Food & Drink

Winter Wine Events

It’s so tempting, when it’s cold, to stay huddled up in bed watching series and letting your leg hair grow longer than the coat of Shetland Pony (I’m speaking for the female readers).
I like Winter in South Africa for all of one week and then I get so fed-up of layering up and being unable to move my arms thanks to the amount of jumpers I’m forced to wear. But not this year, this year I have plans to keep away the chill by getting out and about….and doing it with wine and food, of course.
Join me and beat the cold with these great events.

The Winelands Chocolate Festival at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Chocolate is super good for you and an entire festival honoring this delicious substance is pretty magical.
You’ll be able to taste and purchase chocolates and confectionery from over 40 artisanal chocolatiers, patisseries and confectioners. There will be gourmet food available, craft beer and wine for when you’ve indulged in enough cocoa…if that’s even possible. It’s also a kid-friendly event with workshops and chocolate playtime for children.
When: Sat 20 Aug 2016 to Sun 21 Aug 2016
Tickets: Adults R120 – includes a wine glass | Kids under 6 are free
Buy tickets at the door or online at Webtickets
  | For more details, visit their website

Diemersfontein Pinotage-on-Tap 2016
This festival constantly gets raved about and was voted ‘World’s best wine event’ by Drinks International in 2014.
I am a huge fan of Pinotage and find that it’s very underrated which is why I enjoy going bananas at Pinotage-on-tap and sharing my love of SA’s own grape with other fans.
There will be live music from killer acts, lots of food and one of the best wine festival vibes.
When: Johannesburg  on the 20th of August |Durban the 24th of September | Diemersfontein Estate in Wellington on the 29th of October.
Tickets: Joburg – R435; Durban – R380; Cape Town – R435
For more information, visit the Diemersfontein Facebook and Twitter pages and their website

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase
Fancy trying some rare individually crafted wines with creative flair and great diversity? Of course you do! Get yourself to the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase held at the CTICC and talk all things wine with the Guild members.
When: To be held in Cape Town on Thursday, 18 August
Tickets: R250 per person, includes a Spiegelau tasting glass
Tickets can be purchased via

Hermanus wine & Food Festival
With 65 producers offering over 200 wines for tasting, you will be absolutely spoilt for choice at this top rated festival. Expect delicious Chardonnays and an array of stellar Pinot Noirs…Oh, and great craft beer too. Food, live music and a special supervised activity center for kids make this a must.
When: 6, 7 and 8 August 2016
Tickets: Entry to the venue is R50 per person and to enter the Wine Arena is R100 per person
For more information, visit this website


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