Cheese lovers planning to visit the SA Cheese Festival from Saturday to Tuesday, 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.
Celebrity foodies have proved in the past how much they simply love the Cheese Festival and its enthusiastic visitors, and this year the Afrox Cooking Pot will be bursting at the seams with guest appearances by RSG’s über chef 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. One of the new season’s participants will also be sharing the stage.
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. Visitors 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 attendees 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. Visitors will be able to enjoy, for example, chef Craig Cormack’s extraordinary pairing of Fleur du Cap wines with salt from all over the world.
Boutique cheeseries bring their speciality cheeses
A number of boutique cheese makers from as far afield as the Natal Midlands –sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture – will bring their artisan cheeses to the country’s largest gathering of cheese lovers. Make sure to 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.
Dad, mom and kids welcome
Rugby enthusiasts will not have to miss the Stormers’ Super XV game against the Cheetahs on Saturday, April 26. Cheer for your team in the Klipdrift/DStv Supersport Lounge while the rest of the family taste, shop and play. The little ones will be busy and happy with jumping castles and games, a merry milk ditty to learn and the DStv Cartoon Network in the Fair Cape Kiddies Corner. A visit to the farm animals in the Milk Factory is sure to put smiles on their dials.
* Tickets are available at R130 from Computicket and in all Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and House & Home outlets (no tickets at the gates). Senior citizens pay R100 and children 13 years and under enter free.
Opening times are from 10am to 6pm and from 10am to 5pm on the last day. Wine tasting glasses will be on sale at R15 at the gates. No alcohol will be served to persons under the age of 18. Have your ID’s readily available.
For more information, visit www.cheesefestival.co.za, send an email to email@example.com, or call 021 975 4440.