Bubbling over with champagne

Bubbling over with champagne

Gone are the days when champagne was only for very special occasions. I have noticed that people order bubbly in my restaurant simply because they like it. In fact, just the other day someone ordered a champagne float: you know, like a coke float and this is how we made it to the customer’s specifications.

Champagne Float


1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Sparkling wine or champagne



Place the ice cream into a tall glass and top up with champagne, garnish with a cherry. Simplicity itself.

I prefer my bubbly on its own in a flute, but to each their own. So, if you enjoy bubbly, take yourself along to The Bubbly Festival: Champagne & Bubbly, to be held at the prestigious and upmarket Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville on Saturday, October 27. They invite one and all to join “the bubbly passion” and experience a fabulous day out as you sip on some of the finest international and local Champagnes and MCC’s. Follow them on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheBubblyFestivalChampagneandBubbly/) to get updates on the exclusive range that will be on offer for your tasting pleasure.

It promises to be a great day out, so why don’t you join the fun and dress to impress in a striking gold and white outfit with a touch of green to stand a chance to win the best dressed competition. Courtney Cousins House of Fashion will be at the event wowing attendees with her bespoke designer clothes modelled by beautiful ladies throughout the day.

Add some sizzle and pizzazz to your look while you’re in Durbanville. There will be a fully kitted Glam Bar onsite to make sure that you are glammed, glitzed and ready to go. Need a touch of gold added to your make-up, eyelash extensions or hair accessories? They will have it all there for you. Upload your photos from the photo booth so everyone can see how fabulous you look! The winner of this year’s competition will win a bottle of Diamante Classique Quarter Carat Rose 2012 valued at R14000. The inclusion of a genuine diamond in every bottle of bubbly makes this a moment that is set to last forever. The diamonds are sealed in the bottle within a teardrop shaped glass pendant, which effortlessly pours out with the last glass of bubbly. Diamonds and Champagne are, as they say, a girl’s best friends.

This picturesque 300-year old wine estate provides the perfect backdrop to host The Bubbly Festival: Champagne & Bubbly. A 30 x 60 aluminium frame, all-weather marquee has been erected to overlook the Durbanville Valley, offering panoramic views from all angles. The grass is growing and the lush landscaped lawns surround the tent. Free parking will be available within easy access to the venue and in support of the Drive Alive Campaign, the organisers will have Uber/Taxify on standby in the area.

There will be a wide selection of gourmet vendors to cover all palate requirements as well as a Sabrage performed by a well-known wine maker. Music will be played by a popular DJ when the bands are taking a rest and a full bar service will be on offer.

This will be a cashless event this year and the organisers will be making use of cashless wristbands that can be purchased on arrival and loaded with spending funds. Funds can also be preloaded via a secure website prior to the event and top-up stations will be available to add further funds if required. Any funds that are not used can be claimed via the website and will be reimbursed to the client.

Tickets are selling out fast so rally your girls around and book yours now. You don’t want to miss out on the “bubbliest” event of the year.

Book now via www.quicket.co.za to stand a chance to win a Diamante Classique Quarter Carat Blanc worth R14000 to be handed out to the lucky ticket holder on the day.

Festivities will kick off at 11am and last until 8pm.

General entrance tickets are R360 and include:

* Access to seated and shaded area and live entertainment

* 5 free tastings

* 1 branded Champagne Flute

VIP tickets are R595 (limited to 400) and include:

* Access to a VIP area

* 5 free tastings

* 1 Cool De Sac wine cooler

* 1 branded Champagne flute

* 1 glass of Champagne

* Selection of canapes

* Access to waitress

No under 18’s