If you’re in the Cape over the Heritage Day long weekend (yes, I know Friday is a work day, but really, who’ll be working?) there is plenty to do eats and drinks wise.
Webersburg Wine Estate: Art and Dine Experience 23 & 24 September 2015
Indulge in a journey through fine art, food and wine at Webersburg Wine Estate’s Art & Dine Experience on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September. A Heritage Day with a difference, Webersburg’s wine cellar will be transformed into an art gallery hosting fine art and sculpture from the Art on Church gallery in Stellenbosch, accompanied by live contemporary music, and followed by a three-course food & wine pairing led by Webersburg’s chef and winemaker. At R400 per person, there are two slots available – a dinner starting at 19h00 on 23 September, and a lunch from 12h30 on Heritage Day, 24 September. Tickets are available via Quicket, and booking is essential. For more information, phone 021 881 3636 or visit their website.
Hartenberg Wine Estate: Alchemy Wines Hamburger Cook Off, 24 September 2015
Looking for some fab fun on Heritage Day? Then head on over to Hartenberg Wine Estate on the outskirts of Stellenbosch because it’s time for this year’s Alchemy Best Home Cooked Burger Competition. The six finalists in the Alchemy Wines Hartenburger competition will battle it out on the day to impress you with their best burgers. The winning burger will be featured on Hartenberg’s Taste at Hartenberg menu for the year.
Hartenberg’s very own mouth-watering, signature grass-fed Waygu beef burger will also be available. Tickets cost R150 per person and include entry, two burgers as well as two glasses of Alchemy wines of your choice. The fun starts at 11am and visitors can look forward to the cook off, live music as well as a wine tasting. Tickets are limited and can be purchased by contacting Hartenberg on their website or calling 021 865 2541.
Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, 26 & 27 September 2015
Join Franschhoek wineries as they open their doors for the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival on 26 and 27 September.
What better way to celebrate your heritage than over a glass of Franschhoek wines, selected by the winemakers, paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame as Franschhoek prepares to Braai4Heritage.
A whopping 21 wine estates are taking part in this fabulous festival in one of my favourite places in the Cape. Your Uncorked Weekend Pass, which costs R120 per person, allows you access to the participating farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings. Pre-book through www.webtickets.co.za to avoid disappointment.
For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit their website.
Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate: Annual Protea Party, 26 September 2015
The setting is a marquee, erected on the lawns of the Anthonij Rupert Tasting room, where you will dine under the stars with the majestic Drakenstein Mountains as your backdrop.
Make your way to the Estate by 18:30 pm to take advantage of the sun setting over the Franschhoek valley where you’ll be welcomed with a thirst quenching Protea Rosé cocktail.
A harvest-style Winelands feast of fresh seasonal ingredients from the Franschhoek valley follows. A variety of delicious snacks, including skewers of roasted and marinated vegetables, beef empanadas & venison Carpaccio with rocket will kick off the feast. Slow roasted pork belly takes centre stage, served with roasted apples and a variety of other delicious accompaniments.
Round off your evening by indulging in the delectable treats on offer at the dessert station, which includes gourmet cupcakes as well as an ice cream bar with all the toppings. Then work off your dessert on the dance floor with live music provided by the popular rocking Newton band before heading home. Tickets cost R450 per person, including food, wine and live entertainment. Booking is essential as seating is limited. For reservations call 021 874 9041, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.