Stellenbosch Harvest Parade paints the town red with winemaking pride

The marchers of the Western Province Marching Band at the 2016 Stellenbosch Harvest Parade.

Cape minstrels, drum majorettes, merry farmworkers and marching brass bands take to the streets of Stellenbosch for the annual Harvest Parade on Saturday January 27.

;The convoy of stylishly adorned ‘chariots’ – tractors, trailers and farm trucks from participating wineries like Simonsig, Lanzerac, Waterford, L’Avenir, Eikendal, Alto, Neethlingshof, Kleine Zalze Wines, Middelvlei and Delheim – will parade through the City of Oaks to usher in the busy grape harvest season, paying homage to the real people behind this labour of love and especially the invaluable contribution of South Africa’s farmworkers.

“Our Harvest Parade, a heart-warming tradition, is a great way of not only celebrating the work of thousands of men and women responsible for sustaining the wine industry in Stellenbosch, but also acknowledges them as an integral component of our industry,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes manager, Elmarie Rabe.

 The parade gets under way at 9am, and will be followed by a harvest blessing and awards ceremony at the town hall in Plein Street at 10am. 

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