We are deep into Plett’s secret season but this year there is nothing “secret” about all the activities on offer. Our town has been a veritable hive of things to do and enjoy with entertainment designed to suit every taste and preference.
Food Film Festival
Ikasi Media partnered with Plett Tourism to host the first South African Food Film Festival. For three days, 10th July -12th July 2014, we were indulged in all things culinary, tickling our palates and feasting our eyes.
There are Food and Film Festivals around the world, the Amsterdam Food and Film Festival, and the New York Food and Film Festival to name a few. Plett is excited to present the first of its kind in Africa – Plett Food and Film Festival. The organisers hope that this will become a national event drawing large audiences and food lovers, connoisseurs and experts from far and wide.
The Festival has set the following objectives:
To entertain festival participants with quality screenings of world-class local and international feature films, short films and documentaries that explore food, farming, food manufacturing, food sustainability and anything that celebrates gastronomy.
To inform festival participants with edifying discussion after screenings and in forums within these themes, hosted by experts in the field.
To delight the senses with gourmet culinary presentations by local food connoisseurs linked to the films on the programme.
Plett Fringe Festival
This June also saw the second Plett Fringe Festival and there was something for everyone, from magic to music and comedy to dance. The festival is held to benefit the Kids of Kurland School Project which focuses on human resources on behalf of the parents and the community.
A highlight was the show “Big Girls” which offered hilarious and brilliant vocal acts, The Tree Show in which the importance of nature and trees is beautifully portrayed and Herman Charles Bosman Stories told by David Muller.
These and a host of other shows were on offer to entertain and delight visitors to the Fringe Festival. Performances took place at the White House in Plettenberg Bay.
In addition to all these delights the inspired talent of the Tshisa and Lunchbox theatre groups also took their talents to the streets, whilst other town venues bustled with all things festive – visual arts, installations, craft and street markets.
At the same time as all of this wonderful panorama of arts and culture Plett hosted the annual Wedge Classic National Body Boarding Championships.
Tristan Roberts took the honours in the Pro Final, but the locals performed very well with Samuel Kampher coming 3rd in the Pro Final and Cameron Watkins finishing 4th in the Junior Finals.
When George trainee pilot Rassie Mare crash-landed on Keurboom’s Beach not so long ago, after losing a propeller in mid flight, Derek Friedlinghaus was reminded of another story about an unexpected landing on one of our beaches. In April 1972 a plane carrying three passengers plus luggage was forced to land on Lookout Beach due to thick mist over the airport at Plettenberg Bay. Those were the early days of Station 14, Sea Rescue Plettenberg Bay, which was founded in 1970. The ten station members were asked to push the plane from the soft sand onto the hard wet sand near the water. The pilot battled a bit to get the plane unstuck but eventually got it airborne just before the mouth and then did a low level pass up the beach with all three passengers safely strapped in.
To conclude in this resurgent and upbeat spirit Plett is back on the radar of holiday home buyers and they are spending anything upwards of R5-mil to a record price of R45 million for a luxury beach house on Beachy Head. Five years ago there were almost no sales here above the R10 million price mark but the property market has been on a gradual road to recovery in recent years and it has been a very successful summer season for property agents Younger buyers are also increasingly investing in holiday homes and also vacant plots. While most buyers intend building holiday homes, many are simply investing with a view to future capital growth.
With the Tsitsikamma Mountains, forests, rivers, Blue Flag beaches, devoid of the hustle and bustle and traffic jams of Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, it is not uncommon for families to come down for a whole month in December and in later years for holiday homeowners to retire here. CemAir’s recent flight service from Cape Town and Joburg have also made Plett even more accessible for holiday makers.
So if you missed the secret season this year, don’t despair. Things will be bigger and better next year for sure.
The Accommodation Bureau Team