Event Category: Ficksburg Cherry Festival
Ionia Cherry farm hosts one of the most enjoyable harvest parties in the South African calendar. Mountains of glistening red cherries, liqueurs, jams cakes biscuits and a host of other treats await the visitor, along with tractor rides, live music and of course, picking your own!
Cherries cherries and more cherries.
A celebration of our crop.
An experience not to miss.
🍒Cherry picking tours
🍒A variety of the best food
🍒Fun for kids
🍒Fun for adults
And many more…
Ficksburg is known in South Africa as the Cherry Town and the Cherry Capital of the world.The festival is arguably the oldest crop festival in South Africa. The Ficksburg Cherry Festival happens during the third week of November annually… The festival has been held for over 45 consecutive years continues to grow each year.
History of cherry farming in the area
Harry Pickston contacted German missionaries in South Africa enquiring about growing cherries in the country for the first time.In the year 1905, a year after Harry Pickston had enquired about cherries, the first cherry trees were planted in South Africa on the farm ‘Platkop’ in the Clocolan district. The variants of the planted cherries included Giant Heidelfinger, Elton, Early Red, Early River, and Bing. This specific cluster of cherries is still grown in the area today. Some of the original cherry trees that were planted in 1905 can still be found on the farm. It is estimated that there are over 500 hectares of cherry trees in the Eastern Free State mainly in the Ficksburg, Clocolan and Fouriesburg area.
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