I was remarkably lost for words at this years’ Good Food and Wine Show, maybe it was their new extension of Cape Town Food Trucks or maybe it was because Australian MasterChef Winner, Emma Dean, and BBC Food’s “Two Greedy Italians” graced the Cape with their culinary presence. Whatever it was, it was amazing and one of the best that I have been to. No jokes.
Walking into the Good Food and Wine Show you are immediately transported into a culinary food dream, spoiled with hundreds of options and deciding where to start proved to be difficult. Start at the beginning. But where was the beginning? Who knew! I had my camera ready, I claimed my goodie bag and just turned left. I was lucky enough to go on the Friday, so the amount of people weren’t as bad as what you would find on the weekend.
There was a variety of different stalls placed neatly beside each other, each with their own theme and personal touch. Along my route (to the left) I was meandering through the stalls and got stopped by the friendly staff of Espresso concepts. They saw I had a camera and told me that I have to take a photograph of their ‘latte art’, so how dare I say no. They offered me a coffee and I chose a honey nut latte and oh my word, it was amazing – and no, I am not just saying that. The latte had the right amount of foam and wasn’t too sweet, what I liked about the latte was that you could taste the different flavors such as honey and hazelnut from what I picked up. The staff was so kind and friendly and we had a good giggle at what the latte artist came up with. I think he mentioned it was a bear or dog, not too sure and I don’t think he was either.
After my delicious honey nut latte I made my way through some smoked meats sampling each variety as I went along. The Cape Mountain Charcuterie was a strong contender in the world of Charcuterie. Their smoked Chorizo was very tasty and reasonably priced. For R62 it was well worth it.
Now, what I was about to see next did not harm many people – except for those around me, behold the Good Food and Wine Show’s latest new comers…The Cape Town Food Trucks! I was in amazement, in awe and elated by this new extension. There were about 6 or 7 food trucks all uniquely decorated. They were situated at the far left of the Good Food and Wine Show and it felt as if they had their own show – which is not a problem in the least. For someone like me who has heard about the ever-popular food trucks but haven’t yet experienced them, I now had the opportunity to see the majority of them in one place. Rustic chalk boards with gourmet menus stood outside each truck and the dishes weren’t badly priced either. I could kick myself for not trying out a meal, but I guess this gives me another opportunity to visit them again.
Where’s the part about wine you ask? I’m getting there, don’t you worry. I first had to pass the Chef’s Theater where I was lucky enough to see Australian MasterChef Emma Dean in action, after her show guests were welcomed to see Emma for a book signing as well as have a photograph taken with the very down to earth and beautiful chef. I was starstruck – what a beaut!
Three of the other Chefs that I saw was Italian MasterChef judge Carlo Cracco, who is literally the Johnny Depp of chefs, as well as the Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo.
Now the wine. Firstly, if you wanted to have a few tastings you would need to purchase a tasting glass for R30 which also included 6 tasting tickets. My first tasting was a divine and refreshing Muscadel Cocktail. The cocktail was made up of Muscadel, a dash of lemon juice, soda water and sparkling grape juice. I have to thank the ladies from Montagu Muscadel MWS who introduced me to this lovely cocktail and for being so generous with their cocktail kits – for R80 guests at the show were able to take home two bottles sparkling grape juice and a bottle of Muscadel to make the cocktail at home.
Being a beginner of wines, especially of the red kind, I sampled a tasting of KWV’s latest bottle of Roodeberg and was sold with regards to the taste and senses. Roodeberg was subtle and smooth with the taste of cherry and chocolate – to me anyways. A beautiful wine for the perfect winters day amongst friends enjoying a cheese and charcuterie board.
With all the excitement and wine tastings it was time for me to chow, with German blood running through my veins I knew there was bound to be pretzels and German rolls with Bratwurst. The German Stall, Finest Sausage, sent my heart racing. I had a pretzel and a German cheese griller with a subtle curry sauce – it was amazing, the perfect greedy lunch. A true match made in food heaven!
My overall experience of this year’s Good Food and Wine Show was truly phenomenal! The show made for the perfect end to the week and a good start to the weekend. I’m sure many foodies were over joyed and spoiled by what the show had to offer.
Here are some photographs that I’ve taken at the show. Enjoy!
See who won Good Food and Wine Show Awards: http://kitchen.net/2014-good-food-wine-show/