15December2017

Get your culinary fix at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival

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A multitude of wines will share the spotlight with all things culinary when the 10th annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival dons its apron for an epicurean extravaganza from 28 to 31 July at the Paul Roos Centre.

Embracing the marriage of good food and wine, the Stellenbosch Wine Festival has teamed up with local restaurants to showcase and share their signature dishes with food and wine lovers - all under one roof in the Gourmet Lane.

These flavoursome restaurants who will each whip up their own food and wine pairing experience, include three fabulous winery restaurants - Knorhoek Estate's Towerbosch Earth Kitchen, known for its enchanting, old fashioned culinary bliss; The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne which prides itself in world food with an earthy sophistication; and the magnificently appointed restaurant at Waterkloof Estate. Completing the culinary quartet is De Volkskombuis, one of the oldest restaurants in Stellenbosch, which will lend proudly South African charm to the Gourmet Lane.

The Clover Demo Kitchen where local chefs will be cooking up a storm is a must for festival goers who want to unleash their inner master chef. This year's demo menu includes Home Entertaining at its Best by Camilla and Russell Wasserfall and De Meye Wines; Between the Slices - when wine personalities Emile Joubert and Neil Pendock will wow you with their somewhat quirky personalities, knowledge and exciting sarmie combinations;and Kitchen Vixen - featuring Bianca du Plessis, popular food writer, television personality and Pinot Noir lover.

George Jardine of The Restaurant at Jordan says Cheese if you Please while Gregory Czarnecki of The Restaurant at Waterkloof celebrates his French Connection with the farm's award winning wines. Official Festival chef, Craig Cormack of Sofia's restaurant at Morgenster, who is also known as a salt alchemist will round off the weekend with his Alchemy of Salt† crusade, during which he will pair salts from around the world with Fleur du Cap Wines.

Tickets to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival range from R120 per person per day for online bookings through webtickets or R140 at the door, to R350 for the Golden Pass for the entire festival. The entry fee to the opening of the festival, an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs Evening from 16h00 till 21h00 on Thursday, 28 July, is R160 per person for online bookings or R180 at the door and includes gourmet delights.