Cheese lovers planning to visit the SA Cheese Festival from April 26 to 29 at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch can expect so much more: more of their favourite cheese and other mouth-watering products, more to experience, to experiment with and to enjoy.
This year the Afrox Cooking Pot will be bursting at the seams with guest appearances by RSG’s Nina Timm, the MasterChef sisters, Leandri and Seline van der Wat, as well as ‘Kokkedoor’s’ chef Nic van Wyk, and the 2013 winners, Mynhardt and Tiaan.
A fiery tasting debate between beer guru Lucy Corne and wine lover Cathy Marston will aim to bring the final judgement: which drink is cheese’s perfect partner? SAB brew master Jeto Jaeger and South Africa’s Mr Cheese, Kobus Mulder, will take the relationship between beer and cheese still further. Attendees will learn to brew the perfect cup of coffee with häzz’s barista and nibble simultaneously on a handmade coffee-toffee from Sweet Temptations Toffees during their Toffee & Coffee sessions. The five daily demonstrations in the Afrox Cooking Pot promise to serve cheese education with a generous scoop of fun.
The Checkers Cheese Emporium will offer visitors a brand new experience with well-known foodies such as Nataniël, Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris, Herman Lensing and coffee fundi David Donde guiding them through a maze-type gourmet journey with cheese, steak, wine and whisky, coffee and more.
In die Pinotage Theatre the diversity of South Africa’s very own wine cultivar will be celebrated with various food and wine pairings.
A number of boutique cheese makers from as far afield as the Natal Midlands will be bringing their artisan cheeses to the country’s largest gathering of cheese lovers. Cheese lovers will also be able taste the products from Camphill Farm Community, Buffeljagsrivier Primary School, Langbaken Karoo Cheese, Taaibosch Kaas, Anysbos, Karoo Goat’s Milk Products, Indezi River Cheese, Kasselshoop Cheese, Domino Farm, Madame Fromage and Montagu Cheese.
* Tickets are available at R130 from Computicket and in all Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and House & Home outlets (no tickets will be available at the gates). Senior citizens pay R100 and children 13 years and under enter free.
Visit www.cheesefestival.co.za for more information.