Winter Wool festival

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Date: Friday, 24th June 2022 to Sunday, 26th June 2022

The Winter Wool Festival hosted by Middelburg Tourism will take place on Saturday the 24th - 26th of June in and around Middelburg Karoo.

An exciting range of wool exhibitions, speakers & workshops lined up - so make sure to plan your winter holiday around your visit in Middelburg

Listen to an interview about the upcoming Wool festival on RSG

Karoo Winter Wool Market

The Karoo Winter Wool Market will be taking place at Dwarsvlei Guest Farm. We are excited to announce the attendance of an incredible line up of wool producers, wool manufactures, innovative small businesses and a serious line up of heavyweight speakers. We are also driven to making this market day an amazing experience for visitors of all ages with various forms of workshops and other entertainment.

The Karoo Wool Market and Expo will show case all the wonderful woollen products that are created by our thriving natural fibre manufacturing and fashion industry. Natural fibre manufacturers will have the opportunity to showcase their products and share their story, along with networking with other producers who are just as passionate about wool.

A local produce food market will be available for festival goers to taste some delicious locally made food and drink. A huge effort from the districts best eateries has been made to serve only the best and most satisfying traditional Karoo food and drink.

An educational wool demonstration of throwing, classing and processing Karoo wool, will be done to show festival goers the process that wool goes through in order to progress from sheep to shop.

Paradigm shifting speakers are lined up for your listening pleasure. They will be speaking about agricultural economics, sustainable farming, the future of farming in South Africa and the importance of natural fibres in South African fashion. These intellectual keynote speakers are something that can’t be missed.

Tickets : Get your ticket here!

If workshops are your thing, we have an exciting line up of natural fibre workshops. These include dyeing, creative knitting and felting amongst others.

Winter Wool Run & MTB

Beskuitfontein Trails proudly presents the first Karoo Winter Wool Run & MTB on Saturday, the 25th of June 2022. This is a family-friendly trail run/hike and mountain bike event taking place on a working sheep farm! Race entries and their supporters will be welcomed by freshly ground coffee/hot chocolate and beskuit, as well as bonfires burning at the race village from early morning to warm them up before they start. Race entries can choose between a 5km and 10km trail running/hiking route, or a 27km mountain biking route. All the routes are well-marked and feature beautiful scenic landscapes of the mountainous eastern Karoo. The terrain varies between Jeep-track, riverine rocky trails and easy walking/running/cycling veld paths.

Race entries will also have chance to listen and learn from Karoo bossie expert, Dr Loraine van den Berg from the Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, who they will encounter on route ready to show and tell about the unique ecology of this part of the Karoo - and why it is ideal for wool production. Each race entry receives a goodie bag filled with goodies, including vouchers which can be used to buy woolen products at the Karoo Winter Wool Market starting at Dwarsvlei farm after the race. Each finisher will also receive a special Winter Wool Run & MTB medal. Core Merino is proudly sponsoring beautiful Merino wool shirts to the male and female winners of each distance. The prize-giving ceremony will be taking place during the Karoo Winter Wool Speaker Programme at Dwarsvlei farm. Sport Teams can also enter at a 20% discount and stand a chance to win a special prize!