This eastern Free State town isn't known as the world's "cherry capital" for nothing - and apart from the tasty red fruit there's farm-fresh asparagus and locally produced cheeses to look forward to.
YOU and Huisgenoot's food editor, Carmen Niehaus, will be at the festival at the Ficksburg showgrounds to demonstrate a variety of ways these ingredients can be served. Her special guest at two cooking demonstrations will be local cheesemaker Anneke Sorour of Green Goose Cheese. Anneke is well known for her range of organic cheeses, including halloumi, asiago, a matured "farm cheese" and the unique Ficksburger.
The demonstrations - on Friday 19 November at 5 pm and on Saturday 20 November at 11 am - will take place in the Semble-It kitchen at the showgrounds. They will last about 45 minutes each and entry is free.
Tickets can be bought at the gates and cost R30 (Thursday), R40 (Friday) and R50 (Saturday). Children under 16 and pensioners pay R15.
For more information
Media24 Family Magazines: Nerisa Coetzee, 082-717-1844.
Cooking demonstrations: Edmund Beukes, 083-447-8007.
Cheesemaker: Anneke Sorour, 082-925-2770.
Cherry Festival website: www.cherryfestival.co.za