There are walking trails on the farm, as well as dam for swimming. There are 19 cottages, of which 10 are en-suite and nine self-catering. Rates start at R595 for the ensuite cottages and R650 for the self-catering cottages. Tel 028-341-0574, email info@stanfordvalley.co.zawww.stanfordvalley.co.za.

 

For more accommodation options in Stanford, go to accommodation.getaway.co.za.

 

Who to contact

For more on Stanford tel 028-341-0340, email stanfordinfo@overberg.co.zawww.tourismstanford.co.za.

Getting to Stanford

From Cape Town take the N2 towards George, and then take the R43 – exit 90 (Hermanus turn off). Carry on this road through Hermanus towards Gansbaai/Stanford. Stanford is 22 kilometres from Hermanus. Stanford is 144 kilometres from Cape Town.

- See more at: http://blog.getaway.co.za/travel-blog/12-things-to-do-accommodation-stanford/#sthash.B0JKdhf6.dpuf

Author : Sarah Duff