0000 main ingredient's 2013 events calendar updated
Here is our calendar of current and upcoming wine and food-related events for 2013. Itmay be updated at any time, so watch this space…. (Click on the bold highlights toaccess websites for more information). Not all the events are in the Western Cape and weare, occasionally, told about events in Johannesburg, London, and other cities and towns.When we receive the information, well pass it on. Events are listed in the order in whichthey will occur.Picnics and other programmesKaapse Vonkel & Oysters on Cuvée terrace at Simonsig every Saturday between 15h00and 18h00. Round up your friends and head down to Cuvée, Simonsig Estate‟s signaturerestaurant for a relaxed afternoon of bubbly, oysters and local music talent, served on theterrace and lush lawns. Spice up a slow afternoon with aphrodisiacs from the West Coastseas, whilst sipping on South Africa‟s first Cap Classique, Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, KaapseVonkel Rosé or the prestige cuvée, Simonsig Cuvée Royale. With an array of fine cheeseplatters as an alternative and local musicians adding to the tranquil setting of this familyowed Stellenbosch landmark, everyone will have something to look forward to. TheSimonsig Kaapse Vonkel & Oyster Saturdays take place from 15h00 to 18h00 on the terracein front of Simonsig Estate‟s tasting room. For dinner reservations and to ensure adelectable end to your day, contact Cuvée on 021 888 4932 or send an email email@example.com. Simonsig Wine Estate is outside Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rheeroad between the R44 and R304.Winemakers Breakfast Served throughout Harvest Season! Join Lourens van derWesthuizen for an early morning of harvesting and gain insight into his handcrafted way ofselecting, picking, processing his grapes at Arendsig. Enjoying the early morning sights andsounds and learn firsthand what goes into creating his quality wines. Guests can then enjoya breakfast brunch whilst overlooking the beautiful views of the Breede River Valley. Cost:R200 per person (Max 10 people.) Bookings essential. Contact Lizelle on 076 853 0605 oremail firstname.lastname@example.orgUntil 30th April. Summer Picnics at Durbanville Hills. Spread out and relax on thebeautiful bespoke blankets and comfy pillows and while away the afternoon with acomplimentary bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé. Head outdoors this summer to ThePicnic Spot at Durbanville Hills Wines. With the sun on your back, the lawn tickling yourbare feet and surrounded by a spread of delectable treats, a picnic is a great way to refreshand re-energise after the long, cold winter. Offering the perfect setting in the olive grovewith panoramic views over the picturesque Durbanville vineyards and Table Bay, the PicnicSpot promises hand-woven baskets brimming with scrumptious artisanal foods. Spread outand relax on the beautiful bespoke blankets and comfy pillows and while away theafternoon with a complimentary bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé. The menu,developed by executive chef Riedwaan Rooknodien of The Eatery at Durbanville Hillsincludes a delicious selection of rustic bread, chicken liver pâté with grape chutney, mintedMoroccan salsa on nutty couscous, parmesan chicken, fresh salad and The Eaterys signatureGrabouw sausage and red onion marmalade quiche. Cheese and biscuits along with adecadent bag filled with Turkish delight, chocolate truffles and nougat end off a perfectday spent with family and friends. The free-form jungle gyms will keep the kids occupiedand the special 5 Ants picnic will tempt the little ones. Their special menu includesmeatballs, sesame chicken and cheddar wraps, pretzel sticks and dips, chocolate browniesand fruit juice. The picnics will be available until the end of April and cost R295 for twopeople, including a bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé and the kiddies‟ picnic is chargedat R65 each. Bookings are required at least 24 hours in advance during the week and forweekend picnics orders please book on the Friday by 16h00. For more information or to
make a booking contact Hanlie Campher: email@example.com /www.durbanvillehills.co.zaAPRILThursday, 11th April: CAROLINE’S WINE TASTINGS: PLATTER’S WINERY OF THE YEAR –CHAMONIX. Join cellarmaster Gottfried Mocke, who will present eight of his top wines,including all four 5-star achievers. R95 p/p. Find the Booking form HereFriday, 12th April Savour Fleur du Cap with a pinch of French flair at salt dinner in DieBergkelder. Add a pinch of „je ne sais quoi‟ to your weekend by taking a culinary journeyinto the world of Fleur du Cap wines and artisanal salts when salt aficionado, Chef CraigCormack returns to Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch with one of his unique dinnerexperiences on Friday, 12 April. Inspired by Fleur du Cap‟s close affinity to nature asexpressed in the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered range, Craig will be serving four courses for hiselegant dinner in Die Bergkelder, the cellar cut deep into the slopes of the Papegaaiberg.To start off, Craig will serve delicate Franschhoek salmon trout on salt blocks paired withFleur du Cap‟s elegant white blend, the Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay SemillonViognier followed by a refreshing Margarita and flake salt sorbet. For mains guests willdelight in chicken baked in a „sel gris‟ salt crust served with Provençale beans and chickenbroth complemented by Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Viognier. To end the evening Fleur duCap‟s Platter 5-star Noble Late Harvest will accompany chocolate ganache tart seasonedwith Murray River salt and lemongrass ice cream. “One of the challenges when pairing saltand wine is to create food that will enhance the wine without dominating it. The naturalprocess of making Fleur du Cap Unfiltered wines works particularly well with unrefined,artisanal salts, reverting back to nature in both the food and the wine,” says Craig who hasbeen pairing wine and salt for more than five years and has an impressive collection of raresalts from around the globe. The Fleur du Cap wine and Salt Dinner takes place on Friday,12th April at 18h30 and costs R290 per person. Booking is essential, contact Nadia Ferreiraon 021 809 8025. For more information visit www.fleurducap.co.za,fleurducap.tumblr.com or join the Fleur du Cap Facebook community.Wednesday, 13th April. MIME VOIR COUTURE GREYTON. Enjoy a feast of top designerfashion and mime in the company of your favourite celebrities while relaxing under the oaktrees on one of the oldest farms in the country, the Oaks Estate, about 10kms fromGreyton. View the designs of Charlene Sauerman and many other top designers such asKobus Dippenaar, Craig Port and others, at the Mime Voir Couture on 13 April 2013 inGreyton. Celebrity models include Dieter Voigt and Vicki Davis, presenters of Pasella onSABC2, Ewan Strydom and Leigh-Anne Williams, presenters of Expresso on SABC3, Miss SouthAfrica 2009 Nicole Flint, top model Amanda de Waal, actor Ty Keogh, currently seen in“The Wild” on MNet, paralympian Achmat Hassiem, shark attack survivor, to name but afew. Mime Voir Couture is being organised by Coenie V Promotions and features CharleneSauerman, an esteemed and established couture bridal designer in South Africa, and “LeighThe Mime” a professional mime artist who has been performing locally and abroad since1997. The beneficiary of the 2013 event is Ark SA, a Not for Profit Company established toencourage Acts of Random Kindness. However, Ark SA prefers to be seen as a movement ….A throwback to a time when society used to be concerned with the wellbeing of theirneighbours! Their quest is to move across South Africa, encouraging goodness through Actsof Random Kindness – one person at a time. The idea is simple: “perform one Act ofRandom Kindness (an Arkº) every time one of our projects is activated.” Ark SA works withindividuals and corporates to make a difference in the communities in which it operates.The proceeds of this gala event will go towards building the very first Ark SA multi-purposecentre in Greyton to service a community torn in half by poverty, split into the do-gooders
and the wrongdoers. This centre will house a crèche, youth centre, sporting facility,library, reading room, coffee shop and a much needed skills development workshop. Ticketscost R300 per person to attend this fabulous gala event which includes a 5 course dinner,mime and fashion show, live music, etc. and are available from Computicket. For moreinformation: Coenie Visser on 082 576 2160 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org R300 perperson. Tickets available at Computicket and Greyton Tourism 028 254 9414 The Oak &Vigne Café is open 7 days a week, and is fully licensed. 028 254 9037. DS Botha Street,Greyton. Like us on Facebook and stand a chance to win a meal for two!Sunday, 14th April. Pinot Noir Festival in the gardens at the Vineyard. More detailedinformation will follow in early February. t: +27 21 657 4500/4544, f: +27 21 657 4514,www.vineyard.co.zaWednesday, 17th April. Villiera Game Drive Evening. The evening begins at 17h00 andincludes a guided drive through part of Villieras vineyard to the Wildlife Sanctuary, whereyou will see numerous antelope and bird species. Upon your return to the Wine Sanctuary,you will experience a tasting followed by a light supper. These evenings offer you anopportunity to experience all Villiera has to offer for R200 per person. Bookings arerequired and should be made through Celeste at Villiera on 021 865 2002 email@example.com. The evening Game Drive program closes after this last game drive.Thursday, 18th April: CAROLINE’S WINE TASTINGS: LET THE FRENCH TAKE YOU FOR ARIDE…………….. well, not really! Michael Crossley, of well-established importers ReciprocalWine Trading, will show 8 different French wines, from the major regions, such as Chablis;Burgundy‟s Cote-d‟Or; Loire; Bordeaux etc, and Caroline will choose the most compatible,typical French cheeses of those regions, which will be tasted together. Think Vouvray andRocquefort……………. fresh, young Chevre and Pouilly-Fume………………… R295 p/p. Find theBooking form HereSaturday, 20th April. Bot River bares all at Barrels & Beards. The wine route‟s best post-harvest beards and wines revealed. Wine beauties meet hairy beasts when the colourfulwine community of Bot River sets the stage for its annual Barrels & Beards celebration totoast the local winemakers‟ post-harvest looks and latest fruits of their labour on Saturday,20 April 2013. Each year the laidback wine folk of this prized yet unspoilt Winelands pocketin the Overberg, follow a tradition of „no shaving or barber visits for the duration of theharvest season‟, only to reveal their scruffy facades during a fun-filled „beard parade‟. Andthis year‟s event promises one big hairy hullabaloo. Along with esteemed judges, guests willget to vote for the boldest beard in Bot River and sharing the spotlight with raging beardsand monster mo‟s will be the latest 2013 cellar gems to be sipped and savoured straightfrom the barrels. “We only get one chance a year to make the best wines we can and weinvite enthusiasts to come and rub shoulders with our winemakers as we flaunt our whiskersand wines,” shares winemaker Sebastian Beaumont of Beaumont Estate. The quaint BotRiver Wine Route is home to an eclectic bouquet of conservation-conscious wineries rangingfrom historic and time-honoured to ultra modern, state of the art cellars that are allcommitted to individualistic, quality-driven wines. Joining Beaumont at this joyous occasionwill be Barton, Eerstehoop, Feiteiras, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve, Goedvertrouw, Luddite,Maremanna, Rivendell and Wildekrans. “At the Barrels & Beards evening we pay tribute tothe pampering that went into our wines and not ourselves over the past few months,” addsbubbly beaut Melissa Nelsen, proprietor of Genevieve Cap Classique. This exclusive eveningincludes a hearty „terroir to table‟ potjiekos dinner of unique tastes and produce from thearea, whilst cool-climate, top quality wines from more than eight local producers will be onsale. The „boereorkes‟, Die Stoepsitters, will add sakkie-sakkie vibes to this homegrown
affair. Barrels & Beards 2013 takes place at The Old Shed at Anysbos Farm on theSwartrivier Road, Bot River and starts at 5pm. A shuttle service will be available on theevening in support of responsible drinking. If last year‟s sell-out inaugural Barrels & Beardsevent is anything to go by, tickets will be flying fast so make sure you get hold of yourstoday. Tickets costs R250 per person and include a complimentary barrel tasting of thelatest Bot River wines, a souvenir wine glass, dinner, music entertainment and real countryhospitality. For more information or to book your tickets contact Nicolene Heyns firstname.lastname@example.org or call 082 852 6547. Seating is limited and no kids areallowed. Bot River is en route to Hermanus on the N2 – a mere hour‟s drive from CapeTown.Saturday, 20th April 19h00 - 21h00. Classical Music Concert: Gabriel Duo with Gaylen-RoseSales (harp) and Brigit Rennie-Salonen (flute) in the La Motte Historic Cellar. Principalharpist of both the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of SouthAfrica, Gaylen-Rose Sales is hailed as one of South-Africa‟s foremost musicians. AlthoughPretoria-based, she and well-known flutist Brigit Rennie-Salonen from Cape Town hasestablished the only full-time and most active flute-harp duo in South Africa, performingnationally and in all the major centres. In contrast to the expected esoteric and gentlesound of the combination in the Variations on Greensleeves and Fauré‟s Siciliano they areperforming, the programme will also showcase the vibrant and joyful sides of theseinstruments in works such as Telemann‟s Flute Sonata in F Major. Admission: R170.Reservations: Angela at +27 21 876 8000 or email@example.com. La Motte Estate‟sgates only open at 18h00. The La Motte Farm Shop will be open from 18h00 to 19h00.Concert starts promptly at 19h00. Concert-goers with dinner reservations at Pierneef à LaMotte should be seated in the restaurant by 20h30.Friday, 26th April Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from theVineyard Hotels 5 wine partners. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call021 657 4500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Friday, 26th and Saturday, 27th April. 17h00 to 21h00. ANNUAL APRIL WINE SHOWFEVER. Lowveld wine lovers can look forward to another bumper wine show when the FNBMpumalanga Wine Show returns to Ingwenyma Conference and Sports Resort, on R40between Nelspruit and White River. As thousands of visitors have experienced since 2010,the wine show is designed to delight wine enthusiasts with the latest vintages, maturedfavourites and new wine accessories and gadgets on the market. A fun night out for boththe guru and novice, the fourth Mpumalanga Wine Show is a great two-night event to sharethe fruits of the vine with friends and colleagues. As in previous years, the exhibitor line-upwill turn out an A-list of Cape producers. Around 65 wineries and 350 wines will beavailable for sampling and purchase via Shop@Show, the show‟s convenient retail facilityrun by Nelspruit‟s Tops The Grove where visitors can order wine for home delivery.Showgoers wishing to plan their tasting experience and looking for accommodation optionsshould visit www.mpumalangawineshow.co.za from March onwards for a full list ofexhibitors and wines. With a vast range of game reserves and lodges in the region,Gautengers should also consider the FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show as a reason to visit thesunshine province for the Freedom Day weekend. Ticket Price R120 includes unlimitedtastings and wine tasting glass. Refreshments: Light meals will be available for sale at TopsThe Grove Deli on the Deck. Queries: www.mpumalangawineshow.co.za or 011 4825936/5/4. Tickets can be purchased at one of the following options: Onlinewww.computicket.com - Money Market counters in Shoprite Checkers stores - Tops TheGrove - At the door. The FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show is one of three regional wine shows
directed by wine authority Michael Fridjhon and organised by OutSorceress Marketing. TheFNB Limpopo Wine Show, now in its seventh year, takes place in Polokwane on 25th and26th July and the inaugural FNB Free State Wine Show, in Bloemfontein on 1st and 2ndAugust. For more information see www.outsorceress.co.za.Friday, 26th to Sunday, 28th April. THE FRANSCHHOEK MYSTERY WEEKEND. Join thevignerons of Franschhoek for the first in their series of Mystery Weekends. For just R2340per couple, for the whole weekend, youll experience the best the little village has to offer.How the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Works: The Franschhoek Wine Valley randomlyselects a range of amazing Franschhoek adventures and creates your unique couple MysteryWeekend Package. This means that you have no idea where youre staying, where youreeating or what other experiences are in store for you. How awesome! Every FranschhoekMystery Weekend Package includes the following: Two nights of accommodation (for twopeople sharing) at one of Franschhoeks excellent four or five star hotels, B&Bs orguesthouses; A meal voucher (for two) to one of Franschhoek‟s renowned fine diningestablishments; Two breakfasts (for two ); Two tickets to The Screening Room at LeQuartier Français; A discount voucher (per couple) to use at the participating Franschhoekretail outlet; Two different wine tastings (per couple), each taking place at an award-winning participating Franschhoek wine farm; One other surprise Franschhoek experience(per couple). Its time to bid au revoir to winter and allo Franschhoek. Its time for moresizzle and less drizzle! Book your Mystery Weekend in Franschhoek today. For bookings orqueries please contact Carmen Kleinschmidt on +27 21 876 2861 or email:email@example.com. P.S Why not include the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route orthe soon to be launched Franschhoek Artisan Food Route as part of your weekend journeyof discovery. Tailor-make your trip and take the concept of a bespoke food and wineexperience to a new level. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Rates are for two persons sharing perweekend, no singles. Non Refundable and/or transferrable Deposit. Children 12+ welcomepaying full rate True roots from vineyard to wine.Saturday, 27th April. UNplugged62, The Finest Blues Concert. PROE die Klein Karoo...! Acollaboration between Boland Kelder & Joubert-Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder (12 km westof Barrydale and 52km east of Montagu). Gerald Clark - Rick Stander - Nastasha Meister solo- Schalk Joubert - Simon Orange - Simon van den Linden - Schalk van der Merwe - TimRankin. The finest UNplugged62 BLUES concert R180. Tables are all taken, al fresco lunchnow full. Informal bale kuier areas in front of stage and island for concert goers. Buy deliproduce, sit on the island or bales and buy a glass of your favourite Joubert-Tradauw winesor Unplugged62 Show starts at 18h00. Wilma‟s mobile coffee shop will sell good coffee,cappuccinos and croissants during the concert and Sunday morning at campsite. Bring yourtent & camp on the farm (limited facilities, so bring everything you need..beautiful setting.BOOK NOW / MORE INFO. Visit our website for more info and bookings: www.joubert-tradauw.com/events. Please bring a cushion, blanket and jersey.MAYWednesday, 1st May (Workers Day). MILES FOR SMILES Fun Run. The run/walk involves a5km route through Villieras vineyards, followed by a prize giving. After the run, you canenjoy our usual wine tasting experience. All ages are welcome and bookings can be done bydownloading an entry form HERE or contact Villiera. Many of you supported the last eventwhere over R14000 was raised for Operation Smile. This year Robin Brewer is organisinganother event as part of his Grade 7 Bridge House leadership organisational skills. Yoursupport in making this another successful event would be greatly appreciated. It is a lot offun too, and David Grier himself will be present – the man who has run many miles for many
smiles. Bookings are required and should be made through Celeste at Villiera on 021 8652002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Wednesday, 1st May (Workers Day). GRAHAM BECK EVENING at Nobu, The One&Only, V&AWaterfront. 19h00 Arrival drinks (Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005). 19h30 Dinner served:Scallop New Style And Kingklip With Yuzu Honey / Graham Beck Blanc De Blanc 2008 -Salmon Paper Thin Salad With Jalapeño Dressing / Graham Beck Brut NV - Seafood WithCeviche And Potatoes / Graham Beck Non Vintage Rosé - Kingklip Crayfish Miso Butter /Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2005 - Pork Kakuni / Graham Beck Brut Vintage 2008 - PassionFruit Brûlée / Graham Beck „Bliss‟ Demi Sec. R495.00 per person. To reserve your table atNobu, One&Only Cape Town, call +27 21 431 4511 or mail email@example.comThursday, 2nd May. A tasting of top Red Blends will be held at Die Bergkelder WineCentre. The experience costs R80 per person and includes the tasting and light supper. Theevening starts at 17h30 for 18h00. Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 021 8098025. This tasting forms part of a series of Thursday tasting evenings on offer at DieBergkelder covering a wide selection of wines, fortified wines and brandies. There are luckydraw prizes up for grabs for anyone who purchases wines on the evening. Conveniently inStellenbosch, Die Bergkelder Wine Centre offers a wide selection of fine wines and spirits atcompetitive prices with knowledgeable and experienced staff eager to offer advice andassistance.Friday, 10th May Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromSteenberg Vineyards. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Saturday, 11th May at 19h00. Classical Music Concert: Bryan Wallick (Piano) in the LaMotte Historic Cellar. La Motte‟s May Concert commemorates composers Liszt, Verdi andWagner (all born 200 years ago in 1813) with a recital that includes Liszt pianotranscriptions of work by Verdi and Wagner. Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one ofthe great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. Gold medallist of the 1997 VladimirHorowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the UnitedStates, Europe and South Africa. He made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie‟sWeill Recital Hall and his Wigmore Hall recital debut in London in 2003. At La Motte, he willalso perform Haydn‟s Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50. Admission: R170. Reservations: Angelaat +27 21 876 8000 or email@example.com. La Motte Estate‟s gates only open at18h00. The La Motte Farm Shop will be open from 18h00 to 19h00. Concert starts promptlyat 19:00. Concert-goers with dinner reservations at Pierneef à La Motte should be seated inthe restaurant by 20h30.Tuesday, 14th & Wednesday, 15th May. 17h30 to 21h00. JULIET CULLINANS STANDARDBANK WINE FESTIVAL at SUMMER PLACE, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Winesof distinction presented in an elegant setting. After 23 years, The Juliet Cullinan StandardBank Wine Festival inspires by offering the most exclusive & longest running wine show inthe country. Small, select, superior - the event is singularly about quality. Discover 50handpicked, icon Cape wineries displaying traditional, innovative, rare and unique labels ofoutstanding distinction. An ever increasing range of imported wines and accessories makethis a memorable experience. The festival is synonymous with Standard Bank who havesponsored the show for 13 years. The setting will once again be at Summer Place with itsair of exclusivity, luxury and elegance. All wines showcased during the Festival can bepurchased through the Makro Sip & Shop at special show prices. Quality wines, quality
guests and a quality setting. The Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival has becomethe Holy Grail of where to find and purchase boutique wines. Tickets cost R130 per personif booked online and R150 at the door. This includes a wine glass, catalogue, and anevening of unlimited tastings in a unique Johannesburg setting. Tickets are available atwebtickets.co.zaFriday, 24th May. Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from deWetshof Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May – Gauteng Outdoor Expo, The Original Premier OutdoorEco Adventure & Travel Expo celebrates its 21st Year in Gauteng and lots of exciting newplans are under way for this year‟s Expo! Last year we found a great new venue, themagnificent Waterfall Polo Estate situated in the Kyalami Environ, with easy access eitheroff of the N1 on Allandale Road Exit or Maxwell Drive or Woodmead Drive . This venue istruly Outdoors & Eco Friendly! We are moving the show down to the lower field for moreprotection and also better road visibility. 2012 was a tough year for most businesses and toensure that 2013 will be a most successful one for all of you - we have been in longnegotiations with our suppliers - and are pleased to announce that we have kept our standprices as low as possible! Provisionally book your stand today! Please click here to bookyour space for 2013 - this is merely a provisional booking and your stand details will bediscussed with you before the final contract will be issued.JUNESaturday, 1st June. Feast of Shiraz & Charcuterie returns to Hartenberg Wine Estate.Kick the cold weather to the curb by revelling in some of South Africa‟s finest Syrahs fromleading cellars paired with an array of meaty indulgencies at the annual Feast of Shiraz &Charcuterie at Hartenberg Wine Estate on Saturday, 1st June. Carl Schultz, celebratedwinemaker at Hartenberg, widely regarded as one of South Africa‟s oldest and leadingproducers of Shiraz for almost 40 years, has invited a select group of winemakers to presenttheir cellar gems at this indulgent day of Shiraz and Charcuterie. They will be joined bysome of the best local charcuterie masters, cheese makers and olive enthusiasts that willbring foods to life to entice palates and complement this hardy varietal. “Shiraz andcharcuterie is a classic combination; the robust flavours created when curing or smokingmeat complements Shiraz superbly. This festival is meant for everyone, whether you are anovice wanting to try something new or wine connoisseur on the hunt for freshdiscoveries,” says Carl, who celebrates his 20th harvest at Hartenberg this year and hasplayed an integral part in the estate‟s Shiraz success story. As the home of the world‟s No.1 Shiraz, The Stork 2008, as declared by Syrah du Monde in 2012 there is no better place toexperience this varietal first hand than at Hartenberg Wine Estate. The Feast of Shiraz &Charcuterie @ Hartenberg takes place on Saturday, 1 June from 12h00 noon until 17h00.Tickets cost R180 per person, including a tasting glass and are available online atwww.webtickets.co.za. For more information, call +27 84 207 3820, Email:email@example.com. Hartenberg Estate is on the Bottelary Road off the R304 toStellenbosch. (www.hartenbergestate.com)Wednesday, 5th June. 19h00 Arrival drinks, 19h30 Dinner. Entertaining Elegance at Nobu …MOËT & CHANDON EVENING. Nobu Royale - Arrival Cocktail. WHITEFISH DRY MISO: Nectar Impérial- the boldest and most unexpected of the Moët & Chandon Champagne. Unusually paired with anappetizer, the Nectar flexes its versatility and textures in both and work beautifully side by side. Onthe palate is a succulent blend of richness and elegance, extreme creaminess and vibrant freshness.
TUNA SASHIMI SALAD & KING CRAB AMA PONZU. Moët Brut Imperial - lively and generous anddistinguishes itself by a bright fruitiness, seductive palate and an elegant maturity. The Brut standsup wonderfully to the intense flavours found in both dishes. A clear representation of this moreishdelight. SALMON BROWN RICE SALSA & LAMB ANTI CUCHO MISO. The aromas in the Moët Rosé areintense and irresistible. It distinguishes itself by a radiant colour, an intense fruitiness andflamboyance on the palate. Here we present you with a contrast of sorts that will instantly seduce.We have discovered a versatility in rosé not often explored… PASSION FRUIT BRÛLÉE. Moët Nectar -an obvious choice that will finish the evening in style. To reserve your table at Nobu, One&OnlyCape Town, call +27 21 431 4511 or mail to firstname.lastname@example.orgThursday, 6th June. A Vinoteque tasting will be held at Die Bergkelder Wine Centre. Theexperience costs R80 per person and includes the tasting and light supper. The eveningstarts at 17h30 for 18h00. Places are limited so booking is essential. Call 021 809 8025.This tasting forms part of a series of Thursday tasting evenings on offer at Die Bergkeldercovering a wide selection of wines, fortified wines and brandies. There are lucky drawprizes up for grabs for anyone who purchases wines on the evening. Conveniently inStellenbosch, Die Bergkelder Wine Centre offers a wide selection of fine wines and spirits atcompetitive prices with knowledgeable and experienced staff eager to offer advice andassistance.Thursday, 6th to Sunday, 9th June. WACKY WINE WEEKEND CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OFUNRIVALLED SUCCESS, demonstrating the Robertson Wine Valley‟s commitment, innovationand excellence in wine tourism development. This year marks the 10th anniversary of theRobertson Wine Valley‟s biggest annual wine festival, with the ever-popular Wacky WineWeekend - with Kyknet as the new headline sponsor and „celebration‟ as the theme. The10th Wacky Wine Weekend, sponsored by Kyknet and with „celebration‟ as the theme, isgoing to be more festive and wacky than ever, so be sure to join the Robertson Wine Valleyclan for an indulgently Wacky Weekend....Wacky 2013 charity drive for winter. Festival-goers are invited to join the Robertson WineValley in supporting their local charities. Help take the chill out of winter by donatingblankets and winter clothing, for all ages, for those less fortunate. In return the Valley willreward you with wine, according to the weight of your donation, with a maximum of a 6-bottle case of wine which weighs about 9kg. Donations that weigh less than a bottle of winewill be rewarded with vouchers for wine purchases at La Verne online wine shop(www.lavernewines.co.za). All donations are please to be handed in at the Robertson WineValley office, corner of Voortrekker and Reitz Streets, Robertson.The Wacky Bag Project: As part of the 10 years celebration, members of the localcommunity have been commissioned by the Robertson Wine Valley to produce the ±18 000Wacky „goodie bags‟, thus providing much-needed employment and the opportunity to learnnew skills for the future. The inspiration came from Khaya Power (www.khayapower.co.za)who are empowering communities all over the Western Cape by offering them an energysource powered by solar energy: 5 litre containers that are safe, portable andrechargeable. No more paraffin and candles! These power units are beautifully packaged incolourful, varnished, recycled cement bags with rope handles. The Robertson Wine Valleyhas teamed up with Langeberg Doulos Trust who provide the homeless with physical,mental and spiritual care, employing them to produce the 2013 Wacky „goodie bags‟ fromrecycled cement bags. A total of 7 pallets of cement bags were sponsored by PPC and 29kmof rope, 900 litres of varnish and 29km of duct tape are being used to make the Wackybags. These eye-catching bags, ideal for gifts and function, will be available for order viathe Robertson Wine Valley office: email email@example.com.
Four days of celebration: With 48 wineries showcasing their wines and myriad keyattractions, both old favourites and novel delights, this well-loved event is a „must-do‟ onthe annual social calendar. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary, festival–goers will bepleasantly surprised to find a variety of vouchers and special offers, from various winefarms, inside the Wacky programme in their „goodie bags‟. Some of these vouchers andspecial offers will be valid during the Wacky weekend, and others only after the weekend.The Wacky Wine Weekend will include four festive days, with each day boasting its uniquesignature wine theme, to cater for all palates.... Whether you are a fun-seeker, novice or awine connoisseur, there is something for everyone with: „Seriously Wine Thursday‟, „WineUp Friday‟, „Full On Wacky Saturday‟ or „Wine Down Sunday‟. „Seriously Wine Thursday‟promises to inspire wine aficionados with a range of tailor-made activities, for instance:master wine-tastings, wine- and food-pairings, educational wine presentations and privatetastings with the Valley‟s most esteemed winemakers.The Wacky Wine Weekend will embrace the usual line-up of fun-filled activities, forexample: „meet-the-winemaker‟ tastings, brandy tours and tastings, fun wine competitions,river cruises, tractor trips, cheese- and olive tastings, a simulated rodeo bull, a mountainbike challenge, a fresh goods market and local performing artists. The Valley will also bepresenting a gastronomic extravaganza, with visitors spoilt for choice: oysters, perlemoen,sushi, riverside picnics, „braaivleis‟ and „potjiekos‟ are just a few of the gourmet delightson offer. And while the adults are revelling in all the above, there will, as always, be awide range of children‟s activities including: fishing, farmyard tours, jumping castles, ponyrides, a treasure hunt and face-painting. As part of the Robertson Wine Valley‟scommitment to ensure a safe festival, a Zero Tolerance Policy is implemented towards„drinking and driving‟. Visitors are requested to make use of the Buddy Bus or appoint theirown designated driver. The Buddy Bus facility enables groups of seven or more visitors tohire a chauffeur-driven mini-bus. Wacky Wine Weekend Bus-In Packages are also available.A2B Charters will be offering one day packages, with transport departing from theWaterfront, Tygervalley, Stellenbosch (Butterfly World) and Paarl, to Robertson, and„Buddy Bus‟ transport between the participating wineries. See contact details below. Forvisitors from further afield, Beyond Reach has once again put together great Fly-InPackages that include flights, car rental and accommodation. See contact details below. Sohead out to the Robertson Wine Valley for a winter getaway at the Wacky Wine Weekend –where the fun never stops! Cost: A R100.00 passport, valid for the whole weekend, must bepurchased at one‟s first port-of-call, i.e. at any of the participating wineries. The passportincludes: a stylish tasting glass, free 25ml wine-tasting samples, and a „goodie‟ bag withsome great surprises, as well as the programme highlighting some special offers. All otheractivities during the Wacky Wine Weekend will be „pay-as-you-go‟, with many of theactivities free of charge. Visitors will also be able to purchase wine-by-the-glass or a bottleof wine to share amongst friends. Visit the new website www.wackywineweekend.com.Many of the activities need to be pre-booked directly with the respective wineries. BuddyBus: Buddy Bus costs vary between R127 and R400 per person. The service will be availablefrom 08h00 until 19h00 and guests will be collected and returned to their accommodation.Bookings must please be made in advance. Accommodation: Please visitwww.robertsonwinevalley.com. Accommodation establishments will require the payment ofa deposit to secure the booking. Bus-in Packages: Book Day Packages with A2B Charters.Group bookings of between 7 and 60 passengers for day-trips cost R400 per person andinclude „Buddy Bus‟ transport between the participating wineries. Bookings close 20th May!Contact Jacques on 083 258 4769 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fly-In Packages: Book withBeyond Reach: 023 614 3937 / 072 203 2457 or email@example.com.
Enquiries: Contact the Robertson Wine Valley on 023 626 3167, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the new Wacky Wine Weekend website.www.wackywineweekend.com. Robertson Wine Valley office, c/o Robertson Winery, 1-10Constitution Road, RobertsonFriday, 7th June Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste buds toa dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from ShannonVineyards. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or email@example.com.Friday, 21st June Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from Tokara.Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.JULYFriday, 5th July Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste buds toa dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from TheWinery of Good Hope. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500or e-mail email@example.com.Saturday, 13th July from 19h00 to 21h00. French Festivities – Zanne Stapelberg(soprano) and Francois du Toit (piano) in the La Motte Historic Cellar. As part of theannual Bastille festival in Franschhoek, acclaimed South African soprano Zanne Stapelbergand well-known pianist Francois du Toit will present a special programme of French musicwhich includes Je Veux Vivre from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod, Fantoches from FêteGalante and Nuit et Jour by Cole Porter, as well as selected piano works by Chopin. Theprogramme will conclude on a lighter note with works by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf.Reservations are essential, please contact Angela at +27 21 876 8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. La Motte Estate‟s gates only open at 18h00. The La Motte Farm Shop will beopen from 18h00 to 19h00. Concert starts promptly at 19:00. Concert-goers with dinnerreservations at Pierneef à La Motte should be seated in the restaurant by 20h30.Friday, 19th July Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromBuitenverwachting. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 ore-mail email@example.com.Wednesday, 31st July. CAROLINE’S RED WINE REVIEW at the Table Bay Hotel. Moredetails laterAUGUSTFriday, 2nd August Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your taste budsto a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest from KleinConstantia Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Thursday, 22nd August. 18h00 to 21h00. Cape Town Nedbank Cape Winemakers GuildAuction Showcase. Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Experience stellarwines with a creative edge and great diversity from some of South Africa‟s most laudedwinemakers at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase in Cape Town onThursday, 22 August and Johannesburg on Thursday 29, August, when members of the Guildpresent their wines to go under the hammer at this year‟s Nedbank Cape Winemakers GuildAuction. Benchmarking over 30 years of winemaking excellence, the Guild comprises 45
winemakers who jointly represent the pinnacle of South African wine achievement. Onlywines crafted exclusively for the Guild by these leading winemakers are sold at the annualAuction which is open to the general public, wine collectors as well as the liquor andrestaurant trade. The Showcases in Cape Town and Johannesburg afford wine lovers theopportunity to taste these rare and innovative Auction wines as well as other acclaimedflagship wines of Guild members in an interactive, walk-around tasting hosted by thewinemakers themselves. Showcase-goers will also have the opportunity to bid on raresigned bottles from previous Guild Auctions during the Silent Auction in aid of the NedbankCWG Development Trust. Founded in 1999, the Development Trust assists with education,training and empowerment of young people from wine farming communities and includesthe Guild‟s Protégé Programme, a mentorship scheme for young, upcoming winemakers.R170 per person including a tasting glass. Bookings via www.WebTickets.co.zaFriday, 23rd August Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromStrandveld Wines. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or e-mail email@example.com.Thursday, 29th August. 18h00 to 21h00. Johannesburg Nedbank Cape Winemakers GuildAuction Showcase. The Atrium, Nedbank Head Offices, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton.Experience stellar wines with a creative edge and great diversity from some of SouthAfrica‟s most lauded winemakers at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcasein Cape Town on Thursday, 22 August and Johannesburg on Thursday 29, August, whenmembers of the Guild present their wines to go under the hammer at this year‟s NedbankCape Winemakers Guild Auction. Benchmarking over 30 years of winemaking excellence,the Guild comprises 45 winemakers who jointly represent the pinnacle of South Africanwine achievement. Only wines crafted exclusively for the Guild by these leadingwinemakers are sold at the annual Auction which is open to the general public, winecollectors as well as the liquor and restaurant trade. The Showcases in Cape Town andJohannesburg afford wine lovers the opportunity to taste these rare and innovative Auctionwines as well as other acclaimed flagship wines of Guild members in an interactive, walk-around tasting hosted by the winemakers themselves. Showcase-goers will also have theopportunity to bid on rare signed bottles from previous Guild Auctions during the SilentAuction in aid of the Nedbank CWG Development Trust. Founded in 1999, the DevelopmentTrust assists with education, training and empowerment of young people from wine farmingcommunities and includes the Guild‟s Protégé Programme, a mentorship scheme for young,upcoming winemakers. R170 per person including a tasting glass. Bookings viawww.WebTickets.co.zaSEPTEMBERFriday, 6th September Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromGlen Carlou. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Thursday, 5th September. Chefs who share – the ART of giving; New food, wine & artextravaganza for underprivileged children in the Cape Town City Hall. A unique starstudded gala evening destined to become the black tie event of the year, featuring 14acclaimed South African chefs, seven adept sommeliers and seven celebrated artists allunder one roof in aid of youth development, will be held in the Cape Town City Hall onThursday, 5 September 2013. Presented by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, „Chefs who share –the ART of giving‟ will treat guests to an evening of glamour, culinary artistry and fine art –
all for a worthy cause. All the monies from the ticket sales and the proceeds of an artauction will go towards two youth development charities: Make a Difference Foundation(MAD) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. “We are delighted to be in a position to hostthis inaugural „Chefs who share‟ event in Cape Town. Together with our partners we hopeto take this concept even further with similar events overseas in support of our chosenSouth African charities,” says event organiser Barbara Lenhard who has worked tirelessly tomake her dream of creating this unforgettable evening of sharing a reality. The chefs arefrom all over South Africa and will be divided into pairs to share their culinary genius andindividual menus with limited groups of guests. Each chef duo will be joined by a highlyrespected sommelier who will ensure that every dish is paired to perfection with a topSouth African wine. The evening will culminate with an auction of original works of artdonated by participating artists. The chefs, all acclaimed masters of their craft, have beenpaired as follows: Margot Janse (The Tasting Room, Franschhoek) & David Higgs (FiveHundred at the Saxon, Johannesburg) - Bertus Basson (Overture Restaurant, Stellenbosch)& Peter Tempelhoff (Greenhouse at the Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town) - Rudi Liebenberg(Planet Restaurant, Cape Town) & Christiaan Campbell (Delaire, Stellenbosch) - JackieCameron (Hartford House, Mooi River, Kwazulu-Natal) & Reuben Riffel (Reuben‟s,Franschhoek) - Darren Badenhorst (Grande Provence, Franschhoek) & Chris Erasmus(Pierneef at La Motte, Franschhoek) - Harald Bresselschmidt (Aubergine, Cape Town) &Chantel Dartnall (Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria) - Marthinus Ferreira (DW Eleven-13,Johannesburg) & George Jardine (Jordan Restaurant, Stellenbosch). The beneficiaries ofthis singular event, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, both share a proud record of runningsuccessful youth development programmes that have made a difference to the lives ofyoung South Africans from less fortunate backgrounds. Spearheaded by Francois Pienaar in2003, MAD identifies and nurtures talented youths to become role models through amentorship programme. Literacy and environmental awareness is promoted through a broadbased educational programme. With a singular mission of using the power of sport as a toolfor social change, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation helps children to overcome thelimitations of challenging social issues from poverty, homelessness and violence to drugabuse and AIDS. Founded over 10 years ago under the patronage of Nelson Mandela, thefoundation is part of a worldwide programme of sports related community projects. „Chefswho share‟ is destined to become one of the most prestigious events on the Cape Townsocial calendar. The event enables guests to get up close and personal with South Africa‟sfinest chefs, sommeliers and artists and offers companies the opportunity to treat clients toa very special evening whilst supporting a worthy cause. Tickets to this rare culinaryshowcase are available at R3 000 per person. Early booking for individual tickets or entiretables is recommended to secure your preferred chefs for the evening. For moreinformation visit www.chefswhoshare.com, email email@example.com or call 021433 1699.Friday, 20th September Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromJordan Wine Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 ore-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.OCTOBERFriday, 4th October Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest fromDelaire Graff Estate. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500 ore-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, 5th October from 09h00. The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction willtake place at Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands and is open to thepublic. To find out how you can attend the Auction to obtain these rare and exclusivewines, visit: www.capewinemakersguild.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call+27 +21 852 0408.Friday, 25th October Join the Vineyard Hotel‟s team at The Square and treat your tastebuds to a dining experience created by our chef to enhance the latest and greatest winesfrom Constantia Valley. Booking is essential for these popular events, so call 021 657 4500or e-mail email@example.com.Wednesday, 30th October. CAROLINE’S WHITE WINE REVIEW at the Table Bay Hotel. Moredetails later