What’s the big deal with Chenin Blanc? If you head to Spier on Saturday October 26, you’ll get to find out, when the wine farm hosts the Spier Secret Market on the rolling lawns alongside the Eerste River from 9am to 3pm.
Come thirsty. The Chenin Blanc Association’s Expo will have tastings of 30 of South Africa’s top Chenins. Afterwards, visitors will be able to chill out at Spier’s Wine Bar, which offers its 21 Gables Chenin and Signature Chenin Blanc, as well as plenty of the farm’s other wines.
But what is wine without food? The Spier Secret Festival folks have worked hard to assemble the Cape’s top local producers. Give the Bloody Mary Chorizo a try at Ethical Meat Merchants Frankie Fenner, and stock up on eggs and pasture-fed beef mince from Spier’s pioneering biodynamic farmer Angus Mcintosh, before heading over to The Creamery which will be serving up their decadent ice cream (the caramel sea salt is recommended).
There will be fires available for guests to braai their freshly purchased provisions for lunch. But of course with sunshine and lawn and a glass of Chenin in hand, one would be forgiven if one was in the mood for a more leisurely alternative. In that event, top local restaurants including My Basaar and Spier’s Eight will have pop-ups serving up lunch cooked using energy-efficient gas and fire.
There’ll also be a host of street food options for grazer types: Waymenels’s salt beef, Beijing Opera’s dim sum, Hevette’s jaffles and american favourites from Black Market Foods. Make sure you’ve got space for a browse at the market’s bakery section where Queen of Tarts, Sweet & Sinful Secrets and others will tempt you with their indulgent treats.
A day at the market is for the whole family, and there’ll be plenty to keep the kids occupied. Introduce them to some farmyard favourites including a lamb, calf and chickens in the petting pen or set them loose on the sand art installation. From making paper rocket ships to braaing stokbrood, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to learn too. Reward their efforts with face-painting or a game with magnet fish.
* The Spier Secret Market runs from 9am to 3pm. Entry is free. The market is supported by Woolworths and will have a special section dedicated to some of their local suppliers. For more information, visit www.Spiersecretfestival.co.za, or call 021 809 1100.