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Save date of the Patatfees

Starting as a simple country festival to pay homage to the humble patat (sweet potato), the Napier Patatfees has grown immensely.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Patatfees from Friday 15 June until Sunday 17 June. What better way to mark the occasion than to celebrate its heritage, which is the theme of this year’s festival. Napier and the Overberg are generally becoming famous for its fine wines, so they aptly decided to rename their festival the Napier Wine and Patatfees.

Friday 15 June:

The Napier Wine and Patatfees kicks off on Friday afternoon with a 3 km Fun Run, starting at 17:00, organised by the local police. So if you are keen to participate, registration is from 14:00 at the Agulhas Skills School.

If you fancy getting dressed up to the nines and meeting some of the locals, then the Dinner Dance is the place to go to. Take your own refreshments and make your way to the local school hall. But book soon, as this is always a highlight in the Napier social calendar! Tickets are available from Van Wyk Attorney in Napier at 028 423 3697.

For adrenaline junkies taking part in the following day’s activities, there is ample opportunity to carbo-load, or if you prefer a banting diet there are multiple delicious options to try at one of the many excellent restaurants in town.

Saturday 16 June — Youth Day

In more recent years, The Napier Patatfees has hosted a highly successful series of Mountain Bike Races, Half Marathons thanks to their partners SMF Events. This year once again promises to be a bunch of highly enjoyable races, for all levels of fitness. The Napier Half Marathon offers a 21 km, 10 km and 4 km Fun Run kicking off at 08:30 at Napier High School. Cross three farms, pristine fynbos, a vineyard, across a mountain and brave the scorpion ... it’s a blast!

The MTB Race offers four distances: a 55 km, 45 km, 30 km and 15 km, starting at 08:00. The routes have been planned and marked with care and are absolutely stunning in June. The fynbos is on full display.

So don’t delay and enter via the following website:


Late registrations will be open at the skills school on the Friday afternoon from 16:00 until 20:00.

The carnival on Saturday afternoon promise to be fantastic and enjoy a free concert in the evening by Akkedis.

Sunday 17 June

For the early birds among you and those who just cannot get enough exercise, sign up now for the trail runs. Registration is from 07:00 at the Skills School.

For the super fit there is a challenging 28 km run taking in breath taking scenery through fynbos up the mountain paths, with a less gruelling but equally pleasurable 18 km race starting shortly afterwards.

For those who prefer a more gentle hike then join in the 8 km trail run. Whichever level of fitness you are there is something for everyone.

On Sunday after the trail run, a free 25th anniversary party is planned for all residents and visitors, with more market stalls, local musicians, and entertainment for the kids, including pony rides, a kids fashion show and dogs in fancy dress. What better way to treat the family than a day out on Father’s Day?

Or, spend it at leisure just soaking up the slow country vibe and joining them for a delicious patat-themed lunch at one of the festival’s excellent restaurants, paired with a local wine. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite Scarecrow.

All details can be found on the brand new website www.napierwinepatatfees.co.za.

For updates and any queries, visit the official Facebook Page: NapierWinePatat.

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