In Cape Town, wine tasting is as much a tourist attraction as it is a past time, passion, and vocation for the locals. With a world-famous wine-growing region right on our doorstep, we don’t have to travel far to indulge; and yet, one special annual event has Capetonians jumping in their cars and driving straight past the R304 and R44 turn-offs in hot pursuit of beautiful wine and food.
It’s the Robertson SLOW Food & Wine Festival.
A Celebration of Food, Wine, and Local Adventure
The Robertson SLOW Food & Wine Festival (slowly made, slowly enjoyed) is hosted by the constellation of small towns – Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale, and McGregor – that compromise the Robertson Wine Valley, which lies about two hours east of Cape Town. Every year, on a weekend in early August, this sleepy valley erupts into a kaleidoscope of activity as locals and tourists alike arrive in their droves to steep in the celebration of wine, food, and local attractions, such as game viewing, horseback riding, and river cruises.
This year, the SLOW festival is taking place from the 4th to the 6th August 2017, and with an exquisite line-up of wineries, mouth-watering lunch and dinner packages, and thrilling outdoor adventures, the 11th annual event looks set to be the most extravagant ever. Wine estates such as Arendsig, Bon Courage, Bonnievale, Dewetshof, Excelsior, Graham Beck, Jan Harmsgat, Platform 62, and Weltevrede have melded the minds of their award-winning chefs and passionate winemakers to create gastronomically delightful packages that are an ode to our wine and food culture here in South Africa.
Enticing Packages and a Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse
Three-course gourmet meals with wine pairings, rustic country lunches, cooking classes, intimate candle-lit cellar dinners, river boat cruises with picnic baskets, underground cellar tours guided by the winemakers themselves, and wine tastings accompanied by traditional local fare, such as vetkoek, biltong, kudu, and olives… these are just to name a few of the indulgent experiences on offer at the Robertson SLOW Food & Wine Festival. And while these packages may be varied, they are underscored by two consistent themes: the celebration of South African wine (more specifically from the Robertson Wine Valley) and the use of local produce and food traditions to create exceptional country cuisine.
Check out the full weekend program here.
Another persistent theme at the SLOW festival is that it really promotes the interaction between the chefs, winemakers, and festival-goers in a comfortable and informal setting. This affords the layperson a rare glimpse into the art, science, and occasional magic that goes into each plate served and every bottle crafted on the wine farms.
The final day of the Robertson SLOW Food & Wine Festival features a Sunday Family market, which will be held from 10:00 to 14:00 on Klipdrift farm. This popular family attraction features a fresh produce market, as well as live music, kids’ activities, and the wine farm’s selection of wines and brandies.
Booking is Essential!
To preserve the integrity of the experiences on offer, each package has a limit on the number of people that can attend, so to avoid missing out, make sure you head on over to their website to book your tickets in advance.
For more information on the weekend programme, booking, and accommodation, go to www.robertsonslow.com or call 023 626 3167.