The SA Cheese Festival is rally one of my favourite food festivals. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the producers of amazing handmade boutique cheeses. Even more wonderful is that the public get to taste them for the first time before buying them in the future, because they know what they are getting. The SA Cheese Festival in my opinion has expanded South Africans’ palette for new and unusual cheese, and I say halleluiah to that!
It is a family day out and there is literally something for everyone, young and old. For the little ones there is the intimate closeness with a variety of farm animals at the Milk Factory to look forward to, as well as the fun-filled DStv Kids Zone, which promises hours of entertainment, including karaoke, shows by illusionists, popcorn, face painting and much more. Children will also be able to meet their favourite Kidsco characters. Boo and Sonic will be on hand to keep them busy.
For us adults there is the pleasure of a gourmet adventure with more than 350 different cheeses from the far reaches of the country to look forward to. For those who simply love to indulge with food while in good company congregating at Sandringham (outside Stellenbosch) will feel like they stepped into paradise. This event, that annually draws more than 30000 cheese aficionados, promises an extended experience with a brand new Friday night programme that will last until 10pm, so bring lots of cash, dress warm and have a designated driver on standby, so that you can party the night away.
There will be various food theatres to visit, which include the DStv Food Network Theatre and The Checkers Theatre Of Taste where you can have some fun with Nataniël, Brümilda van Rensburg, Herman Lensing, Shaleen Surtie-Richards and yours truly. All of us will be ready and willing to share our culinary secrets with you on what to do with Steakhouse Classic products, Certified Natural Lamb, Championship Boerewors and Cheese From Around the World. Visitors will be able to sip wines from the Checkers Wine Route and Wines Of The World and tap feet to the live entertainment. Entry is free to the Checkers Theatre; just get your ticket at the entrance to the Theatre for the slot you want to see.
Speaking of tickets, it is very, very important to remember to get your tickets from Computicket in all Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and House & Home outlets (no tickets at the gates). Tickets are R115for adults, while senior citizens pay R90 and children 13 years and younger enter for free. Opening times for Friday is from 10am to 10pm; on Saturday from 10am to 6pm; and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Wine tasting glasses will be on sale at R15 at the gates.
For more information, visit www.cheesefestival.co.za, or call Agri-Expo on 021 975 4440, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So treat your mouth to cheeses, chocolate, wines, breads, olives, and much more. See you there.
Potato and Feta Cakes
- 4 Rashers of bacon, finely chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup finely shredded cabbage
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 3 spring onions with tops, chopped
- 2 tbls grated parmesan cheese
- 100g Feta Cheese, crumbled
- 500gr potatoes, boiled and finely chopped
- Black pepper
- 2 tbls roughly chopped coriander
- Oil for frying
- Seasoned flour for coating
In a non-stick pan fry the bacon till crisp, remove and place into a mixing bowl.
In the same pan add 2 tsp of olive oil to the bacon fat and fry the cabbage, garlic and spring onions till wilted. Season with a little salt and pepper, stir into the bacon with the parmesan cheese, feta, potatoes and coriander and mix together well with your hands and shape into cakes. Dust with flour and fry till golden all over.
Serve topped with rocket and more crispy bacon and if you like a dollop of tzatziki or sour cream and chives.
© Jenny Morris 2013
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