Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Biltong and Pinotage Festival at L'Avenir

This was the first time this festival had been held and, because it was such a huge success, selling out the 600 tickets allocated and in fact more than 200 more, they will definitely be repeating it. The good news for you up country is that they are going to take it to Johannesburg soon. All the Biltong was provided by Joubert and Monte and on payment of your entry fee of R150 you received a good wine glass (to keep), a book of 12 vouchers for small tasting portions of the different flavours of biltong and a small bamboo container in which to put the biltong. There was a good selection of excellent pinotages to taste, although we missed some of our favourites. You could buy a cheese and paté box from L’Avenir or Joubert & Monty had braais going and you could have a boerewors roll for R30, a chicken prego roll for R40 or the full tutti: a Rump steak platter for R70. We had a ball
Queuing for tickets
Biltong for sale at the Joubert & Monty stand
Pairing biltong with Pinotage, perhaps for the first time
The stands were busy but not too crowded
Most farms brought their pinotages, some also brought pinotage blends
One thing that needs a bit of a boost is more seating, some were happy to sit on the lawn, but only if there was shade
A view from across the dam
Remhoogte from across the road shared a stand with Lanzerac
The area outside the tasting room was very popular
If you could find a table, the restaurant area was popular. But some people did reserve tables while they were tasting, we didn’t think this was very fair. Circulate and come back later, give others a chance
Tables were dotted all over the lawns
Recent immigrants from the Eastern Cape, Tracy and Graham Cherrington having fun
On L’Avenir’s own stand, there was a steady stream of people wanting to taste their excellent pinotages
Good live music all day
You didn’t have to wait too long for a taste
Danie and Karen Steytler of Kaapzicht with Danie the 3rd on their table
L’Avenir’s first winemaker Francois Naude giving a taste of Rhebokskloof to his son Francois
Some happy lads from Sea Point with girls from Stellenbosch having fun
and an entire family was out for the day. Dad was getting refills for them
A series of guided tastings took place in the tasting room with Barend Barnard, Marketing Manager of L’Avenir
The girl on the round table was serving biltong in exchange for vouchers
Wine enthusiasts Goolam and Denise Essop
We arrived home to a 2½ hour power cut, otherwise known as Load Shedding. So we had some miso soup and some sushi from our favourite Chinese restaurant, Dynasty, by lamp and candle light
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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