The Good Food and Wine Show reviewed
Every year I say to myself that I must go to the Good Food and Wine Show and every year I don’t, until this year. The show started yesterday and off we went to the International Convention Centre in Cape Town and after eventually finding parking we took the short walk to the building. There was a hive of activity inside the building with masses of people, judging by how long it took for us to find parking, I’m not surprised at how many people were already there.
We had tickets in hand and walked in through the doors, it was a feast on our senses with so many stands, sights and smells it was difficult to decide where to start. We decided to start at the very end of the hall and make our way up and down each isle so as not to miss anything …
Let me say first off there are a few important things to take note of. First is that you should make sure you have an empty stomach on arriving, secondly you need at least one free hand so that you don’t miss out on all of the lovely treats and titbits you walk past and lastly put some spare cash in your purse for all of the things you are likely to purchase.
We headed into the furthest part of the hall and found ourselves in the wine section with many stalls showcasing the best they have to offer. Also in this area were a few places to rest your tired legs and sit down and relax with a cocktail or two prepared by one of the barmen who show off their flaring skills. Since we had just arrived we didn’t need to sit down and relax just yet and so we carried on past Saul’s Saloon and Grill with their beer keg bar stools and headed into the throng of the show.
We had just missed the presentation by Country Fresh but were lucky enough to get a little taste of some creamy and delicious ice cream. Turning around another corner we found ourselves at the Slow Foods Market where there were so many delicious items from olive tapenades, sausages and cured meats, smoked game fish, pastries, breads and cheeses. You need to try the mascarpone with fig and pecan nuts from the La Masseria stall, this was sublime.
Cheese seemed to be the order of the day and we made a fabulous discovery of braai cheese at the Lancewood stand, haloumi cheese texture with a cheddar taste is as best as I can describe it. Then there was cream cheese, brie and more. Pesto Princess has some of the best pesto’s I have ever tasted and a new find of mine was the Thai Pesto.
Quite a bit of time was spent at the Feast-de-renaissance stall trying their blueberries, plum coulis and pears in red wine, raspberry and cinnamon (a jar of this made its way home with me as a present for my mom). For a sweet treat we tasted “Bloomin Brilliant Brownies” from Yummi and yes they were just as their name suggests.
This is only some of the food that we tasted and there is something to cater for everyone’s likes . All of the stalls have friendly people who are more than willing to chat to you about their product.
There are also a number of demonstrations on the go all the time and something new to discover around every corner. This is not only a show to fill your bellies you can learn new things and find great products to help you become you’re a celebrity chef in your own home.
The atmosphere of the show is relaxed and it is quite easy to spend hours browsing through the stands, you can take this show at your own pace and make the experience your own. Stop and have a bite to eat, watch a demonstration, sip some wine and find out just what makes the Good Food and Wine Show such a hit.
Herewith again the details for the Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show:
Dates are 13-16 May 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Telephone: +27 (0)21 797 4500
- Entry – R80; Pensioners – R40; Children 2–12 – R40; Children under 2 – Free;
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