19 – 21 November 2015
Fruits have been a friend of mankind for centuries. Cherries in particular have been part of the South African fruit culture for many years. A cherry is the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus and is a stone fruit. In the Free State town of Ficksburg, the cherry is not just a subject of consumption but also for celebration. Ficksburg for years has been home for this small shiny red fruit and consequently earned the title cherry capital. Each year this town bustles with activity as the oldest crop festival in South Africa goes full steam.
With a history that dates back to 1968, it’s arguably the longest running crop festival festival in South Africa.This festival is a great opportunity for the towns self promotion within the country’s tourism circles. It provides employment for the locals and allows visitors to not only sample cherries but the taste of life in this corner of the country.
This festival has a number of programs running concurrently throughout the festival such as childrens events, live music, workshops and a general main program. Activities across the age groups include wine and chocolate pairings, introduction to cooking with cherries, sporting activities like the fun run and road cycle race, a scarecrow making workshop, a circus, a Scottish pipe band and a freestyle motorbike demonstration.
Ficksburg Cherry Festival is a great way to spend your weekend.