Young and old can enjoy the Rooibos Experience at the popular Root44 Market in Stellenbosch on April 28 and 29, which promises to be bigger and better than last year’s festival.
On the menu is Audacia’s “no sulphites or preservatives added” red wine, created by using Rooibos and Honeybush toasted wood chips; Stellenbrau’s Rooibos-blended lager; the Woodstock Gin Company’s Buchu and Rooibos-infused gin; and Rooibos tea kombucha – a natural tea fermentation, which has been perfected by Brew Kombucha. Larry Berger will also be hosting several masterclasses to promote his award-winning aperitif, the Spirit of Rooibos, which was first distilled in a steel water geyser. Berger thought it an ideal still to initially experiment with given his trade as a plumber.
Non-alcoholic beverages, such as Rooibos smoothies, Uber Flavour Brews – made from Rooibos and 100% fresh fruit juice, and Theonista’s top-quality Rooibos iced teas promise to be a hit among health-conscious visitors. Also on offer is a range of sugar-free, organic and unsulphured dried fruit and vegetables that have been rehydrated in Rooibos tea using an innovative process that has been patented by RedBushed Fruit, while meat-lovers are sure to salivate over Bay Biltong’s range of Rooibos flavoured cured meats.
Must-try beauty products include the popular ranges from Annique and African Extracts, as well as the all-natural skincare products, balms, soaps and foam baths from Red Cedar. Sanguru’s detox blend, called, Teatox, is also recommended for those suffering from bloatedness, gout and constipation. It’s also been touted as a great weight-loss product and includes only indigenous, organically grown hand-harvested Rooibos and other Karoo herbs.
The Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, who belong to a group of “Riel” dancers from Wupperthal, will this year again perform various dances that aptly reflect the culture and traditions of the people who come from the Cederberg region. See them in action on Sunday, April 29, at 1pm. A wide variety of loose leaf teas, beautiful teapots and accessories will also be for sale by The Tea Merchant.
Visitors to the Rooibos Experience at Root44 are encouraged to arrive early to make the most of the day as the venue can only accommodate 4000 people at any given time. Doors open from 9am to 4pm and entry is free.
* For more information about the Rooibos Experience, visit www.sarooibos.co.za or the SARC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rooiboscouncil/ for updates.