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May 09, 2011

Delicious dishes and drinks at Taste of Cape Town

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Photo by Deon Gurling

Hundreds of gourmet-loving Capetonians flocked to the fourth annual Taste of Cape Town festival at the Green Point Cricket Club from Thursday 2 May to Sunday 5 May. With plenty of white-tented stalls serving the most mouth-watering dishes and beverages, there was more than enough to whet everyone’s appetites.

From the tasty paella served at the Signal Restaurant at the Cape Grace stall to the irresistible milk tart milkshake served as dessert at the La Mouette stand and the delectable wines from the Thelema, Jordan and Steenberg wine estates, the festival was truly a gastronomic journey.

Bos Tea, the latest ice tea kid on the block, made sure everyone’s thirst was sufficiently quenched with their delicious and unusual cocktails, while the music and ice-cold beers at the Grolsch stand were huge crowd pleasers.

Signature dishes like the ones created by Stefan Marais of Societi Bistro take considerable effort to create. That’s why it was such a pleasure to see him compete against the ladies of Fresh Living magazine in a tense cook-off at the Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre on Thursday evening.

Hosted by über handsome actor Charles Tertiens, the cook-off required each of the competing teams to create as many dishes as they could in 30 minutes using only four key ingredients. What can one make from cabbage, leeks, venison and tiger prawns?

The teams were quite creative, but ultimately it was Stefan with his four stunning dishes, including a tasty kiwi and chocolate combo for dessert, who won the cook-off with deafening applause from the audience.

Those interested in being the ultimate cooks could try their hand at creating their own canapés at the Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience and from where I stood, it looked like they were enjoying themselves.

French, Thai, Italian, African and more… it was served with flourish at the Taste of Cape Town festival. I can’t wait for next year’s lip-smacking event!

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