The annual Oyster and Champagne Festival will take place on 14th and 15th October at Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville . Expect a good dose of delectable oysters, coupled with fabulous Champagne, good music and an upmarket selection of foods and treats.
Difference between Champagne, MCCs and Sparkling Wines: For those of us that need this clarified here is some helpful information:
Can only be made using grapes grown in Champagne, a province in north eastern France. Regardless of the method used to make it, anything else is simply not Champagne. This year Moët will be featured at the Oyster and Champagne Festival representing French Champagne at its best.
Méthode Cap Classique (MCC)
MCC is the South African version of Champagne. MCC is made using the original, bottle fermented process used by the French. Every step of the process aside from the grapes, is the real deal. The quality of our grapes coupled with the expertise of our wine makers is such that our MCCs rival some of the best French champagnes. Featured at this year’s Oyster and Champagne Festival is a selection of prestigious local MCCs to name a few Villiera, Haute Cabriere, Pierre Jordan, JC Le Roux, Pongracz and Krone.
Did You Know?
- In 2005 research supported the view that oysters contain a rare amino acid that has been linked to reproductive success. So now we know how Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros got it right.
- Oysters are “alternating hermaphrodites”, which means they can switch sexes from time to time.
- Only about one in 10,000 oysters contains a pearl.
- The verb ‘to shuck’, meaning to remove the shell from an oyster, was first recorded in 1881.
- The saying “the world’s your oyster” comes from Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor: “The world’s mine oyster. Which I with sword will open.”
- Worldwide, around two billion pounds of oysters are eaten every year.
Celebrity Chef: Sue-Ann Allen became a household name in 2012 as the runner-up in the 1st season of MasterChef South Africa. For three months MasterChef episodes introduced her love for food and ‘never give up’ attitude to people around the country. We are delighted to announce that Sue-Ann, together with another 2 chefs, will be demonstrating the preparation of mouth-watering recipes over the weekend. Look forward to delights such as Baked Oysters with spinach and bacon, Fresh Oysters with candied orange and an onion mint gel and Oyster Tataki with pickled ginger, spring onion, crispy noodle, coriander and Asian style dressing, to name a few.
Non-alcoholic drinks: For the festivalgoers that prefer a non -alcoholic drink, Uber Flavours will be there with their all-natural rooibos craft ice tea. They have four variants, namely Apple and Cinnamon, Honey and Lemon, Mango and Vanilla, and Berry and Buchu. Their teas are halal and kosher, and most diabetic people can drink them too as they contain no added sugar.
Food vendors: Moët will be working closely with our popular sushi provider creating platters that include a selection of fresh delectable sushi served with chilled champagne. Scandalous Foods will be there providing a selection of gourmet burgers, pita’s and wraps and Wahine Food Truck who were a firm favourite last year will once again be dishing up their famous fish and chips, curries and wraps.
Gelato on the Go will be at the Oyster and Champagne Festival this year featuring the well-loved Italian ice-cream Gelato. This year they are also introducing their glamourous mini gelato cone which is made with the same Italian Gelato ice-cream but put onto mini sugar cones and coated in chocolate. Yummy we cannot wait to taste this awesome summer treat!
So now that you have all the facts that you could possibly need book your ticket now and start planning your winning outfit.
Saturday 14th October 2017 and Sunday 15th October 2017, gates open at 12h00.
Tickets sold via Computicket at R160 per person includes a branded champagne glass and 5 free tasting coupons (no under 18’s). Glasses and coupons will be available to purchase during the event