Constantia Valley puts its best foot forward
This weekend sees the start of the first Constantia Food and Wine festival at the Cricket Oval on the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate where one can experience the magic of the Constantia Valley.
The festival is sponsored by Pick n Pay, and should have visitors’ taste buds tingling as it showcases over 40 of the finest wines and delicious food from top restaurants in the region. Festivalgoers can also look forward to a programme of live entertainment. The Food and Wine festival is aimed at showcasing Constantia as one of the world’s premier food and wine destinations. There are 10 wine estates in the Constantia Valley and they will all be participating at this event, together with Cape Point Vineyards from the Noordhoek area.On ‘Expresso’ in the past week I got to cook with two of the many chefs who will be featured at this exciting new festival.
Stefan Marais from Societie Brasserie taught me to make scotch eggs, which is one of the three dishes that he will be making. This is an ideal dish for road tripping. He will also be whipping up his famous chocolate mousse dessert.Martha Williams from The Cape Malay Experience showed me how to make a cape Malay curry, which was so yummy and truly a fantastic South African dish – this will be one of the dishes you can look forward to experiencing at this festival.
The festival has taken great efforts to ensure the safety of visitors, so you don’t have to be worried about drinking and driving; 1for the road will be around to give you peace of mind and not cut your party short. One of their reliable drivers will drive you home so there will be no need to inhibit yourself.One of South Africa’s leading party bands, Me and Mr Brown, will perform live on Friday May 4 and Sunday May 6. The harmonious sounds of contemporary acapella group The Perfect Score will keep you entertained on Saturday May 5.
There is also great news for the youngsters as they get in free and should be entertained for hours in the open-air playground adjacent to the tasting tent, where you’ll have access to some of the best-tasting wines in the country.
Tickets, which include tastings at various wine farms, cost R120pp per day and can be purchased online at www.webtickets.co.za, at participating wine farms or at the festival entrance.