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 With the SA Cheese festival celebrating 16 successful years, cheese-lovers can hardly remember a time when they did not diarise the festival dates in April. It is firmly established as one of the country’s most popular andwell-organised celebrations of a food that most of us enjoy daily.

This year, visitors will find new attractions along with  the established favourites: As well as  the amazing range of artisan and classic cheeses, food that makes perfect partners, such as bread, wine, and sweet delights are also on the menu. New product launches are another regular feature while a large variety of delicious  fare will be presented in Gourmet Lane. Fancy yourself as an artist with a carving knife? Enter the Ladismith Cheese Carving competition and create a masterpiece.

 

Celebrity chefs will show off their talents in the Agri-Expo Cooking Pot, and they include Nataniel and Carmen Niehaus among others. Meet some of our top cheesemakers in the Cheesery and keep your entry ticket as its eligible as entry to a Win a Chevrolet UTE Bakkie competition.

Chefs from The  Private Hotel School will demonstrate recipes for using cheese, while cheese and wine and cheese and beer tastings will be presented in the Standard Bank Tasting Room.

Children will have hours of fun in the Kiddies Corner, while adults who prefer quiet to crowds can buy VIP tickets for the Connoisseurs’ Expeience which will give them exclusive cooking demos with Nataniel, a mozzarella and feta making demo, complimentary tastings, VIP parking, and entry an hour ahead of the crowds.

 

Buy tickets to the show at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers stores, at R160 a day. Senior ciitzens pay R100 and children 13 years and under go in free of charge. The Festival starts at 10am daily and closes at 6pm. Visit www.cheesefestival.co.za for more info or email admin@agriexpo.co.za for more information. See also Latana Success Story: Perseverance and talents spotted.

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At last! In leisurely fashion, autumn seems to be rolling into Cape lives, with early mists and darker mornings.  It’s better weather for vinous expeditions and for relishing gourmet meals, both of which are on the calendars for April and May.

April 6 (Van Riebeck’s Day when he hadn’t fallen off the PC perch) sees Nederburg Wines join forces with The Table Bay hotel for the first of a series of gourmet dinners created by executive chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams. The pairings will be led by Jean-Pierre Rossouw, publisher of Diners Club’s Platter’s Wine Guide which awarded Nederburg the Winery of the Year title in the current edition. The four-course dinner will be preceded with Nederburg  bubbly, followed by the Private Bin sauvignon blanc which will partner a fish carpaccio. The five-star cab will be served with beef fillet, the Brew Master 2014 with the duck and the NLH 2015 will accompany the dessert.

Seats will be limited. Booking is essential at TableBayDining@suninternational.com or 021 406 5988. The cost per person is R650, this is inclusive of the four courses, each paired with wine.

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THE MAGIC OF CHENIN

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April 11. Celebrate the Cape’s most versatile white grape  under a full moon at the Grand Africa Café & Beach on Tuesday 11 April.  Hosted by the Chenin Blanc Association, more than 30 producers of this iconic white wine will be poured, a multi-faceted collection that will illustrate its diverse talents. Canapés will accompany your tastings, and jazz from the Blake Hellaby band will provide background entertainment.

Tickets cost R450, which are inclusive of tastings, snacks – and a magician’s show. The event starts at 18h00.

Uber will be on hand to drive visitors to and from the event safely, and a free first ride up to R50 is available.Sign up with this promotional code: DrinkChenin,. Download the application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site m.uber.com

Get your tickets from www.quicket.co.za

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THE TASTE OF DARLING

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April 29. Over the long weekend of April 29 Darling invites guests to join them for a feast of music, food, beer and wine, arts and crafts. Not only does the little west coast town have a large heart, but a bellyful of innovation, according to organiser Ida  Opperman. No charge for admission to the festivities, although some events, like live shows and musical performances will cost a fee.

Visitors should visit www.tasteofdarling.co.za for details but make time to wander the town on foot and relish platteland hospitality.

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Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert

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May 27  Sample some of our finest shiraz wines at the 2017 Shiraz & Charcuterie in Franschhoek, starting at 12 noon. The host will pour Anthonij Rupert's three fine syrahs, while others taking part include Rust en Vrede, Waterford, Mullineux & Leeu, Hartenberg, Simonsig and Thelema.

Food choices include traditional French onion soup and homemade sausage with cannelloni beans along with artisanal charcuterie and a selection of cured olives. Booking is essential. Tickets cost R220 which includes all tastings. Book through www.webtickets.co.  For more ifo contact info@dnaevents.co.za..

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MED FED

Thoughts of Tuscany are not out of place at this time of the year, as parts of the Cape winelands resemble those Med countries that have inspired some of our finest Cape cuisine.

One such area is the Overberg where olive groves, vines and wheat  fields combine to present rolling hills of contrasting colour to travellers on the N2.

Gabrielskloof goes a step further, tempting visitors to stop and savour one of their Med taster platters, comprising four of their wines and five snacks, with a grape-studded focaccia on the side. Think chorizo and calamari, mini-lamb kofta on tzatzaki, hummus with chickpeas and dolmades and a classic Caprese salad.

Available on Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays until the end of May, priced at R250 per couple. For more info contact 028 284 9865 or send an email to info@gabrielskloof.co.za

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CAB FRANC CHALLENGE WINNERS – TAKE YOUR PICK

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Avontuur estate hosted the winners’ function last week, where the second Cab Franc Challenge proved to be a popular contest, entries increasing from 32 to 50 this year with 11 entering the vintage class for older wines.

Cape producers favour diverse styles which complicates judging but the vintage class proved easier, with a single clear winner. The judging panel liked those offering dusty road characteristics and those with minerality, while typical cab francs featuring red berry on the palate and aromas of violets were also encountered.

Wines were tasted blind and independently audited by Moore Stephens

The Top Six, in alphabetical order, are Doolhof estate Single Vineyard Collection 2015, Kaapzicht 2014, My Wyn 2014, Nelson estate Lisah Nelson 2014, Rainbow’s End estate 2015 and Warwick 2013.

The Vintage winners is Holden Manz estate 2012.  For gold medal winners, visit www.cvomarketing.co.za

The Top Six can be bought from Wine-of-the-Month Club for R1890 and they will deliver to your door.

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Every winelover  should experience at least one weekend end-of-harvest fest. Eikendal's is celebrating its finish and farewell to sleepless nights and long days on Sunday March 5 with its popular Weintaufe carnival. The usual ingredients - fine wine, scrumptious street-style fare, live music and lucky draws are all on the menu, and this year the star of the show is Eikendal chardonnay, which will be crowned as the first wine of the new vintage. 

Visitors can sample this straight from the barrel after its baptism by cellarmaster Nico Grobler, while Italian specialities are top temptations in the restaurant. Stomping, golfing, and tractor rides can all be enjoyed and there's plenty to keep the small fry absorbed and amused.

Buy your ticket at the gate for R80 a head which includes glass, barrel tasting and entertainment. Under 18s go in free. Gates open at 10am. For more info, contact 021 8551422 or email info@eikendal.co.za

 

 

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