Elgin’s Apple Festival

Below the information about the 2016 Festival which took place in May. Read more about Elgin and Elgin events here.


Applewood Preparatory School hosts the first Applewood Harvest Market on 7 May 2016, as the region marks the end of the harvest with a celebration of all things apple.

Expect apple bobbing, hay diving, tractor rides, mini-zipline, a dog show and hoop throwing. Early risers can get an Autumn morning start at 8am when the Tru-Cape Trail Running Challenge begins. This 11km run winds through a circular route of fynbos and farmlands along with its mini-me trail event; a 5km family run. Plenty of prizes are in store to keep athletes motivated.

Afterwards, Festival-goers can replenish at the Applewood Harvest Market with food stalls from Elgin’s authentic smokehouse, The Hickory Shack, country gourmet food from The Pool Room Restaurant, padkos favourites and freshly squeezed apple juices from Peregrine Farm Stall and artisanal food and products from Terra Madre.

Visitors can also visit the apple stall for apple tastings, apple pies, toffee apples and apples by the bag as well as hand-crafted apple stationery. Warming soups, farm fresh bread, candy floss, kettlecorn, Belgian waffles and snacks will also be for sale.

Some of Elgin’s top wine-makers will be present, including Oak Valley, Cluver Wines, Almenkerk, Shannon Wines, Spioenkop and Thorne and Daughters – along with Elgin’s craft cider-makers Cluver Jack, Eversons and Windemere and local craft beer, Boomer’s Brew.

Shoppers can browse jewellery, clothes, accessories and homeware whilst organic vegetables, honey and flowers from the Valley will also be for sale.

Live music from Gian Groen will have Festival-goers hunkering down on the hay bales as the kids are endlessly entertained with a host of old-fashioned games at the little people’s Festival. Make the most of the event by booking in for an Elgin weekend. Elgin Valley Tourism will connect festival-goers to the best deals.

The trail runs start at 8am, whilst the family fun run starts at 08h30, but get there early to register.  Market-goers can arrive from 9am, with the day winding up at around 3pm.

Tickets for the Tru-Cape Trail Running Challenge are R100 for the 11km and R50 for the 5km available on http://www.quicket.co.za/events/15230-applewood-harvest-festival-trail-run/#/


For more information:


Facebook: Applewood Preparatory School

Twitter: @applewoodprep

Instagram: @applewoodprep

Visitors to the market can pay a voluntary R10 per family entry fee towards the schools fund-raising efforts.


Applewood Preparatory is a top primary school in Elgin; one of the most family and child orientated private schools near Cape Town, South Africa. We are situated just over Sir Lowry’s Pass in a safe and beautiful country environment, surrounded by rolling hills of apple orchards, vines and fynbos. Applewood is a country school focused on innovative, dynamic and individualised education where every child (and their family) is encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life; from sport, cultural and academic to social responsibility and care of the environment. We invite you to visit and to share in our vision for happy, knowledgeable, confident and well-rounded children in a twenty-first century country school.

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