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The Winelands Chocolate Festival at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate

With the festivities of Easter celebrations just over a week ago, and still hiding my remaining chocolate from myself, I received info on the second Winelands Chocolate Festival, which takes place at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 20th and 21st of August 2016.

After yesterday’s visit to the Getaway Show 2016 at Lourensford Estate, I’m super keen to venture out in to the beautiful countryside near Cape Town on a regular basis. And what better way to experience the Winelands than with chocolate and wine?

Here’s further info and booking details, so you too can put this event into your diary (supplied by Wired Communications)…

This year’s festival is beautifully laid out in the spacious Blaauwklippen grounds and building...

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Food and Wine Tasting with Bon Fromage and Slanghoek

Yesterday evening I attended a very generous cheese and wine tasting at Bon Fromage, the cheese restaurant in Newlands. We were treated to five cheese and wine pairings, the cheese being chosen by Bon Fromage owner Brian and the wines from Slanghoek.

Brian hosts these wine tasting events regularly, and a very reasonable cost of R100 per person gets you an informative cheese and wine pairing, followed by dinner and a cheese platter. At every wine tasting you can order the wine at the cellar price, which is always good value for money.

I was surprised when we were offered a choice between Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake or Potato and Bacon Bake as a main course – I always considered Potato Bake to be a side dish! I chose the Potato and Bacon Bake and was more than happy with my choice, which ...

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South African Heritage Day Celebration!

(Personal Chef Joanne Clegg gets demoted to salad maker; her cousin is promoted to Tongmaster and her aunt steals the show with a Chicken and Apricot Potjie and a Fresh Strawberry Pavlova – recipes below)

It was with absolute glee that I accepted an invitation, to join my aunt, uncle and cousin for a Potjie braai on Saturday – the 24th of September which marks our Heritage Day public holiday.

Heritage Day is the day on which South Africans are encouraged to celebrate the diverse the diverse cultural heritage that makes up our “rainbow nation”.

This day is now synonomous with “National Braai Day” or “Braai4Heritage”, an initiative by Jan Scannell (better know as Jan Braai – @janbraai on twitter) to unite South Africans on Heritage Day around the collective love of a “braai”...

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