This year’s SA Cheese Festival (at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch) was pretty damn insane! The sheer size of it had me totally overwhelmed… There were various large tents filled with stands where you could sample & buy goodies. Then there were tons of freestanding stands outside serving up delicious food & wine for you to sort yourself out with a little picnic setup while listening to some live music. There was definitely a great festival vibe and it seemed like pretty much anybody & everybody was there to experience it.
I found myself just standing with my mouth hanging open, dazed & confused, for quite some time before I plucked up the courage to hit the first tent. The tents were packed with people inside, certainly great exposure for all the exhibitors involved…
Getting through just one tent really took it out of us, so we opted to get some fresh air before attempting the next one. Walking around the massive estate, we also stumbled upon the area where parents could drop off the kiddies after consuming way too much sugar, the Carnival Park. Brilliant idea I though: let them run around like crazy all day, then they sleep like little angels when they get home while mommy & daddy get to enjoy some of their fabulous wine discoveries from the day.
Now I’m not going to bore you with any more pictures of stands and such – there were just waaaaaay too many. Instead I’m going to take you through the awesome pile of goodies I went home with. All things I felt were just way too good to leave behind.
Some creamy, totally delicious butter from Middelpos:
These fresh & inventive cordials from Wilde at heart – one bottle apparently makes 7 litres of refreshing drinking heaven. I opted for the Buchu & Rose Geranium varients, but their lemonade one was really great as well.
Also this beautiful balsamic reduction from Olyvenbosch:
Then I didn’t know this, but Sally Williams now also does Belgian chocolate slabs with crispy nougat. We got them as part of a “party pack” of Sally Williams treats which we got at a total steal of only R100:
Then I simply couldn’t resist the eucalyptus blossom honey from Busy Bee:
But I think my favourite purchase of the day had to be my new doggie, Frank! I got him for only R35 from the SPCA stand and I love him to bits.
I will need to send a letter to my body corporate for approval though as they have a strict pet policy. But Frank has already made himself at home and is even sleeping on the bed…
I know, I know – I really shouldn’t let him. But who could say no to those big eyes!?
Anyhoo, I’m currently thoroughly enjoying the spoils of my SA Cheese Festival outing. My kitchen now feels like a little gourmet deli of sorts. Something which is really unusual for me as I normally only have Woolies ready meals and dry crackers at home. Am I possibly getting closer to being a domestic diva? Nah, probably not… I still can’t cook so save my life… but at least this is a tiny step in the right direction I think.