Patensie Citrus Festival

This past weekend, after two and a half months living in Jeffrey's Bay (minus a week in Europe), I finally ventured away from work and surf to see some more of what South Africa has to offer. With Captain David at the helm and Kirsty and Kotie-Alet in the mood for adventure we headed inland to the centre of South African fruit-growing, the town of Patensie, for its annual citrus festival.

What transpired, through certain participants' excessive competitiveness (along with a desire to exciten the event a little), was a contest to see who could eat the most fruit during the course of the day. Thankfully fruit drinks were included and as we drowned ourselves in orange and pomegranate juice the marks on our hands denoting our fruit consumption grew, as did the rumbling in our bellies. A rumbling that didn't bode so well for the girls' sleep later that evening...

It was a smaller affair than expected, and in a slightly more dour setting than we had hoped, with most stalls set up inside a very dark shed, but quite fun thanks to the company and featured Afrikaan culture at its finest - I swear one in three were wearing Springbok jerseys, and the music, oh the music!

We observed, laughed and enjoyed that on offer before heading out the mystical Hankey's Window, the coverage of which shall appear here next time I get a few spare minutes...