Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Good Food and Wine Show

We spent the morning at this exhibition and were amazed to see the lack of the large food conglomerates and supermarkets, the increase in small good producers and so much charcuterie. We tasted lots of it, all good except some really dodgy looking red hot dogs and frankfurters we saw being sold. Avoided all the pastries and confectionery and spend some time and some money in the wine area. We were delighted to find that Baleia Bay whose Chardonnay won the trophy for the Discovery of the Show last week at the Old Mutual Trophy Awards. We tasted it and immediately bought a case. It is very lean and crisp and entirely to our taste. We also tasted their Pinot Noir and so another case was purchased. This has to wait a while but is full of red berries and elegance. We enjoyed it.
The food truck area where you could buy something to eat and sit down
Prices were in line with what we’d expect to pay in the usual markets
Some good sausages to taste
There were lots of cooking demonstrations to watch in the theatre with invited celebrity chefs
James Kielczynski with his new variety of a home pizza oven next to great macaroons
Australia’s Masterchef winner Emma Dean signing copies of her book
How to pack a giant bottle of Kanonkop Cabernet for export. This bottle contains 18 litres of wine and is called a Melchior, named for one of the Three Kings in the Bible. Most of the extra large wine bottles are named after characters from ancient Middle Eastern history
We met Leon Ehlers and Ayama wines
Rob Munro and Mark Herd (of Sunset Beach Wines) on the VinOAir stand
KWV had a double stand
Christine Vosloo, Lourenza Britz and Marili de Swardt - pretty promotion staff on the Vrede en Lust stand
We reconnect with La Bourgogne from Franschhoek, we visited there last year
Issy Mabaso and Inge Schreuder
Sunny Derschug and Ilse Elton, old friends selling extra good German sausages on this stand. You will find them each weekend at the Biscuit Mill and at a kiosk in St Georges Mall during the week
Jenny (Giggling Gourmet) and David Morris with a friend, Roxanne Khan, enjoying the show
Principal Rebecca Hurst at the Hurst Campus stand with working students. It is, in our estimation, one of the best culinary academies in the country.
Chef Pete Ayub of Sense of Taste doing a demonstration on the Braun stand
Not going there. A scorpion lolly. John was interested, Lynne repelled.
You could try lots of insects, if you are brave or foolish enough, with Nathalie Leblond on Rentokil's Pestaurant stand
Another friend, Pesto Princess
And more friends, still at the Old Biscuit Mill on Saturdays - Terry Townsend, Steven Jeffery, his wife Kaylene and the gang with their Charcuterie
They make superb filled rolls. You will find them this weekend at Hartenberg’s Shiraz and Charcuterie Festival.
It was this big! Really..
We meet Penny Streeter OBE, the new owner of Benguela Cove winery, and promise to visit soon
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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