This week the team looks at a few events where festival goers can wet their noses with high quality tipple. From Bavarian beers to internationally renowned wines, the festivals below offer patrons the opportunity to taste drinks they would not normally have access to. Enjoy!
And if you plan to enjoy the wine or beer testing a little too much visit the Goodfellas website – they offer a hassle free alternative to drinking and driving.
What started out as a school fundraiser turned into one of South Africa’s biggest beer festivals. The school has since separated the Beer Festival from the Schulfest and for the first time in 5 years, they will be allow a small number of Schulfest tickets to be sold to the general public. Unlike the Beer Festival, the Schulfest will be slightly smaller and cater for families – there are go-karts, sports, kiddies’ activities and The Beer Mugs Band playing traditional German music. They will also have a focus on imported beers.
Date: Saturday, 29th of May, 2010
Venue: Deutsche Internationale Schule, Millpark
Cost: R50 to R100
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition that recognises the top local wines and winemakers, and honours excellence in the wine industry. It is widely regarded as the country’s most credible wine show, largely due to the quality of its judging process. Following the announcement of the 2010 winners on 17 May, a series of masterclass and public tastings will be held over a two-week period in major centres throughout South Africa.
Date: Friday, 21st May 2010
Venue: The Ballroom, Hilton Sandton, Rivonia Road, Sandton
Johannesburg Wine Show
The Wine Show Joburg is South Africa’s fastest growing wine show designed consumers. Taste, try and buy wines from over 130 Estates. Learn about wine and wine-making in the Wine Theatre, or brush up on the latest food and wine pairing tips in the Friends for Dinner Theatre. The Wine Show is relaxed, fun and informal with plenty to do from Boules and Virtual Golf to sushi and cocktails.
Date: Friday, 4th to Sunday, 6th June 2010
Venue: The Dome, c/o Olievenhout Avenue & Northumberland Road, North Riding
Cost: R95 at the door or through Computicket for a discounted rate of R90. Weekend passes offered for R140. Secure parking available at R15
Emerald Food and Wine Show
The Emerald Casino and Resort in Vanderbijlpark will be hosting a food and wine show this coming weekend. They promise interesting cuisine and wine from 200 estates. This show will kick off the Vaal River Meander Wine Route (see below).
Date: From Thursday, 20th to Saturday, 22nd May 2010
Venue: E & E Centre – Emerald Resort & Casino
Cost: R50 per person
Vaal River Meander Wine Route
Almost two dozen different venues on and around the banks of the Vaal River have been selected to showcase the wines from premier South African Wine Estates. Venues range from the relaxed ambience of a country inn, to sipping wine on the terrace of a luxury hotel, moving on to a tranquil garden setting on the river shore or even sitting in front of a roaring fireplace of a cosy river pub. Savour excellent wines at only R20.00 for eight wine tastings. Bottles of wine can be purchased at venues to take away for the excellent promotional price of cost plus 10%.
Date: Saturdays and Sundays from 5th June 2010 and 25th July. Midday till 6 p.m
Jen Tile: Straight out of Norwood
The entertainment world is a sad, hollow place when the biggest names are teeny boppers who sing songs about loving someone till the end of time, even though they have not yet passed puberty. Justin Bieber is all the rage amongst the young ones these days, and like Miley Virus, my CD collection just does not have place for his album.
Here are lyrics from his song One Time:
When I met you girl my heart went knock knock
Now them butterflies in my stomach won’t stop stop
And even though it’s a struggle love is all we got
And we gon’ keep keep climbing to the mountain top
They seem a little basic and braindead, but that may be due to the fact that all he has ever been exposed to is nursery rhymes. So how did this soon-to-be pimply faced child become the biggest selling male artist of the moment? More importantly, which artist, preferably one who actually needs to shave, is going to overtake him?
I have scoured the net looking for a manly, deep voiced performer who will take Bieber’s place at the top of the charts, but the manliest people I found were not singers. They were tennis players – the Williams sisters. I believe it was Paula Cole who lamented, “Where have all the cowboys gone?”. Judging by the male artists of today they have all gone camping at Brokeback Mountain.
So it seems that lil’ Justin Bieber will be at the top of the charts for a while. Maybe I should not be so hard on him. Maybe I should wish him all the best. Heavens knows that once his voice breaks his career may be over