October 29, 2012 by leighnewlands
Unfortunately, I could only make a brief visit to this festival but after all that I heard about the festival, I was determined to make a visit regardless. With the parking lot filling up, we were pointed quite far away from the entrance as there was just no space closer. This however was a pleasing sign of the amount of visitors that were attending the event on Saturday. Also, Cape Town and its weather decided to play its part and come out, sunshine ablazing so to have a nice walk, surrounded by vineyards and sunshine to the entrance of the festival, no matter how far, it was pleasant.
We did pass a few restaurants and people havng picnics though but couldn’t find the entrance to the market so that was a tick on “Secret” festival – eventually though we followed the hoards of people and found the entrance.
This fesitval was a weekend event that explored the latest food and wine trends. On arrival, when purchasing tickets we were given a wine glass each of which we used to taste the wines at various stands. The other aim of this market was “secrets of all kinds would be revealed” – from secret ingredients and family recipes to South Africa’s best kept wine secret, Chenin Blanc.
The festival included art installations, presentations, workshops, tastings, a mini cookbook fair, the Saturday food and wine market and a braai-off on the Sunday.
At the market, we decided what a better event to get lunch at and explore new options. For lunch, we tackled a Waymenels sandwich. “Waymenels – a place of laughter and joy where people share in the delight of 100% grass-fed hot salted beef sandwiches; luxurious, generous and rustic made-to-order sandwiches with a dollop of mustard and pickle to boot. undeniably mouthwatering but also planet friendly SLOW food.” Synonyms for this joint: Meeting place; Home-from-Home; Welcoming; Satisfying; Good, honest food and vibe; All ours. It was delicious!
As we proceeded down the line of stalls, we couldn’t help but catch our eye on the stand FULL of cucpakes. Queen of Tarts. Cupcakes and tarts that were beautifully decorated and created to perfection. Here we walked away with a lemon meringue tart and a rolo tart – YES, a tart made from the chocolate Rolos. The amount of caramel that oozed out of that was heavenly!
With that being our lunch and desert sorted, we continued walking with drinks being the next thing on our checklist. HOWEVER, one place caught our eye as we were welcomed by a friendly and bubbly stall seller, Milk & Cookies. They had cookies made in the shape of moustaches in support of MOvember as well as crisps covered in chocolate! We were then introduced to two types of cookies on the table: one that consisted of chocolate and schmors and the other with peanut butter, chocolate and M&Ms. We pretty much were torn between both so ended up taking one of each home. The thought of tea time later that day was far from boring!
We finally arrived at our last destination for the day, Sir Juice. A company that is now a independent entity owned by three brothers from Kwa-Zulu Natal and a lady by the name of Vijay Loosen, Sir Juice supplies to many top restaurants, hotels and coffee shops in South Africa with their premiumly delicious fruit juice.
The juice is blended to such an extent that you almost feel like you are eating the actual fruit itself. The lady at the stand was beyond helpful and friendly and just about wanted to give me these drinks for free – however, they deserved some reward of which I could only give money towards so I made sure I did so. We ordered their bottled mango juice as well as freshly made strawberry juice with mint infusion – that for us was a winner!
On such a stunning day, nothing was better than surrounding ourselves with good food and wine. I highly recommend this festival again next year for anyone, regardless if you’re interested in food and wine or not – because I guarantee, once you’ve visited this festival, you will become hooked instantly!
Queen of Tarts: www.queenoftarts.co.za
Milk and Cookies: www.milkandcookiessa.wordpress.com
Sir Juice: http://www.sirjuice.co.za/