Oppiwa 2016 is just about here! Events 02 FEB 2016

This weekend (5-7 February 2016) sees the annual Oppiwa music and wine festival hit the tranquil streets of Jacobsbaai once more.

If you have never heard of Oppiwa before, it’s actually pretty cool. It is an entire weekend of wine and Afrikaans music, all held in the tiny getaway village of Jacobsbaai, which sits off the road kind of halfway between Vredenburg and Saldanha up along the West Coast.

oppiwa tractors

At the heart of Oppiwa is the tractor pulled trailers – in other words, literally ‘Op die wa’, for which you buy a ticket and then get to enjoy the company of your selected Afrikaans musician as you guzzle sponsored wine with like minded fans while driving through the dusty streets of Jacobsbaai.

At some point in your trailer trip, you’ll stop at a local’s house, where you’ll dig into some finger food, have more wine, and then get treated to a personal little music session with your chosen artist.

It’s a seriously great way to get up really close and personal with your favourite Afrikaans music idols, and needless to say, a heck of a fun day out.

IMG_20150207_103451 footpath in jacobsbaai

This year there are quite a few Afrikaans heavy hitters on the playlist, including the likes of Valiant Swart, Gian Groen, Jak de Priester, Anna Davel, Mathys Roets, Koos Kombuis, and Danie Niehaus.

So yes, I suspect Jacobsbaai will be bursting at the seams this weekend then.

IMG_20150206_182109 first jacobs bay oppiewa tractor sighting

Obviously, seeing as we have pretty much become regulars in Jacobsbaai these last few years, the Lotter clan will be there too!

(Though I’m giving the trailer a skip with this buggered knee thank you very much. Chantelle will just have to drink on my behalf as I stay behind and entertain the kids…)

IMG_20150208_121539 craig lotter sitting with daughter jessica on the deck

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Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don't have time for myself any more.