With Christmas the ‘season of giving’, and entrance to the market being free, Groote Post is respectfully requesting that visitors bring a Christmas gift for a child, a doggie or a kitty. There will be a ‘Christmas Donation crate at the entrance where you can place any gifts.
The Swartland SPCA is always in need of food for abandoned animals - any packaged food or cans will be much appreciated. The Darling Outreach Foundation has a Child Centre in Darling and they are in need of toiletries for children between the ages of 4 - 15. Deodorant, body lotion, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, wash cloth, towels etc. all donations will be gratefully welcomed.
Guests can expect delectable and beautiful country offerings including artisan foods, arts and crafts, as well as home-ware and décor, and of course, Groote Post’s well-loved wines. Groote Post’s wines will be available for tasting and purchase, including the delicious Groote Post Rosé which is made exclusively for the monthly markets.
All the old favourite stalls will be back, as well as some new exciting ones, with special Christmas stock. Local, of course, is always lekker in Darling with locals presenting a divine selection of gourmet produce including breads, cheese, mushrooms, charcuterie, wors, sauces, olive oils and more. And a big hit as always will be popular craft beers from Darling Brew.
As always the Market will present a perfect playground for children who will love the rolling lawns, tractor rides, face painting, water-balls and target-shooting to name a few of the activities that will be available.
After browsing through the market, visitors can relax in the shade under the trees enjoying the music while tucking into their delicious eats from the market. Groote Post’s award-winning restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen, will be open as usual, but please note that booking is essential.
Although pets are most welcome - all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Visitors with dogs not on leashes will be given an option to buy one from the SPCA stall or hire one at the information stall.
A visit to Groote Post: Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the historic Groote Post farm, owned by the Pentz family and situated in the Darling Hills, presents a rustic and rural atmosphere with undulating hills, vast open spaces and warm country hospitality. In addition to a wide range of award-winning wines, Hilda’s Kitchen’s superb culinary experience and Farm Drives through the private game camp and vineyards, Groote Post also offers spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain, nature walks, bird-watching in the hide on the dam and spectacular West Coast flowers in spring.
Directions: Follow the R27, the West Coast Road towards Langebaan. Turn right onto the Darling Hills Road opposite Grotto Bay turnoff. After 10 km, turn right to the Groote Post cellar. Alternatively, take the R307 out of Darling towards Cape Town and turn off at the Darling Hills Road. After 7km turn left to the Groote Post Cellar. GPS Coordingates.