Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Taste of Cape Town 2013 wrap up

I had so much fun at this year's Taste of Cape Town food and wine festival. I managed to go on two days (Friday and Saturday), as there is so much to taste it's hardly possible to do it all in one session.
Here are a series of photographs showcasing how it went...

Terrence and Bubbles introduced me to some lovely organic Waverley Hills wines

The Bain's Whisky bar was a fun spot, with canapes and pretty promo girls adding to the attraction

Hermanuspietersfontein winery had some great red blends

The Lindt chocolate stand made incredible lindt hot chocolate to combat the chilly evening and, of course, there were tons of truffles and lindt balls on offer

I absolutely love the Waverley Hills organic Viognier, Semillon, Chardonnay blend

Daniela's Macarons came in a variety of flavours

Ernie Els wines - loved the 2010 Proprietor's Blend

tarts and cupcakes from Queen of Tarts – their chocolate cupcakes were to die for!

Locally made vodka and Lemoncello – the chilli-infused vodka has major WOW factor

New product find: Jorgensen's Distillery are now making bitters. Try the Buchu Bitters for a South African twist
Dawn and I were flashing bottles of Primitiv vodka to passersby.

The dishes from The Brasserie: French onion soup with Gruyere croute, West Coast mussels with tomato and chilli and the best of all was the scoth egg with smoked paprika aioli

Loved the Wildekrans Shiraz

Thin slices of line fish with spring onions and ginger, drizzled with hot sesame oil & finished with a soy reduction and wasabi mayonnaise from 96 Winery Road restaurant - yum yum!

Checking out the risotto from 96 Winery Road behind the scenes

incorrigible... What a way to end Friday night!
Duck, edamame bean, five spice, potpourri risotto from De Grendal

My tasting partners in crime

'Message in a Bottle' dish from the pop-up restaurant: The Boat House

The De Grendal wine guys were quite generous with their tastings...

Oyster shucking at The Boat House restaurant pop-up stand

Loving the Linguine with prawns, rocket, roasted pine nuts and cherry tomatoes
tossed in olive oil, garlic and chilli – from Il leone Mastrantonio

And another great dish from Il Leone: Flash-fried calamari with homemade tartar sauce

Fyndraai Restaurant served up (from top): Venison Wild Rosemary Pie With onion marmalade and sweetcorn salsa; a Tiger Prawn & Calamari Breyani with citrus buchu flavours (which was delish!) and a Karoo "lams sout-ribbetjie"
Braised with wild herbs & served wild garlic potato custard

The Sophie 'Le Rouge' red blend was great

Royal Thai Quail Curry Quail lollipop, lemongrass gnocchi, grilled pineapple pearls from Savour Restaurant at
15 on Orange Hotel

Asara served up gourmet burgers paired with matching wines from the estate. The foi gras and
cranberry burger went well with the rose and the mushroom truffle burger was excellent with the red

Societi Bistro's legendary mushroom risotto rounded off the night well! I'm drooling just thinking about it!

The last activity of the night included learning how to make some simple,
but tasty canapes at the Pick n Pay Wine and Canape experience

Here's what chef Tjart taught us to make at the Wine and Canape experience theatre. From left: roast tomato, basil pesto tart, beef cube dunked in Japanese mayonnaise with micro herbs and baby raddish and a raspberry cheesecake. Each canape was paired with a different white wine

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