Think Quality. Drink Stellenbosch at the Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival

It might be winter but one of the best ways to experience the Winelands town of Stellenbosch is through their food and wine, of course.

And even better is by attending South Africa’s pinnacle festival; the Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival in the heart of it’s Town Hall in Plein Street; sparking in purple illuminate lights.

Stellenbosch Wine Route, in association with Nedbank Private Wealth, decided to bring the most anticipated festival back to appreciate the finest winemakers and renowned chefs for an ultimate culinary experience.

Richard Mulholland, Head of Nedbank Private Wealth, Coastal Region, commented why they the perfect partner for this festival:

“Just like the Stellenbosch Wine Routes strives to offer a globally distinctive experience for both locals and visitors, so too does Nedbank Private Wealth. We provide our clients with integrated local and global wealth management advisory services that include investment management, private banking, philanthropy, and insurance solutions, supported by a full range of world-class digital services and tools.”

With tickets priced at R500.00 per person, you might be thinking about what exactly did this festival offer at that price?

120 premium wine tastings from all the wine farms in the region categorised in various cultivars of your choice from Red, White and Cape Blends, Merlots, Sauvignon Blancs, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and so much more.

No matter which cultivar you have in your glass, they all paired with amazing canapés prepared by culinary heavyweights like Bertus Basson, George Jardine, Michael Deg, Maritz Jacob, Lucas Carstens, and Virgil Kahn.

The canapés prepared by each chef:

  • Michael Deg: Roasted Heirloom Beetroots, Carrot and Honey Purée, Homemade Lemon Ricotta, Green Apple, Sunflower Seeds, and Wood Sorrel
  • Bertus Basson: Mosaic of Ethically Sourced Fish, Seaweed Mousse, Foraged Land and Sea Herbs
  • Virgil Kahn: Venison Tartare with Ulva Emulsion, Puffed Sago, Miso Yaki, Fermented Mustard Greens, Pickled Shimeji, Crispy Onion, Crispy Garlic and, Sango Cress
  • George Jardine: Orange and Anise Scented Springbok Braise with Scotsman’s Pap
  • Lucas Carstens: Braised Lamb, Roasted Strawberry, Fermented Mushroom Powder
  • Maritz Jacob: Sticky Oxtail, Savoury Millet Risotto with Smoked Shallot Dressing

Every canapé station provided you with a suggested wine pairing so before heading to grab a bite, dash to the suggested cultivar station, fill your glass and indulge in a sensory experience.

Not every dish is everyone’s glass of wine but you certainly not left hungry. There’s a marvellous feasting table decked with artisanal cheeses, loaves of bread, seasonal fruits, delicious spreads, and so many more delectables.

Even more exciting is having the opportunity to chat with many of the winemakers who often aren’t seen when wine tasting at various wine estates.

The hall was packed with wine lovers, foodies and people who love to dance to live music played by Zamar; all in winter attire, therefore, making it the ideal festival to host during August.

Did we enjoy the festival? Yes, we did.

Will be attending again next year? We certainly will be there.

Make sure to follow Stellenbosch Wine Route pages for the next Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival because it’s surely not to be missed.

Until next time.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog

DISCLAIMER: This event invitation was sponsored and paid by Stellenbosch Wine Route. The information and images are my own. It’s written in good faith and will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of the websites.