27 September 2011 by Robyn Campbell

Time to pick apricots in Calitzdorp

Lovers of good food and wine are in for a double whammy of delights between 23 November and 7 December when De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp invites all to their festive annual apricot picking.

Calitzdorp is a Little Karoo town on the Klein Karoo Wine Route that’s famous for its award-winning Ports. Except that we’re not allowed to call them Port, so look out for the moniker Tawny instead.

De Kranz have won so many medals that their tasting room has more bling than a celebrity rappers crib, so make sure you come and taste their Cape Tawny, the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve and their novel Pink Port.

But back to the apricots. For a little as R3.90 p/Kg (under half a Euro/Pound/Dollar) you can pick as many bags full of delicious juicy Bulida apricots as you can carry away (except Sundays) from 08h00 until 16h00.

Delicate sweet apricots are a much loved seasonal treat, and you can bet you’ll have stiff competition from the local cooks who’re eager to turn the harvest into jars of homemade jams, preserves and dried apricots.

Calitzdorp is such a friendly, down to earth place, your efforts won’t feel like labour at all, and if you book for the fund-raising braai for the Vygieshof Home for the Aged, taking place on 23, 26 and 30 November, and then again on 3 and 7 December at De Krans, your pickings will seem even sweeter.

Contact Helet Viljoen or Bessie Barnardo at De Krans on +27 (0)44 213 3314 or email dekrans@mweb.co.za .

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