Ask any cheese lover and they will tell you that cheese improves the flavour of life. Of course, we’re not talking about that overly processed stuff, we’re talking real Fromage. So, if you’re looking to add a whole lot of flavour to your weekend then it’s time you bought your tickets to this year’s SA Cheese Festival in Cape Town. Trust us, it’s going to be a cracker of a day and judging from last year’s endless display of cheeses, wines, and other tasty bites you’ll no doubt leave with a full tummy and a happy heart. Here are 4 reasons not to miss the South African Cheese Festival 2017.
There will be LOTS of cheese
Cheese lovers can look forward to a collection of more than thirty tonnes of cheese! Of course, cheese is the focus of the festival and visitors can taste and buy the widest variety of cheese, from well-known types like cheddar, gouda and feta to the more exotic, hand-made boutique- and artisanal cheeses in the Checkers Cheese Emporium. And that’s not all – the range of cheese is further extended with national and international cheese brands available in the Checkers mini store. Chat to the cheese makers about their unique products or visit the Milk Factory, where the cheese making process starts. There’s no doubt about it this festival is the ultimate cheese lover’s treat.
And, plenty of wine to go along with it
Some of SA’s best wineries will be peddling their wares at the festival and tasting is FREE! We suggest you make a bee-line for the PLACE IN THE SUN Fairtrade Wines stall where you can sample and buy the full PLACE IN THE SUN Fairtrade wine range consisting of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Unwooded Chardonnay. Plus, if you #FindYourSpot at their stall you could stand a chance to win a bottle of your favourite wine.
What is a spot? A place, which may or may not physically exist, which brings great joy or pleasure. Festival goers can also increase their knowledge of wine with wine tasting sessions presented by the Chenin Blanc Association and Shiraz SA.
You will leave feeling stuffed
In addition to the incredible variety of cheese and wine on offer, The Agri-Expo Mall will offer festival goers an enjoyable shopping experience with a variety of alternative products to choose from. Here you can sample and buy tasty eats and treats including olives, freshly baked breads, crackers, and anything else you can think of that goes well with cheese. There will also be loads of new product offerings to discover from local producers and brands. When it comes to chowing down, The SA Cheese Festival definitely won’t disappoint and once you are done sampling everything chances are you won’t have space left to think about buying something from The Gourmet Lane. With a scrumptious selection of food, this area is where you’ll find something to satisfy hungry customers who’ve had enough of bite-sized samples.
There’s fabulous entertainment to keep you occupied
When you aren’t tasting cheese you can enjoy the incredible line-up of entertainment at the festival. The festival offers a full entertainment programme for foodies and music lovers alike. Including music performances by the likes of Al Bairre, Blackbyrd, Bev Scott-Brown Quartet, Undercover, Absolutely Fab and Late Final. Foodies will want to head to the Checkers Theatre to catch Nataniël, Jenny Morris, Herman Lensing and Jody Theodore in action as they present mouth-watering dishes with only the best quality cheese, meat and wine. The new Cape Made Kitchen, by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, will also present a series of culinary food demonstrations with cheese and alternative niche products such as pomegranates, figs, persimmons.
The SA Cheese Festival takes place from 28 – 30 April 2017 in Stellenbosch. Saturday tickets are sold out but tickets for the rest of the weekend are available from Computicket, Shoprite or Checkers stores at R150 per person. Senior citizens pay R100 and children 13 years and younger enter free. No tickets will be available at the gates. The festival times are from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. Sandringham is conveniently located next to the N1, Stellenbosch turnoff 39, between Cape Town and Paarl. Click here for more information.