We went to An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish and it was fabulous. He’s so relaxed yet on the button with his humour. Audience members chose from numbered boxes containing various ‘costumes’ and he had to play the relevant person. A clever trick to make each show different and keep it fresh, but I was pleased one of the choices was Evita herself. It just wouldn’t be right to have a show here without her.
A separate section of the museum has churns, paddles and moulds that tell the story of the early butter-making industry in Darling. Alongside, an agricultural hall portrays the history of farming in the area, with steam engines, tractors and an enormous wooden threshing machine, now painted an unseemly pink.
Museum staff are well-informed, so this is the place to ask about Hildegonda Duckitt, author of The Diary of a Cape Housekeeper and various cookbooks, or anything else you want to know about the area. You can pick up tourism brochures too.
Take the R307 out of Darling towards Cape Town and turn right at the Darling Hills Road. After 7km turn left to the Groote Post Cellar.
There’s also a restaurant at Groote Post, but we thought it was expensive (R500 for two, with wine but no dessert) and the food and service unspectacular.
If the beer starts going to your head, you can order a light meal to soak it up.