Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival at the Sandton Sun in May
Borne from the vine, distilled to perfection and crowned by the world, South African brandy has no equal. Celebrating South Africa’s iconic elixir, the Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival is a unique, all-brandy event taking place from 5 to 7 May 2010 at the Sandton Sun. Now in its third year, the Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival is an initiative by the South African Brandy Foundation in sponsorship with Standard Bank, providing a sophisticated showcase where visitors can experience the triumphs of the country’s distillers.
Themed ‘South African Brandy: the world’s finest’, the festival opens the door to the local brandy industry’s continued achievements on the world stage. Bringing together all who share a passion for this treasured drink, connoisseurs and budding brandy enthusiasts will mingle with major distillers, multi-award winning brandy masters and smaller, single-estate brandy makers.
The festival line-up includes the largest collection of South African brandies ever assembled under one roof, showcasing the full spectrum of the brandy industry’s achievements. Guests can sip, nose and explore their way through matured Cape pot still treasures, vintage and blended brandies of remarkable quality. The festival also puts the spotlight on artisanal brandies made in preciously small amounts, and which can otherwise only be savoured at the cellar.
The new 2010 Walk of Fame pays tribute to pioneers of the industry and brandy greats crowned worldwide best. Adding to the multi-faceted show experience, the Brandy Aroma Wheel treats the nose to the subtle and complex flavours in fine brandies, ranging from violets to vanilla, cedar wood to citrus, chocolate to cigar box, and mint to mocha. Mixologists – the modern day masters of the bar – take up the Raising the Bar challenge, bringing their contemporary approach and showmanship to expertly crafted brandy-based cocktails.
By popular demand Abie Valentyn, Van Ryn’s veteran cooper with 36 years in the trade, returns for more action, keeping the truly hand-made process of the cooper’s craft in the spotlight as he assembles barrels and finishes off with his signature tune. The SA Brandy Foundation is a member of ARA. The Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival supports moderate and responsible enjoyment of brandy. Corporate Cab services available.
Need to know:
Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival
5 to 7 May 2010, Sandton Sun, Sandton. (5th May by invitation only)
Times: 17h00 – 21h00 (no entry after 20h30)
Cost: R195, include a brandy glass and beverage vouchers
Tickets available from Computicket, Ticketweb or at the door.
No visitors under 18 years.