Visitors to the 17th SA Cheese Festival will not only taste cheese and see master chefs in action but can also create cheese masterpieces themselves. A ticket to this award-winning festival, over the Freedom Day long weekend (Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April), promises a taste experience of local and international cheeses, artisan and gourmet products as well as selected wines.
Interactive food theatres
Celebrity chefs galore will cook up a storm in the three food theatres at the SA Cheese Festival. Jenny Morris (The Giggling Gourmet), Kamini Pather (MasterChef SA winner), The Food Alchemist Pete Goffe-Wood (Master Chef and Ultimate Braai Master Judge), Carmen Niehaus and Leon the Milkman will entertain guests in the Agri-Expo Cooking Pot. Herman Lensing (Friday), Zola Nene (Saturday) and Johnny Hamman (Sunday) will oversee food demonstrations in the Cape Made Kitchen, in partnership with the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. In the Standard BankTasting Room specialist presenters will treat visitors to cheese pairings with unique combinations including South Africa’s Top Ten Chenin Blanc wines, craft beer and a variety of teas.
Would you like to show off your cooking flair? Amateur chefs are invited to enter their water-wise recipes with President cheese for the #YourWheyWithCheese Cook-off in partnership with Heart FM. Jenny Morris and co-judges Kamini Pather and Sihle Ngobese will choose the Top 30, who will cook off at Jenny Morris’ ChefsPlayground Cooking School in Cape Town on Saturday 17 March, and the Top 15 onSaturday 7 April. Four finalists will cook off at the SA Cheese Festival, two on Friday 27 April, two on Saturday 28 April, with the final Cook-off on Sunday 29 April. Visit www.cheesefestival.co.za/competitions before Saturday 10 March to enter. Prizes include a four-week cooking course with Jenny Morris and a two-day cheese-making course with Leon the Milkman.
Cheese carving and live music
There will be great prizes and of course some delicious cheese to be won in the Ladismith Cheese-carving competition, that takes place daily at Blossom’s Gazebo. At the Stellenbosch Vineyards Music Gazebo, Cheese Festival goers will be treated to the sounds of popular artists Nic Stevens (Friday), Die Wildberries and Kurt Darren (Saturday), as well as old favourites by Absolutely Fabulous, Sincere Swing, Under Cover and Bev Scott Brown and SHIM SHAM.
Cheese aficionados, who crave a more intimate tryst with cheese and foodies, will do well to book for the exclusive Connoisseurs’ Experience. This tailormade package (at R850 per person) will entitle you to delights that only the Connoisseurs (limited to 100 persons per day) can experience, including VIP parking and entrance, an exclusive Jenny Morris show, a cheese-making demonstration by Leon the Milkman, a President-curated cheese platter and more.
Date, time and ticket details
The SA Cheese Festival takes place from Friday, 27 April to Sunday, 29 April 2018 at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. Tickets are available at any Computicket outlet, Shoprite or Checkers store at R180 per person per day. Senior citizens pay R120 and children between 2 years and 13 years pay R20 per person per day. No tickets will be sold at the gates. The festival times are from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. Sandringham is conveniently located next to the N1, Stellenbosch turn-off (exit 39), between Cape Town and Paarl.
The SA Cheese Festival has just once again been awarded Best Consumer Exhibition by AAXO (African Association of Exhibition Organisers). Visit www.cheesefestival.co.za, contact Agri-Expo on tel 021-975 4440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. For competition details and programme highlights, follow the SA Cheese Festival on Facebook (Cheese Festival), Twitter (@SACheeseFest) and Instagram (sacheesefest).