The annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival – presented by Pick n Pay – will again serve to highlight the superb food and wine offerings that has earned the Stellenbosch area its place as the country’s gourmet capital; and for the duration of the 10-day festival, set to take place from January 24 to February 1, festival-goers will get to experience a journey of delicious food, accompanied by some of the best wines in the world.
The Longridge Langtafel on Wednesday, January 28, is expected to be a massive festival highlight, during which the oak-lined Plein Street, in the heart of the town, will be transformed for an open-air gala dinner. The 200-seater table will be set in front of the iconic Stellenbosch town hall where guests will be presented with a feast paired with wines from the award-winning Longridge wine portfolio.
Diners will be greeted with Longridge MCC bubbly on arrival, along with a section of delicious snacks, including trout tartare served in a tortilla basket, traditional Cape Malay samoosas with mango atjar, caramelised onion, gruyere and Dijon tarts, roasted peeled almonds, olives and South African speciality beef biltong. Live music will ensure a jovial ambiance.
The rest of the menu is just as exciting: for starters a Caprese salad with homemade fior di latte mozzarella, sun-ripened tomatoes and organic basil from the Longridge restaurant garden accompanied by home-baked bread and citrus butter main course (paired with the refreshing Longridge Blanc white blend); and the entrée will consist of a prawn tempura tower with layered grilled aubergine, avocado and red onion and wasabi mayonnaise and chilli sauce. This will be matched with the Longridge Chardonnay.
The main course will feature free-range beef fillet with a potato cake, baked bone marrow, red wine jus and steamed broccoli and will be served with the Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon. For the grand finale, guests will tuck into a chocolate parfait with fresh cherries, Kahlua and salted caramel with berry meringue, accompanied by the Longridge Pinotage.
As the evening draws to a close, guests will be able to savour table cheese platters with Longridge kumquat preserve, Shiraz jam and candied pecans paired with the Edelgoud noble late harvest or Lavazza Coffee.
(Tickets to the event cost R700 per person and can be purchased directly from Longridge on 021 855 4082.)
Another must-see during the three-day wine and lifestyle experience from Friday, January 30, to Sunday, February 1, at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds is the Gourmet Lane. Visitors will be able to enjoy delicious treats from estate restaurants and local eateries, including Wild Peacock Emporium, Blaauwklippen, Eaglevlei, Brampton, Clos Malverne, Spier and Bistro 13 at Stellenbosch Vineyards. Each restaurant will present their signature dish paired with a specific wine from the farm or their winery partner.
Some of the delicious offerings are set to include: fresh oysters, charcuterie and cheese platters, kebabs, gourmet wraps and burgers, pork belly, spring rolls, grilled quail lollipops, steak tartar, tempura prawns, fresh strawberries and cream, wine sorbet and more.
Visit the festival website at www.stellenboschwinefestival for a detailed programme of gourmet Dine in the Vine offerings at participating wine farms, including Kanonkop Wine Estate, Dornier Wines, Muratie Wine Farm, Overgaauw Wine Estate, Avontuur Estate, SylvanVale Vineyards, Le Bonheur, Middelvlei, the Lord Neethling Restaurant at Neethlingshof, The Terrace Restaurant and The Deli at Lanzerac and Stellenrust. Whether you’re in the mood for an authentic boerebraai, pizza, tapas platters, picnics, paired meals or ploughman’s platters, there is bound to be something to suit just about every palate.
* Daily tickets to the Stellenbosch wine & lifestyle experience are available from www.webtickets.co.za at R170 per adult, which includes a R20 voucher, redeemable at the on-site PnP wine shop. The daily ticket price for children between the ages of three and 17 is R60, while children under three enter free of charge.