Constantia Crush – A review
I enjoyed a lazy brunch this past Sunday with some good friends and even though we had had more than enough to eat a suggestion was thrown into the pot to head over to the Constantia Uitsig for the Crush on Constantia Festival. What a great idea, not only did the weather cooperate and make sure there was plenty of sunshine, but the event did not disappoint either.
The theme was Grand Garden Glamour and although none of us had dressed up we didn’t feel out of place. Sadly only a handful of couple’s had dressed up to the theme, but this meant that there were not too many people to compete with for the great prizes …
The event is held at the cricket oval and it’s a short drive up a dusty path to get there, we parked under one of the large trees which ensured my car was kept cool. On the field was a massive, white marquee tent and although we couldn’t see how full it was the cars parked all around us gave us some indication. It is always exciting to see what is on offer and while we waited for some more friends to arrive, before we got stuck into the wine tasting, we browsed around the various stalls of jewellery, clothing, bath products and beautiful handcrafted wooden items.
The event is a showcase of the Constantia Valley and our tickets included eight wine tastings from the various vineyards (ticket was R130 a person). When the group was assembled we headed straight to a table where we found some bubbles (our pet name for sparkling wine), the guys of High Constantia would not disappoint us and after finding glasses – which proved slightly more challenging, our glasses were filled and we savoured the first taste of the valley. Absolutely delicious I might add and a must for any lover of bubbles. We moved on the taste wines from Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwagting, Steenberg, Eagle’s Nest and Klein Constantia.
But there was no time to rest, what with the rocking sounds of the live band the dance floor was the place to be and we bopped up and down to some old favourites, including the medly from Grease, some Michael Bublé and even the can-can. The band was certainly entertaining, although some of the visitors who had had a fair amount to drink, also provided worthy entertainment.
In the other tent was a selection of delicious food from a variety of restaurants in the valley. You could either purchased tokens and pay for your food that way or you could pay in cash. I sampled the ceviche from Buitenverwachting which was kingklip topped with basil pesto, capers and rosa tomatoes – absolutely delicious in my opinion. This was followed by the white bean soup with truffle oil from Steenberg’s Bistro 1682. This is decadent, filling and tasty and is on their winter menu, so next time you are there give it a try.
We found a sunny patch of grass that was out of the way from the crowds of people and we seated ourselves down with a bottle or two of wine and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and such fun being able to try wine from estates in the Constantia vineyards all in one spot. I will definitely be there next year and I hope to see you all there too.