South Africans are happiest when they can combine good food (and especially a smorgasbord of locally produced cheese) with time spent with family and friends, and the 16th South African Cheese Festival offers exactly that. For three glorious autumn days, cheese lovers will once again converge at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch for their annual rendezvous with all things cheese.
As always, cheese remains the main focus of this popular festival. Cheese makers from all over the country bring their very best for visitors to taste and stock up on. Be sure to taste the artisan products of first-time exhibitors such as Chechil SA from Bloemfontein, Bettie Bok (West Coast), Milkwood (George) and many more.
Naturally one also needs such foodie goodies as quality wine or beer, freshly baked bread, meaty treats, sweet delights and of course great recipe ideas to perfect the feast.
Buy the widest variety of cheese in the Checkers Cheese Emporium, while the Checkers Food Market, a mini store, will further fill your basket. For lunch, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the Gourmet Lane. Be on the lookout for Exclusive Friday Specials (28 April) and new product launches throughout the festival.
Allow celebrity chefs Nataniël, Carmen Niehaus and others to entertain you with their food know-how in the new Agri-Expo Cooking Pot. Be entertained by cheese experts in the new Agri-Expo Cheesery and get an exclusive opportunity to meet some of the best cheese makers in South Africa. Stand a chance to own a brand new bakkie – your entry ticket* makes you eligible for the “Win a Chevrolet UTE Force Edition Bakkie” competition sponsored by Reeds Motor Group. *(terms & conditions apply)
The chefs of The Private Hotel School will demonstrate a range of specially developed recipe ideas using cheese and alternative niche products such as pomegranates, figs and persimmons in the Cape Made Kitchen (supported by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture). Do not miss the extensive programme taking place in the Standard Bank Tasting Room, including wine and cheese tasting sessions, a discovery of goats milk cheese with chef Pete-Goffe Wood, and a cheese and beer experience with master brewers Tim Godfrey and Stephan Lotz.
Live music by the ever-popular Kurt Darren (Friday 16:00 – 18:00) and BlackByrd (Sunday 16:00 – 18:00) will set your feet tapping. Hours of safe fun awaits the little ones in the Kiddies Corner. Test your creativity with the carving knife and create a masterpiece from cheese at the Ladismith Cheese Carving competition.
First Evet Connoisseurs Experience
Cheese aficionados, who crave a more intimate tryst with cheese and its makers, will do well to book for the unique Connoisseurs Experience for which only 100 daily tickets are available. This VIP ticket will elevate your experience and entitle you to such delights as an exclusive cooking demo with Nataniël, a special mozzarella and feta making demo with Leon the Milkman, a meet & greet opportunity with cheese makers, and a host of complimentary tastings and goodies. Also, enter an hour early via the VIP entrance, and make use of the VIP parking. Make sure you sidestep the happy crowds and enjoy cheese at your leisure.
Date: Friday, 28 April – Sunday, 30 April 2017 – 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Sandringham Farm, Stellenbosch (N1, turn-off exit 39 between Cape Town and Paarl)
Tickets: R160 per person, R100 Pensioners, Children 13 years and younger enter free of charge.
Tickets available from Computicket only, no tickets will be sold at the gates.