A couple weeks ago, I visited Cape Town for a family wedding and a bit of a time out. As always, it was a feast of culinary delights, artisan appreciation and beautiful scenery.
I’m going to share a few of the places we went in a series of posts over the next 2 weeks.
First up was Taste of Cape Town – my first Taste festival there – I have only been to the Durban one before. It was amazing!
Mostly because there were so many awesome wineries represented – something we lack at the Durban festival, as they don’t often make the trek to KZN to spoil us with their beautiful wines. We loved that Babylonstoren was there, having visited the farm last year and we enjoyed the Chenin Blanc again. I also bought some of their beautifully packaged olive oil – it comes in a pretty baby blue printed tin – my best!
You can buy their wine online, but I didn’t find the olive oil in the online shop, so I’m glad I got it.
There were some great restaurants at the festival, but we especially enjoyed the dishes from
Hemelhuijs & Azure. We had all 3 dishes from Hemelhuijs’s Chef Jacques Erasmus – gnocchi with aubergine & pear pesto & truffle cream, roasted duck & beetroot rolled in cucumber with plum sauce and sichuan friend calamari with shaved daikon & miso dressing.
But the stand out dishes were from Chef Christo Pretorius at Azure – tequila-cured fizanta kraal trout, baked avocado & corn succotash, then a slow braised compressed oxtail glazed with barbeque miso, served with mushroom ragout, potato espuma and gremolata – it was phenomenal! And then their dessert – a delicious black sesame cake with lemongrass curd, marshmallow & coconut crumble – thank goodness it was bite sized – I could have had ten though!
If you’re ever in Cape Town over the festival time – GO! It was a great experience.
Am looking forward to Taste of Durban in July now!