There’s no better time to get sober than the month of October, especially with the Mindful Drinking Festival taking place in Cape Town.

The Festival will feature the widest choice of alcohol-free drinks ever assembled at one venue in South Africa including alcohol-free beers, wines, bubbly, botanicals kombuchas and health drinks.

The public will be able to sample drinks directly from their producers, participate in a blind tasting competition (hosted by MC Nik Rabinowitz) and learn from a range of free presentations explaining the new technologies behind the production of these innovative drinks.

An exciting line-up of local musicians will perform, including Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground fame.

The Fastest Growing Beverage Sector

The festival, which is set to take place on the lawns of the Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages on 20 October, is hosted by Mindful Drinking SA – a movement that is motivated to help make it socially acceptable – even desirable – for young and old to choose non-alcoholic drinks in any situation.

According to director Sean O’Connor: “Alcohol-free drinks is the fastest-growing beverage sector in South Africa and there is now a huge range of options available to the public.

“If you feel like at a beer or glass of wine at a social function, there are some really tasty, sexy and trendy non-alcoholic options. And people are slowly learning that it’s no bad thing to conduct yourself better, and wake up feeling fresher the next day. It’s all about being free to choose.”

What to look forward to at the festival:

  • An exciting new range of products from over 30 alcohol-free producers
  • An array of healthy food stalls, including vegetarian and vegan options.
  • A blind-tasting event for the public MC-ed by Nik Rabinowitz
  • Live music featuring: Zolani Mahola, The Porchlights, Hatchetman, Dax Butler, the Biscuit Mill Jazz Band and Pravda
  • A workshop programme about Mindful Drinking and alcohol-free brewing and distilling
  • A free tasting glass and free samples from suppliers
  • Wide open spaces for kids to play
  • No hangover on Monday morning

To book tickets go to Quicket.