SLOW FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 2018
Head out to the country and enjoy the simple pleasures of life at the Robertson Wine Valley’s 12th annual Slow Food & Wine Festival taking place from 3-5 August 2018. Discover the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley situated on the scenic Route 62 and explore a wealth of history and authentic wine experiences. Experience the charm of country life in an intimate setting characterised by each farm’s unique personal touch. Walk under the stars, taste local cuisine and sip delicious wines from the valley. Expect slowly made and slowly enjoyed offerings at this year’s event.
Good things take time. Michelangelo's ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel, the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Grand Canyon in Arizona - whether painted by candlelight over a matter of years by a single artist, crafted over decades by bands of builders, or hewn from stone over centuries by Mother Nature herself, these time-honoured examples of unflinching beauty made their way into the world in the same way - slowly.
Tell me more!
By now, you’ll know that the Robertson Wine Valley is one of the best spots in South Africa to find truly excellent wines, epic scenery, and farm-to-fork eateries. However, when you’re blitzing through this fascinating region en route to another destination, you’re bound to miss out on the good stuff.
That’s why the valley’s forward-thinking producers decided to stop, collaborate and create a platform for visitors who want to take a peek behind the curtain, meet the makers, slow things right down and enjoy a 360° experience that takes them into the thick of things in Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor, and Robertson.
Super, but what does it mean?
For one weekend during the heart of winter each year, the valley’s best-loved winemakers, food purveyors and experience providers push out the boat to welcome you into the fold. This includes everything from fireside dinners in the homes of the valley’s winemakers to wine and dine evenings in underground cellars, single vineyard tastings, food and wine pairings as well as game drives, horse outings and boat rides. If it’s tasty, inspiring, invigorating or just downright fun, you’ll find it on the line-up.
Sample honest, old-fashioned and rural hospitality, while enjoying time-honored activities; interact with winemakers and wine-farmers in an informal ambiance, getting to know them and their respective families. Wine enthusiasts will get the unique opportunity to engage directly with winemakers in interactive wine tastings. Experience the intricate winemaking process and discover the story behind the bottle. Enjoy country hospitality at its best and indulge in homemade and traditional cuisines, using local ingredients. Farm style breakfasts, fresh produce and family recipe dishes. Savor mouth-watering food and wine pairings from citrus, fudge and truffle delights to boerewors, artisanal pastries, and handcrafted cheeses.
Browse, shop, taste and enjoy great offerings at the popular family regional market which takes place from 10h00-14h00 on Sunday, 6 August. Local wine, produce, arts, food, music and children’s activities will be on offer.
Where should I stay?
The valley is magical in wintertime, and you’re going to want to get out there and explore. Accommodation options: www.robertsonwinevalley.com
When & how do I book?
Book your tickets soon – the festival may be slow by name, but the foodie grapevine is quick as a whip! Each experience may be booked individually, so you can tailor make your festival experience exactly to your liking. The Family Market on the Sunday is free of charge, so feel free to pull in with the whole family. The rest of the 2018 festival encounters may be booked online at robertsonslow.com
Get more information about the Robertson Wine Valley Slow Food And Wine Festival
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