Delight in the zesty flavours of winter at Boschendal’s Citrus Festival 2023

Posted on 23 May 2023 By David Henning

Boschendal welcomes the crisp, golden hues of winter in the winelands with a mouth-watering selection of authentic farm experiences during this year’s Boschendal Citrus Festival.

‘Our farmers have been hard at work all year, nurturing and tending to our citrus harvest, and our orchards are now bursting with delicious, sustainably-farmed citrus fruit,’ Tamara Patel, Chief Marketing Officer at Boschendal, said. ‘Our Citrus Festival is a celebration of the bounty of our orchards, and we invite our guests to enjoy a range of authentic experiences this winter, and the opportunity to live our farm their way.’

The Boschendal Citrus Festival 2023 will take place from 15 June to 30 July, with a range of special events and farm activities to suit every taste.

On Saturday 24 June and Saturday 15 July, guests are invited to join Boschendal’s expert farming team on an authentic Citrus Picking Experience in the farm’s historic orchards. There are several time slots available each day, offering guided groups the chance to pick fresh, sustainably-grown citrus. Costs are R80 per person which includes a bottle of water and 1kg of citrus to take home. Spaces are limited so booking for the orchard pickings is essential.

In addition, Boschendal is hosting a morning market next to the orchards on both dates, with a selection of delicious, citrus-inspired food, Boschendal wines, as well as a selection of clothing and jewellery stalls, with tractor rides and face painting for kids. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

On Saturday 22 July, guests can take part in the Squeeze, Zest and Preserve Workshop, where Brenda from Brenda’s Preserves will teach the finer art of using farm-fresh citrus to make glühwein, marmalade, cordial and more. The workshop will be hosted at the Olive Press and run from 10 am to 2 pm. Costs are R950 per person, including all ingredients, a snack and welcome drink, and a take-home gift. Space is limited to 30 people, so book now to secure a spot.

For those with culinary interests at heart, our Citrus Masterclass chef demonstration experience and 5-course lunch, promise an unmissable experience.

Hosted by Boschendal’s Executive Chef Eric Bulpitt, guests will gain first-hand experience on how to make a seasonal, citrus-inspired meal using farm-fresh citrus from the nearby orchards.

Offering a rare opportunity to enter the farm kitchen and see the expert culinary team at work, this intimate event also includes a 5-course meal paired with Boschendal wines and a citrus-inspired gift to take home.

Limited to ten guests per class, this special experience will take place on Saturday, July 1st and July 29th. Costs are R1500 per person and booking is essential.

Finally, the Citrus Festival will culminate in a Long Table Lunch on July 30th. Guests are invited to enjoy a delicious, three-course menu inspired by the finest tastes from this year’s harvest, hosted in the cosy indoor confines of the Olive Press venue. Space is limited to 150 people and bookings are essential. Costs are R950 per person and include a special keepsake to mark the occasion. A cashless bar is available for all beverages.

For more information about the Boschendal Citrus Festival 2023, please visit

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