Of course with so little notice of IT Guy’s arrival we did not have much time to make plans.
The first morning of his visit I needed to take care of a few work things before making some plans for his visit. He was keen the Chocolate Festival in Stellenbosch and I found a Jazz Festival the following day so I suggested we spend a few days in the area. Normally I would aim to go to an event like the Chocolate festival when it opened but by the time we were ready to leave it was too late for that. There there was a long queue to get into wine farm where the festival was being held. I think we queued for about 20 mins to get parked.
Which of course meant that there were crowds everywhere including for the food vans as it was lunchtime when we arrived. We headed for the building which housed the chocolate festival and after a bit of pushing and shoving we managed to get some chocolate covered strawberries from the fountain. Then I had a cheese platter, it was very tasty but I would have liked more bread or crackers. IT Guy had opted for a pie when we stopped for petrol, which seemed a bit wrong to me. Typical of many of these things there was not enough seating so we had to eat standing up.
We found a stand doing very nice gin cocktails based on various flavors of tonic. There didn’t seem to be enough choice of chocolate to justify the title but maybe this was because I was already familiar with most of the brands (maybe I shouldn’t admit that) although I did find a very nice chocolate spread (without nuts) and some tasty chocolate. So I ended up back at the chocolate fountain for a waffle. Then we got some drinks and IT Guy found a table because the placed had started to empty a bit. We sat for a while enjoying each other’s company, the good weather and the atmosphere.
Our guest house was only about 10 mins away so we stopped there briefly to check in and they recommended Paarl Mall for some food. After snacking on various things we were definitely in need of a decent meal.
It was lovely day and while this kind of festival can get a bit expensive I the weather and the atmosphere made for a very nice day.