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March 29, 2010

Taste of Cape Town

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Photo provided by the Greenhouse Restaurant

The Taste of Cape Town food festival organisers promised a more delicious and stylish event than ever before and they delivered just that. From the Grolsch bar, to the divine Johnnie Walker stand with whisky tastings, to the Checkers Wine Route event arena’s elegant lounges, the event epitomised class.

And, of course, the food on offer was delicious! My starter was the flavourful and affordable mushroom empanadas, from the Cape Colony restaurant at The Mount Nelson Hotel, paired with a glass of Boschendal Chardonnay Pinot Noir. This was followed by a Confit Kroondal duck leg with pomegranate celeriac and walnut and duck crumble from Jardine.

Decadent desserts? I couldn’t possibly choose just one, so I had three. The white chocolate berry fool from Reuben’s – a very smart choice – followed by a chocolate calzone with a white chocolate vodka shot from The Restaurant at Grande Provence and my favourite; the vanilla and lime panna cotta with fruit salad from the Cape Colony.

This year’s event was also extremely family friendly. We had a number of kids, including a toddler, in our group of friends and the Kiddies Zone was great for them.  For just R20, you could accompany your child into the fun park.  Fifty rand (R50) bought attentive supervision for your little one, along with face painting, candy floss and animal balloons. We spread out a picnic blanket close to the Kiddies Zone and with a relay system in place for child care and food shopping, even stressed mums had a relaxing, gourmet day out.

We enjoyed a glass of Pongrácz with the Cape Colony restaurant’s chef, Rudi Liebenberg, and his family after the cook-off. His take on the event, as an exhibitor: “We are very happy to be part of Taste of Cape Town. It is awesome to see all the new faces you could be seeing in your restaurant and also the familiar faces that stop by with a compliment or kind greeting. I have done a few Taste events now, but have enjoyed Cape Town and this Sunday, in particular, the most.”

Before heading home I spent my last crowns, the festival currency, at the Small Producers Market, on sundried tomato and chilli chutney and a selection of fudge.

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