From 29 April to 2 May 2011 South African artisans present their delectable produce at the SA Cheese Festival at Sandrigham near Stellenbosch. This cheesy tradition now spans a decade and has lost none of its appeal to foodies and lovers of life. While cheese is still the star of the show, the festival offers a variety of treats and activities to please all tastes. So pack your kids, cooler box, picnic blanket and head to our beloved winelands for a day of culinary delights.
The winelands are a stretch of stunningly beautiful and fertile valleys. While South Africa’s wines have gained international reputation, the cheeses are nothing to sniff at either. The Cheese Festival offers all the traditional favourites from ricotta and brie to cheddar and Parmesan mixed with exclusive handcrafted cheeses, so make sure you come with an appetite.
Cheese Festival Features
The Checkers Cheese Emporium in the Dairy Square has all the cheesy flavours you could long for. Ten artisan cheese makers will present their handmade produce at the festival – a special treat to look out for. Also in the Dairy Square you will find foodie celebrities like Nataniël and renowned chefs preparing very special treats at the Checkers Living Table.
The Carnival Park proudly presents an international experience with the Bavarian stand offering delicious and hearty treats from Southern Germany. Make sure to try the Allgäu Mountain Cheese! Of course there is nothing better to accompany your cheese platter than a glass of South African Pinotage. With 18 wine stands you are sure to find a bottle to suit your taste.
The SA Cheese Festival is a great outing for the little ones as well. The Carnival Park has the popular Wilde Fruit Kiddies Corner where children can play under professional supervision. Even more exciting is the Meander, where young and old can discover firsthand, how dairy products make their way from the udder onto your plate.
For those arriving with a serious hunger the Waterfront has a range of food stands that is guaranteed to satisfy. Relax on the green lawn as you wash your meal down with a glass of wine or a cold beer. Is there a better way to spend the day?
Date: 29 April – 2 May 2011
Venue: Sandrigham near Stellenbosch (take the N1 towards Paarl)
Saturday or Sunday: R110
Friday or Monday: R90
Senior citizens: R70
Children 12 years and younger: free
More info: cheesefestival.co.za