Looking for a quick and easy mid-week meal that will wow your loved ones? Try Elmarie Berry’s super quick, and oh-so-easy recipe for Cheesy venison meatballs on Polenta. Served with an ice cold Abru Lager, this food and beer pairing is also a winning combination for a lazy weekend lunch with friends and family.

If you’re in Cape Town and want to discover even more interesting food and beer pairings don’t miss out on Capegate Shopping Centre’s 8th annual wine festival taking place 31 August and 1 September 2018. In addition to showcasing a wide variety of local wineries, this year’s event will also include local craft beer exhibitors for the first time. With over 20 wineries and craft beer breweries based in the Western Cape as well as a variety of food trucks, the festival is the ideal place to get a taste of Cape Town’s finest food, wine, and beers.

Cheesy Venison Meatballs on Polenta


1 Kg venison mince
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 onion finely chopped
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
250g grated cheddar cheese
Olive oil
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
Fresh sage leaves


Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
Mix all the ingredients except the tomatoes and sage.
Shape into balls.
Drizzle olive oil in an oven proof dish and pack the meatballs in the dish.
Pour the chopped tin tomatoes over and sprinkle with sage leaves.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Serve with polenta.

2018 Capegate Craft Beer & Wine Festival

The festival takes place at Capegate Shopping Centre, Entrance 6 on Friday 31 August (17:00 – 21:00) and Saturday 1 September (13:00 – 18:00). Tickets are available online from Webtickets at R75 per person or R90 at the door. Your entry ticket includes a coupon booklet, containing 20 tasting coupons. Festival goers can buy more coupons once their booklet is finished or a bottle of wine for on-premise consumption.

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