While the blustery wet winter may be a far cry from the long blissful days of summer in the Western Cape, it does provide the perfect excuse to indulge in the hearty Cape Town luxury of connoisseur comfort food, belly-warming red wines and filling artisan bakes.
This year you can put in some practice before the season gets into full swing at the Soup, Sip and Bread Feast taking place in the Durbanville Wine Valley from 3 to 5 June. This valley has been warming the cockles of Cape Towner’s hearts for the last 5 years and promises a wealth of winter warmers once again this year.
Located just 20 minutes from the city centre, the Durbanville wine route is only a hop, skip and a jump away from your Cape Town accommodation if you are on holiday, and comprises twelve established wine farms, just waiting to show off their produces.
The annual feast is a laid-back affair featuring soups, gumbos and chowders from around the world – with wines to match, and with each wine farm seemingly trying to outdo the next when it comes to what’s on the menu.
While the 2016 programme is still under wraps at present, you can keep an eye on the Durbanville Facebook page or their website to stay in the know and plan ahead. The organisers have promised to publish a schedule any day now.
Let’s have a look at what was dished up last year in anticipation of what we have to look forward to this June in the Durbanville Wine Valley. You will soon discover that these are not your ordinary cups of soup and a far cry from the polystyrene-clad specimens of your school tuck-shop days.
Some of the treats on offer from participating wineries in 2015 included:
- Handcrafted smoked hake chowder and ostrich neck ‘bourguignon’ at The Diemersdal Farm Eatery.
- Charcuterie tastings and a 3-course spread at Klein Roosboom including French Onion Soup and Chunky Tomato and Meatball Soup.
- Chunky winter beef broth and Creamy mushroom and thyme soup at Signal Gun.
- Delicious soup and wine pairings involving gourmet recipes and award-winning wines.
- Side dishes and garnishes with baguettes, rosemary focaccia, farm breads and artisan cheeses.
- Visiting chefs from Cape Town’s top eateries.
- Lashings of wine, both red and white, and loads of welcome drinks.
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