The weather is warmer and the days are longer. Like everyone at Andy Cab, you’re probably looking for any excuse to head outdoors. What better reason to spend some time in the sun than a summer festival dedicated to food, music or both? Here are four of the country’s favourite summer outdoor events for you to consider:

The GWK Cherry Festival – Ficksburg, Free State

Date: 20 – 22 November 2014

Capped as the ‘Cherry Capital of the World’, Ficksburg celebrates their most important export in November each year with the Cherry Festival. The inaugural event was held in 1968, making the Cherry Festival one of South Africa’s longest running festivals.

This year, festival organisers are expecting more than 20 000 people to descend on Ficksburg, with activities planned for young and old. Those who like to run or bike, can use some of their time to race in the Ficksburg Marathon or compete in the Cherry Festival Mountain Biking Challenge. However you choose to keep busy, it’s sure to be worth your while!

Up the Creek – Breede River, Western Cape

Date: 29 January – 1 February 2015

If listening to live music from the comfort of a lilo sounds like your idea of fun, then Up the Creek is definitely the festival for you. Saturday sees festinos flocking to the river with their floating devices to enjoy the bands playing on the water-side stage.

It’s a small festival compared to others like Oppikoppi and Rocking the Daisies, but that’s part of Up the Creek’s charm. It’s not only the under-30s who attend either as anyone is welcome –  it’s billed as the festival where “everyone comes together”. Next year will see 30 live acts perform on three stages, accompanied by some of the best comedians South Africa has to offer. Don’t miss it!

Backsberg Picnic Concerts – Franschhoek wine region, Western Cape

Date: Starting February 2015

Every February, Backsberg Estate Cellars hosts a series of picnic concerts. In 2014, the line-up included Koos Kombuis, Blues Broers, Francois van Coke, Bed on Bricks and Mr Cat and the Jackal. Sounds are delivered in acoustic form, making for a relaxed afternoon out.

The 2015 line-up is yet to be released, but every concert is sure to be a treat. All you need to bring are “blankets, chairs and good vibes.” Backsberg’s beautiful wines are on sale and you can pick and choose from their scrumptious menu for something to eat.

Lambert’s Bay Crayfish Festival – Lambert’s Bay, Western Cape

Date: 20 – 21 March 2015

Like the people of Ficksburg, Lambert’s Bay locals like to celebrate the delicacy they’re known for. In this instance, it’s fresh crayfish. And it’s done in grand fashion once a year at the end of March, in the form of the Crayfish Festival.

Naturally crayfish, on its own and in dishes, is on offer, but festival goers can also empty their wallets at any of the many craft stalls and dance the night away to live music. With more than enough for the kids to do too, it’s definitely a family-friendly festival.

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