Flamjangled Tea Party has fast become my favorite party because it is light hearted, fun and I can take my kids along with me.
Arriving early on Saturday morning ensured that we got parking close to the entrance and I was happy to see that there were showers this year (even though I had no intention of using them).
There were lots of enthusiastic, fantastical people already parading around in their get-up and lots of little dudes and dudettes with their fanciful parents.
The BOS ice tea caravan is always a welcoming sight and we happily hydrated ourselves. This year there was a 'Tea Garden' type setup in front of Lady Bonin's Tea Parlour caravan. You could 'build a giant sandwich' with huge pieces of sponge bread, felt cheese, lettuce and giant pieces of material tomato. There was also an oversized chicken leg, a piece of pie (that served as a great seat) and a cupcake poof. The giant purple teddy became a punching bag for almost every child that came through the Tea Garden. Lily loved that teddy.
The weather was fickle on Saturday but we got a good amount of sun, sitting around the dam. It was nice to see more bins this year so we could keep the area clean. My kids loved trying to figure out which bin their recycling went into. Paper, cans, plastic and 'other stuff'.
Brendan Murray was a much better MC than last years Sister Mary. His St Paddys Day tribute went down a treat. His irish accent and humor were fantastic. The only issue I had was that I wish he had kept it slightly more above the belt during the day. Little ears like to pick up slang/swearing and repeat it at the most inopportune times.
There were a lot more gazebo-type shady spots available this year, which was greatly appreciated. Even though the sun was fickle, it was still at full blast once the clouds moved.
I enjoyed watching 'Two Minute Puzzle' and Nate Maingard and Tim Hutchinson. I also woke up at 2am and heard GoodLuck playing and it sounded great. Yes, I was asleep. Kids were exhausted and in bed by 7:30. Going to such a great festival with kids is almost a waste because you miss out on so many great bands.
The one complaint I do have is that the portable toilets were not emptied often enough. A tad smelly at times, but I guess that is the festival standard.
Besides that, I thoroughly enjoyed my Flamjangled Tea Party. The food stalls were excellent as always. I did miss the Royale burger stall from last year. We ate lots of freshly cooked pizza at the Pizzeria and iced tea, ice cream, coffee and danced and played and sang.
I love Flamjangled and next year I might just bring the kids for one day and then take them home so I can put on my bells and headdress and dance the night away.
Thanks to All Africa Tours and @Bubbalubs for lending me tents, Emily for accompanying me, and to Good Times Events for putting on such a GREAT party.
The Flamjangled Tea Party, the party within a party within a dress-up party within a festival within a bubble of blue sky, green grass and lazy sunny daze.
♥ The Flamjangled Tea Party is a festival, outdoors, eclectic, humorous, glittering, freaky, funky, jiving, up-beat, jazzy, swinging, sizzling, folksy, rock n rolling, wonderful, gentle, relaxing, silly, cheeky and grrreat!
You can expect to find; Themed spaces and places, great music, top food, fine cocktails, oversized art, dress-up, suprising performances, ridiculous games and daft competitions.
✳✳✳ Melody Makers & Performers ✳✳✳
iScream & the Chocolate Stix
We Set Sail
Two Minute Puzzle
Black South Easter
The Blacksmith Band
Nate Mainguard & Tim Hutchinson
The Bird and the Cage
The Time Flies
The Great Vernoni
A Kettle Called Black
Biscuits at Noon
The Sneaky Possums
and many more to come..
✳✳✳ The Greatest Dance Lesson Ever ✳✳✳
Learn the 'The Charleston', Saturday night, by the Main Stage
presented by : Boogie Back Dance Co.
THE TEA GARDEN (main stage)
Opens Saturday 10am - 1am and Sunday 10am - 5pm, with bands and shenanigans.
FRIDAY NIGHT is 'Black n White' with classic silent movies brought to life by soundtracks provided by infamous DJs. An intimate evening with friends by the Little Market Stage before the weekend steps even further into slower gears.
Saturday late night venues include THE NIGHT OWL HAUNT - a New World party tent, and THE MINISCULE OF SOUND (now smaller with bigger sound), The Out of Site Cafe and other suprises!
The LITTLE MARKET THEATRE STAGE, with daytime beats, side show antics, and off the cuff performances.
Featuring : The Tea Bears Picnic for children of all ages. Saturday and Sunday mornings, with free Tea's and games.
DRESS UP and TALENT COMPETITIONS
Bring your talent for Flamjanglers got Odd Talents Competition.
(No Fire or Vocal Performances - Sorry)
+ Games and more, much much more we haven't even thought of yet!
☆ VENUE ☆
Contermanskloof Wine Farm, only 25km's from Cape Town and mere minutes away from Durbanville. Rolling grassed fields for camping, plenty of parking space, stunning dam for dipping, a fine selection of food stalls, bars, multiple entertainment zones and too much more then can mentioned here.
Directions to Contermanskloof
Take N1 out of Cape Town.
Take the N7 towards Malmesbury.
Just after the refinery take Exit 22 : the Durbanville / Tableview turn off.
Turn right towards Durbanville.
Turn left at the T-Junction on to Contermanskloof Road.
Slow down and follow the signs you are nearly there.
(watch out for the sharp right)
<< GATES >>
Friday: 15:00 - 00:00
Saturday: 08:00 till Sunday 13:00
Friday 00:00 - Saturday 08:00
✳ TICKETS ✳
One price covers arrival on Friday or Saturday, so try get there early for extra Jangling the whole weekend long.