By Barbara Hollands
BUFFALO City wine lovers have been enjoying the fruits of the wine route without having to travel from farm to farm. Almost 40 wine estates are represented at this year’s East London Food and Wine Fair at the Beacon Bay Country Club and this year visitors have also been enjoying gourmet cooking demonstrations and receiving tips about wine and food pairing.
The annual Food and Wine Fair, which started on Thursday evening and ends at 9.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) night, has been a highlight of East London’s social calendar for 14 years and in March next year organisers Tri-Skye Corporate Communications will also stage the Food and Wine Fair in PE.
“The show has been doing so well in East London that the wine estates have been asking us to take it to PE,” said Tri-Skye owner Taryne Smith. “They know we put on a good show so they will follow us there.”
Smith said a full mock kitchen had been built at the Beacon Bay Country Club, where East London chefs from local restaurants have been giving demos of how to cook with fresh seasonal produce and how to pair wines with food. At 6pm tomorrow night visitors can learn how to make mushroom risotto in a cooking demonstration presented by Two Dogs Bistro chefs who will pair their dish with the correct estate wine.
Peckish wine tasters can fill up on wraps, sushi, curry and rice and as well as coffee and cake provided by a variety of on-site restaurants. “This year we have introduced the food lovers market to the show where visitors can sample and buy some of South Africa’s best delicatessen gourmet foods,” said Smith. These include deli meats and cheeses, olive oil, chilli sauces and biltong.
Tomorrow’s Food and Wine Fair begins at 2pm and ends at 9.30pm. Tickets cost R120pp (this includes a wine tasting glass), and are available from Preston’s at the following liqour stores: Beacon Bay, Vincent, Gonubie and Stirling.