Festival News





Wilderness Festival – 5 – 7 May 2016.


The Wilderness festival, formerly known as the Vodacom George Cheese Festival, established itself as a hallmark event that draws together tourists, local residents, business owners, local producers, community organisations, media and visitors from all over South Africa on an annual basis.

The festival celebrates not only the community’s richness, diversity, dynamism and heritage, but most importantly, savours the exceptional culinary products from our region as well as the rest of South Africa.

Since its inception in 2002, the festival has grown in visitor numbers and now counts as one of the largest events of its kind in the region. The 2016 festival was hosted in Wilderness the first time, attracting in excess of 8500 visitors, 70 exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of rands worth of media coverage, making it the biggest event ever hosted in Wilderness, and one of the most visible event brands in The Garden Route.

In accordance with an agreement reached between the Hotel and the Owner of the festival, the festival will be hosted at the hotel in 2017 for a second time. Wilderness, regarded as part of George is home of The Wilderness Hotel, conveniently located just off the N2. The newly refurbished hotel and its facilities has proved to be a winning formula as it continues to experience an increase in quantity of visitors making use of the venue.

The Wilderness Festival offers exhibitors the opportunity to promote their brands and products, not only to the local Garden Route market, but with its popularity and wide media coverage, to the national market as well.

The festival will enable the people from The Garden Route and surrounding areas to come together in a fun, relaxed environment, infused with a positive spirit, and good food!

The Wilderness Festival combines an entertainment programme that includes music, dance, and fashion with exhibitions of arts & crafts and other local products, focusing on food and beverages.

Wild Info together with the team of organisers, invite you, the potential exhibitor or sponsor, to form part of this exciting event to showcase your products.