Darling is best known for three draws: its beautiful wildflowers; its sensational performer, Pieter-Dirk Uys, otherwise known as Evita Bezuidenhout; and the hugely popular rock music festival Rocking the Daisies, held each October on Cloof Wine Estate. Evita is at her best all year-round. The wildflowers are usually at their best August–October, and an annual Wildflower and Orchid Show is held in September. Also in September, the whole town comes alive during the Voorkamerfest (directly translated as "Front Room Festival"), when different homes host a variety of performers for the weekend and you can enjoy pop-up food stalls and wine tasting. When driving into Darling, ignore the rather unattractive new houses on the Cape Town side of the village and head straight through to the Victorian section of town, where pretty period houses line up amid lush gardens.
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