As always, October is packed with temptation, offering visitors a range of festivals and similar delicious events to contemplate. The following events are in date order.
SWARTLAND COMES TO KIRSTENBOSCH
Join the wine makers and olive producers of the Swartland at the annual Swartland Country Market.
Producers are bringing their wares to the Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages on Saturday October 10 from 10am - 4pm Taste, buy and meet the community of the Swartland region. Come and enjoy olives, breads, preserves, jams, biltong, cheeses and wine. Free entry, R40 for a wine glass and tasting vouchers. For more info, tel 022 487 1133 or e-mail: email@example.com. Visit the website www.swartlandwineandolives.co.za.
On Saturday 17 October diners are invited to ‘rove’ with Boschendal’s resident beef farmer and butcher Mark Muncer as he shares his passion for natural, ethically raised meat.
Guests will enjoy drinks and a 3-course dinner at 4 different venues on the historical Boschendal Farm. One of the stops is their new artisan butchery where Mark will share his insight on what to look for, when purchasing top quality meat. Mark will be joined by Executive chef Christiaan Campbell who will be using Boschendal’s farm fresh veggies from the new Food Garden, as well as pasture-raised Angus beef, Karoo Lamb and free range pork in his delicious farm-to-table menu.
Date: Sat, 17 October 2015
Time: From 18h30.
Cost: R450 pp. (Includes welcome drink, starter with wine, mains with wine, dessert and coffee)
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 21 870-4274
The Season of Sauvignon Festival is back in the Durbanville Wine Valley from 24 - 25 October 2015.
The festival will again include the participation of 12 prestigious wine farms, offering a wide variety of festive activities. Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phizantekraal and Signal Gun will be celebrating the start of white wine season in their own individual style with superb entertainment for adults and children alike.
The Durbanville Valley Twelve which features all of the Valley’s excellent 2015 Sauvignon Blanc’s will be available at all the wineries. This wine is produced by the Durbanville Wine Valley from a ton of grapes from each of the 12 farms. Visit www.durbanvillewine.co.za for more info or contact Angela Fourie at email@example.com or 083 310 1228.
Spier Secret festival
Always a little different and hugely popular with foodies in particular, the fourth Secret Festival takes place at this lovely Stellenbsoch farm on October 30 and 31. The focus is on the restored Werf, which is back to being its exquisite historic self, the African restaurant that marred its frontage having gone. Spier Secret delegates will be the first to sample the brand new Spier Werf experience.On the Friday, local and international experts on food and wine will present talks and hands-on workshops to small groups.
The speakers include:
- Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth: The duo behind Something & Son, a social design practice based in London, that tackles social and environmental challenges. The duo's most famous projects include Farm: Shop in Hackney, Future Baroque at the Tate Modern and Compost Tea Bar at the Victoria & Albert Museum. (www.somethingandson.com)
- PJ Vadas: A chef devoted to the idea of sustainable dining, PJ has worked for Gordon Ramsay in the UK and US, he is also the former Eat Out Top 10 chef at Roundhouse and Camphors.
Frans Smit: Spier Cellar Master and member of the esteemed Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG).
The festival launches a planned bakery and café run by one of South Africa's top chefs, a farmer's market and a boutique estate wine cellar.
On Saturday , the all-day annual Spier Secret Market will offer Spier wine, food from selected local producers and farm-style kids’ activities. Entry is free.
Spier Secret Food and Wine Workshops Day R1100 https://www.quicket.co.za/events/9076-spier-secret-talks-and-workshops/
Visit www.spier.co.za, www.spiersecret.co.za and The Spier Secret Festival on Facebook for more info.