This weekend saw the Pick 'n Pay Food and Wine festival kicking off in full swing with hundreds of patrons passing through the gates for the 3-day event.
I was more than happy to collect my free crystal wine glass upon entry and head out to taste a variety of Savignon Blancs from local wineries including Groot and Klein Constantia, Cape Vineyards and Eagle's Nest. Of course a number of other wine's flowed freely but I wasn't too keen on the infamous afternoon hangover. I must say I've become a fan of the light organic wines without the sulphers. If you're looking for something light and without the heady aftermath, try organic!
On the food front, delicious Brakwurst rolls flew off the counters with other favourites such as rohak, sushi, shortbread, cheese pastries, oysters, gourmet curries, biltong, soups, salads and meaty sarmies.
The kids were also fairly well attended to at the play area which consisted of a jungle gym, sliding cars and a ball pit. And of course, they had roaming fields and valleys to play in. Some 'built cakes' made of sand which got stuck in the paint left on their skin and hair from the art expressions tent.
After a regretable hour or two in the sun, a handsome driver shuttled us back to our car, wine glasses in hand. The only shortfalls; the bathrooms, and an uncomfortable ratio of children to playthings.
All in all, the Constantia Food and Wine Festival was a fantastic event in absolutely idyllic scenery.
Written by: Kerry Beetge
Image: O'Neil Schutte