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Sunday 1st of March 2009 : 10h00am

The Bottega family and the Fogolar Furlan (or Friuli society) are bringing together the Italian community at the 3rd annual Da Capo Vineyards’ Harvest Celebration which will take place on Sunday 1st March.

Arrive at the picnic site by 10am (and to avoid Argus traffic) should you wish to participate in the picking as the tractors and trailers will be leaving shortly thereafter for the vineyards.  The ceremonial stomping in the open vats will also take place before lunch this year. Please remember to bring a change of clothing and a towel, or even better a swimming costume, for stomping on the grapes! Hand showering facilities will be provided.

The lunch time braai will be served from 13h00 and will once again be prepared by the Fogolar Furlan, who did a great job last year. The charge for the braai will be a very reasonable R100 a head for adults (R85 for Fogolar members) and R50 for children (R45 Fogolar). Tickets for the braai will be on sale at the entrance to the picnic site. A range of wines for drinking and tasting will be provided free of charge by the Bottega family, in addition to jugs of spring water sourced from Da Capo. If you would like to consume other beverages besides wine or water, please bring your own cooler boxes with ice, cold drinks, fruit juices, beer or ciders. There will be limited seating at some long tables as usual but if you prefer to bring your own picnic blankets/ground sheets or extra picnic tables and chairs to put under the pine trees, this will help as we are expecting more people to attend the event this year. In case we get some wind, please bring along a sweater or wind breaker, and of course plenty of sunblock and hats or caps for the grape picking!! We will send an update on the expected weather conditions in the reminder the week of the picnic.

We will also be arranging some activities to keep the kiddies occupied (table soccer, horse rides, and a petting zoo) and there will be some traditional Italian and Cape music to entertain everyone. This year the Fogolar will be selling the picnic wine that was made last year for R20 a bottle (or R100 for a case of 6) to do some fundraising and, of course, the event would not be the same without the wonderful prizes that will be raffled by the Fogolar so please remember to bring a few extra rands to buy some raffle tickets.

We look forward to seeing you and your families on the 1st March.

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Wednesday 25th Feb latest.