Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2018 cancelled due to drought.
The organisers of the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Olive Festival in light of the severe drought conditions prevalent in the Western Cape. The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival currently in its 18th year, attracts over 12 000 people to the Riebeek Valley over the course of the two day festival. The organisers believe it would be irresponsible and inappropriate to continue with the festival in light of the extreme water restrictions most households, businesses and farms are facing and that this will ultimately compromise the standard of the event experience and the social impact thereof.
Says Klaus Piprek, chairman of Riebeek Valley Tourism: ‘The water footprint of the anticipated 12 000 visitors for a single weekend event cannot reasonably be justified, whereas we should focus on the longer term sustainable social and economic impacts of the community at large. We feel we should rather put measures in place to ensure that the tourism sector is able to sustain a minimum level of business until the crisis is overcome.’
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