Dullstroom Winter Festival
Dullstroom, one of the premier weekend destination towns in South Africa, is gearing up for its 3rd annual Dullstroom Winter Festival, this year in partnership with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, voted World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards and the country’s first single-grain whisky. Over the weekend of 5 to 7th July, this historic Mpumalanga town - celebrating its 120th birthday this year - will be transformed into a hive of musical activity and a whole lot more...
Apart from a rocking musical line-up, the weekend also features a winter festival trail run, a family fly fishing event and a mountain bike race. The town, it’s ample shops and eateries offer specials all weekend and fun things to do from Whisky tastings, displays at the town's raptor centre, cheese tastings, food markets, and a wide range of arts and crafts activities - all designed to be fun for the whole family, creating a unique festival atmosphere. It's going to be a weekend of Blues, Folk and Fishing and participation by whole village in the Christmas in July theme adds a fun, festive element to the event with many premises going all out with Christmas lights and Christmas decor... so tell the kids to watch out for Santa Claus!
This year's musical line-up is set to blow away the mid-Winter blues. Dan Patlansky returns to Dullstroom by popular demand, after shredding the event last year. This home-grown Blues maestro has seen his career storming forward in recent years, and he's just released a new album, 'Wooden Thoughts', his first acoustic record. Folk songbird Laurie Levine will be adding a feminine touch to proceedings. Exciting news is the Dullstroom debut of the legendary Arno Carstens. Also on the bill are the ever popular Radio Kalahari Orkes, fronted by the inimitable Ian Roberts. Matthew Mole, the highly rated young folk music star from Cape Town makes his Dullstroom debut. Naming James, a folk rock outfit from Joburg is also on the bill, as well as The Runaway Train Cult, an act whose classy, bluesy folk has been wowing local audiences over the past couple of years.
This year's official music program takes place over several unique venues. The Cherry Grove Centre Piazza will once again be transformed into a hotbed of world class Blues and Folk, while the ever-popular Dullstroom Grill, The Mayfly, The Dullstroom Inn and Wild About Whisky venues join the musical festivities this year. The newly launched Buddy Bus hop-on hop-off system, will ferry fans across town and between venues, and safely transport them home.
Be sure to visit www.dullstroomwinterfestival.com for weekend activities, entry forms and more information.