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TASTE of Cape Town 2011

May 6, 2011

I popped into the annual  TASTE of Cape Town food festival last night. Taste of Cape Town

 I’d been sent one of those complimentary ticket emails – click here for these details. Otherwise – tickets can be purchased at computicket – from R70 upwards.

I went last year – and really enjoyed the whole experience. Its outdoors, and generally very spacious. You also seem to bump into all sorts of interesting people that you havent seen for years. (make sure you look pretty damn snazzy, is what i mean, Possums) 

I also love the fact that I get to sample and experience little bits and pieces from some of the best restaurants in Cape Town, without having to spend a fortune.

Once inside – you should buy coupons immediately, as this is the only way to purchase inside the food festival .  I bought R100 worth of coupons initially, but would recommend  getting R200 – you will need them. THEN purchase your wine tasting glass (2 coupons) – also near the entrance. There are wine farms offering wine tasting at no charge, or you can purchase a full glass of your preferred wine with your coupons.

The coupons come in a R100 booklet of 20 crowns – so each crown is worth R5.

 Take a look at this INSANELY yummy looking menu HERE. I’m JUST about drooling right now…

We took a leisurely wander round – and here are some of  our highlights:

 

NOBU (Hideki Maeda) – Pork Belly with spicy miso – 6 crowns 

This was Ren’s choice and she loved it.

  PLANET RESTAURANT (Rudi Liebenberg) – Mustard marinated beef fillet served with short tortellini, roasted onion and cauliflower puree, tomato chutney – 7 crowns

I had this one first – it was DE – VINE! Tasty tasty tasty and I really enjoyed the cauliflower puree.

 

PATRON  tequila

The Renster and I did the tasting – which cost us 5 crowns. It was a little challenging at first to try to keep that pained tequila expression off my face. But, with incredible stamina and perserverance, I made it through the first three variations of techila, and thoroughly enjoyed the last Coffee Tequila. (CAN can you see how relieved we are – coffee techila in hand – we survived!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

my beautiful friends…

 

 

 

NOUVELLE MUSHROOMS

 

I love mushrooms – and this store was offering cups of mushrooms, cooked with truffle oil. Really good. Only1 crown! 

   … and I had to try this cheese – as the picture had caught my eye. Rathy dishy… hummm? Very nice Camembert and Brie.

  • GOLD (VUYISWA NJENGELE) – OPULENT AFRICAN COUSINE

  

  •  Pumpkin fritters dusted with cinnamon sugar and gold dust, served with an amarula mascarpone.

Wow! These were delish! I wish I’d taken a photo of what they looked like inside – beautiful orangey yellow colour. And the Amarula flavour came through beautifully in the cream.

The guys at GOLD were just SO friendly  – and just seemed so passionate about their restaurant and all that they offer. I will definitely be giving it a try.

We were then given gold dust coated coffee beans. The thought of ingesting one of these is, quite frankly, frightening.  (very worried look)

 

Signal at Cape Grace (Malika van Reenen)

This was my favorite by far! The duck was the stuff that food orgasms are MADE of! The staff found my “moment” rather amusing. Very VERY good. (the food i mean…)

  • Confit duck tart with preserved ginger and pickled shimeji mushrooms 

  • Cape Grace Paella

Absolutely phenomenal! I dont like sea food terribly much, but this was just so fresh tasting. very VERY morish.

cape grace paella

  • Dark chocolate and toasted coriander seed croustilant tart

woweee! not such a great snap – but the inside just had to be revealed.

I highly recommend that you try all three options at the Signal stand!  

Anyway – these were but a few of the stands that are on offer at the TASTE food festival, for the rest of this weekend. I think I may pop back for round #2.

Best to dress warmly, as its out in the open – boots, jackets and scarves.

www.tasteofcapetown.com

For directions to the venue click here. OR I can just tell you…. Its on that field next to Cape Town Stadium (aka Greenpoint stadium). I’d recommend getting a  taxi there or possibly parking near the old stadium or the Madconalds. I think thats the best bet.

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