About the Cherry Festival

Ficksburg is known throughout the country as the Cherry Town, and the two have become synonymous with each other. The Ficksburg Cherry Festival takes place during the third week in November. This is the oldest crop festival in South Africa.

Every year, festival activities include cherry tours, a golf classic, a half marathon, cherry product competitions, veteran vehicle displays, equestrian events and beer fests. New exhibitions on the list include a food and wine fiesta. A 'ready, steady, bake' competition is always a firm favourite to watch as is the making of cherry mampoer (a South African moonshine).

Well-known South African artists provide live entertainment and the festival itself is usually hosted by a national celebrity. Highlights of recent festivals included appearances by the Soweto String Quartet and the Lipizzaner horses from Johannesburg.

To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book your accommodation well in advance for this event. Visit the Ficksburg Accommodation pages to find guest houses, hotels and self catering places to stay and for additional info about Ficksburg which includes attractions, restaurants and things to do, see Ficksburg Info.

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When21-25 November 2019

WhereFicksburg Cherry Festival Grounds, 1 Shawground Road, Ficksburg, 9730, Free State, South Africa

Telephone+27 (0)51 933-6486

OvernightStay nearby in Ficksburg, in Free State

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For a first hand review of the Cherry Festival see: It’s the Ficksburg Festival, my cherry!

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