The Good Food and Wine Show has been an institution on the foodie calendar for ever, but it has been a few years since I attended the show.
I was keen to see if any changes had been made and what strides the new owners have made.
I must say it was totally jam packed on Saturday afternoon - I am sure the bad weather outside (hooray!) helped this - so the numbers certainly looked good!
I applaud the theme of Food Waste, as I have always been appalled at the incredible waste at restaurants, when we have so many people starving right on our doorsteps.
The wine area is sponsored by the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, who now also have Airlink and Tsogo Sun on board as sponsors. They had a nice-looking Wine & Food pairing station, seating a good 30 people, which was very busy as we wandered past. They had some rock star sommeliers to present food & wine pairing sessions, from Tinashe Nyamoduko from famous The Test Kitchen to Greg Mutambe from The 12 Apostles Hotel and they even shipped in The Saxon in Joburg's sommelier - Lloyd Jusa.
Franschhoek had their successful Tram on show, and as usual Raka Wines were busy busy.
We were fortunate to see our lovely South African star chef, Jan-Hendrik vd Westhuizen, doing a Chefs' Open Theatre session, and he was simply charming. At his Michelin-starred restaurant in Nice, France, JAN, they are very aware of food waste and clear their kitchen totally after each shift - and stock up the fridge fresh every day.
Jan seemed a little homesick, giving us Saffers advice on not being too negative about life here, as life elsewhere is actually really tough and we need to celebrate what we have and value it.
He also revealed that in fact he will be returning to South Africa at some point! Not sure when, but he will be back... at the right time at the right venue. My bet is somewhere up the west coast!
I really think that Cape Town could do with an authentic South African restaurant, so come home soon, Jan!
This year's Stellenbosch Wine Festival looked more like a music festival than a wine fest - with the biggest stage I have ever seen! Plenty of wine stands, foodie delights and I was very pleased to discover that Stellenrust has in fact made (possibly) the first ''Prosecco" styled bubbly in South Africa - and then with a Chenin of course. It is delicious, fresh, yeasty, and incredibly well priced. I look forward to drinking copious amounts of it and selling it through our online shop.
Stellenbosch Harvest paints City of Oaks red Colourful community celebrates winemaking camaraderie The oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch were invaded by a colourful community of winemaking charismatics on uniquely adorned ‘chariots’ on Saturday, January 28, when the annual Harvest Parade ushered in the grape harvest season with convivial cheer.
In a setting of unsurpassed tranquillity is the Historic Manor house which has been converted into our delightful country style restaurant.
Our picnic baskets are served in an idyllic setting on tree-shaded lawns sloping down to the lake.
Savour the pleasure of sampling wines on their home ground, within sight of the vines on which they grew and of the cellar in which they were produced and matured.
Seating sixty-four delegates, the Auditorium is lavishly equipped with the most advanced technological facilities.
Located in the centre of Zevenwacht, this hotel offers luxuriously decorated rooms with a private terrace, overlooking the Table Bay and False Bay. It features an outdoor pool and a sauna.
Enjoy the view from a self-catering chalet with four en-suite bedrooms, set high on the slopes and surrounded by vineyards.