Wine On Water Festival Is Coming To St Francis Canals

Out of the traditional world of seated wine tasting and liberal palate cleansing, something original and fresh has emerged and is coming to the village of St Francis Bay. For those people who love to be on the fore-front of exciting occasions and happenings, this is one you do not want to miss out on.

St Francis Bay Canals

Photo © Darren Peens


Wine On Water (WoW) is a brand-new wine tasting sensation coming to St Francis. It is a unique, water-transported wine tasting event that will see 20 wine estates set up in gorgeous houses on the canals, and will see water taxis delivering festival-goers to their wine tasting stations located at one splendid deck after another.

A hop-on hop-off experience, WoW is set to redefine wine tasting in the St Francis area, and the inaugural event is going to blow minds. It will deliver the basics of any traditional wine tasting event, being See, Swirl, Smell, Sip and of course Swallow, but by taking place on the splendid water-ways of the St Francis canals, it will be an incredible way to spend the weekend in St Francis. The 20 estates will have 120 of the best South African wines on offer, as well as some exquisite gin and rum tastings in the mix.


WoW will be based at Quaysyde, with the wine tastings taking place on the decks of selected private homes on the canals. There will be 20 decks to visit over the two day period, and festival-goers will have their afternoons filled with fun, laughter and amazing wines as they cruise the canals in an innovative rendering of the traditional booze cruise.


WoW will take place on the 27th and 28th March. Tastings begin at 12 noon and end at sunset on both days, when a whole new party kicks off at the Quaysyde Restaurant and marquee tent. There will be delicious, locally produced artisanal food available, more craft drinks on offer, live music for all and a whole lot of good times to be had at Quaysyde. The night time entertainment will add another whole dimension to the weekend’s festivities.  


A team of dedicated St Francis Bay Rotarians are putting this great event together for the betterment of the village, and to uplift sections of the community less fortunate than themselves.

WoW organisers are only utilising local businesses, vendors and service providers for all their day-to-day needs over the two-day festival in a bid to make it a community-first project, and all proceeds from the weekend will go towards various St Francis Rotary projects in the region.


There will be a fine selection of some of the best wine producers in the country. The wine estates include the likes of Luka Vineyards, Babylonstoren, Stellenbosch Foothills Vineyards, Highlands Road, Leenders (Bezuidenhout Family Wines), Tokara, Mellasat Vineyards and Cederberg.

Tickets are R475pp and are limited. They can be booked here

The tickets will definitely sell out for the inaugural year, so book early to avoid disappointment.

To find out more please visit and should you have any hassles with booking your tickets online please email us on

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Prime Timers January News

Prime Timers is a Social Club For Retired / Semi Retired People serving St Francis Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth.

Prime Timers is a non profit social club for fun loving, retired, able bodied people who enjoy monthly outings of various kinds. Lunches, dinners, picnics, concerts, game parks, Christmas lunch, entertainment and short holiday breaks. Join our friendly social club and add fun to your life.

For membership enquiries phone Paulene – 042 2940301 or 084 7897801

The next Prime Timers Get-Away is planned for 25th to 28th April. Read below for all that is planned for this not to be missed holiday away!

Hi Prime Timers,

I’m so happy to give you details of our next holiday break. A wonderful blend of culture and nature and not too far from home. A smaller party of Prime Timers stayed here 3 years ago and the management remembers us well ! we enjoyed comfortable rooms, wonderful home cooked fresh food in the lovely, large rustic lodge.

The Lookout at Kirkwood boasts magnificent views over the Sundays River Valley, one can only stand in awe as you admire the spectacular scenery from the restaurant deck. The main guest lodge is a very short walk from the restaurant nestled between spekboom and other indigenous flora. Don’t be surprised if you meet an Impala or Gemsbok en route !! A swimming pool is available weather permitting, the peace, tranquillity and scenery is exceptional. We arrive Saturday 25th April, locate our rooms, unpack and meet in the bar at 6.00pm before we enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner.

After Sunday breakfast we can relax with free time. In the afternoon we drive to Hopefield Country House arriving at 15.00 for a wonderful in- house soiree’ ( I have attended several, you will NOT be disappointed ) Drinks available at the bar. After the concert we will enjoy a vast array of exceedingly good canapes and refreshments in the beautiful gardens. After a very special entertaining day we return to The Lookout for our evening dinner.

After Monday breakfast we drive to Addo Elephant National park, a favourite place for many of us. Remember to bring cameras, binoculars, your ID and Wild Card if you have them. Enjoy a great day in Addo, ( look out for the lions) After some enjoyable game viewing we meet in Cattle Baron restaurant for lunch at 1.00. The rest of the day you can continue game viewing.

After Tuesday breakfast we make our way home. Alternately, take the time to spend a couple more hours in Addo National Elephant Park, or those who have never been to Daniels Cheetahs this breeding conservation project is very close by. Another great stop off point is Nanaga to stock up on their delicious pies or other produce.

Total cost including 3 nights bed / breakfast / 3 course dinner and 2 lovely excursions R2.350.

Members receive a contribution towards petrol. 50% deposit due by 20th February at latest.

For more information or to join Prime Timers call Paulene Hardy on 042 2940301 or 084 7897801

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