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by: By Hazendal on: October 19, 2021

5 Reasons why Hazendal is the ultimate picnic venue for your bachelorette

If you are on the lookout for a beautiful Winelands picnic venue to host a gorgeous bachelorette, take a load off - you’ve found it! Hazendal has earned itself a spot among the ultimate nuptial destinations in the Western Cape, and we happen to be a ...

If you are on the lookout for a beautiful Winelands picnic venue to host a gorgeous bachelorette, take a load off - you’ve found it! Hazendal has earned itself a spot among the ultimate nuptial destinations in the Western Cape, and we happen to be a hot spot for pre-wedding shindigs as well. 

Here are 5 excellent reasons why our wine farm should be at the top of your list of bachelorette picnic venues: 

 

1. Plenty of pretty picnic locations

pretty picnic locations

The great thing about the Hazendal grounds is that there are so many different locations to choose from. The best way to narrow down your options is to start with the size of your bachelorette party. 

If there are only a few of you in the mix (think 10 - 15 guests), the Little Oasis* is absolutely ideal. Situated on the banks of a pretty little pond near the farm entrance and the convivial Pivnushka Beer Garden (see map location 31), it is close enough to the action to feel you are part of the vibe, but also secluded enough to feel as if you have a corner of Hazendal all to yourself. 

On the other hand, if your picnic crew is larger (think 40 - 60+), you may want to consider a more formal venue like The Glasshouse. The expanses of the glass structure and the beautiful surrounding gardens allow for year-round indoor-outdoor celebrations. This is also ideal if your bachelorette is taking place in winter or autumn. That way you won't have to worry if the weather gets a little tricky. 

Please note: If you decide to enjoy one of our outdoor locations as a picnic venue, there is no need to bring along balloons. The greenery and scenery are festive enough, and because we adhere to eco-friendly principles, we are careful to keep potential environmental hazards to a minimum. Thank you for understanding! 

*The Little Oasis cannot be booked - it functions on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want to secure the spot, we recommend that you arrive nice and early. Or you could send a member of the bachelorette party ahead to receive your pre-booked picnic goodies and keep the space if you prefer. 

 

2. Inclusive picnic menus

Hazendal Picnic

At Hazendal, we take pride in accommodating guests with a variety of dietary requirements. As such, our frankly delicious picnic menus include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. We even have some kiddie menus that feature fun DIY cookie frosting kits if you plan to bring a few littles along for the celebration. 

No matter which menu you choose, you can rest assured that your baskets will be brimming with all sorts of freshly prepared deliciousness. 

This includes tastebud-tempting eats and treats like hummus with garlic, rosemary and turmeric marinated mushrooms, roast chicken kebabs with dukkha, Russian Olivier potato salad, artisan breads, home-made nut butters, roasted vegetable salads with bean curd and coconut dressing, and so much more. 

 

3. Bubbles aplenty!

Hazendal MCC

If there is one thing that every bachelorette needs, it’s plenty of bubbly. We have our own MCC that you can pop to celebrate the upcoming nuptials, aptly called 23.5 (available in Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir). Naturally, we can also whip up sparkly mocktails or refreshing botanical fruit cordials as an alcohol-free alternative if you prefer. 

DID YOU KNOW? Our bubbly was named as a tip of the hat to the precise tilt of 23.5 degrees, which is what allows our planet to enjoy its four seasons. It also happens to be the perfect way to celebrate this new season of a fiancée’s life. 

 

4. Easy-peasy booking

We like to keep things super simple from an organisational perspective, which is why we allow guests to book picnic spots online. If you are doing a straightforward picnic, all you need to do is visit the reservations page, and click on ‘book now’ beneath Babushka Picnic. 

The booking system will then prompt you to choose a date, indicate the number of guests, make your food selections and pay a deposit. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

Babushka picnics are available Tuesday to Sunday, at either 10:00 or 13:00. Bookings are essential, so we recommend that you tick that box sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. 

 

5. Insta-worthy picture backdrops

Floating pavilion

You know you are going to want to get a few Insta-worthy shots of the bachelorette! This is yet another reason why a visit to Hazendal is the perfect choice. Between the striking floating Pavilion, verdant Harvest Garden, historic Homestead, and more, you are sure to find the ultimate backdrop for your pics to commemorate the day. 

There you have it - 5 excellent reasons to choose Hazendal as a picnic venue for your bachelorette in 2021 and beyond.

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