If you were at Taste of Cape Town, you might have caught Lucy Corne, beer supremo, and me having a face-off about what beverage goes best with food. Wine and I won that round, although it was a worryingly close encounter (especially with her trump card of Boston Breweries Pumpkin Ale) and now she’s out for revenge this weekend!
The SA Cheese Festival will be the scene of round 2 of Grape vs Grain and I fear there will be no holds barred this time. I don’t know what beers she has up her sleeves (hopefully they will all smell of stinky armpits and then I’ll win easily!) but I’m going with the easy-drinking everyday range from Stellenbosch Vineyards, the Welmoed and Versus wines. There’s no denying that cheese is tricky to pair – you’ve got lots of different considerations ranging from the cloying fattiness to the lively lactic acidity – but I think I’ve got it sorted with my multi-coloured range of wines.
So if you are going to be at the Cheese Festival on Saturday or Monday, then please come along and join us in our quest to find the perfect cheese partner. Obviously I’d love to win again – obviously I EXPECT to win again – but actually, these events are all about fun times and possibly a little learning for you, dear audience. I certainly know more about beers than I did before I started hanging around with this Brew Chick, and although it is clearly only a second-rate beverage compared to wine, there’s no denying that it’s not a bad tipple in its way.
Come and see us in The Cooking Pot Theatre at 3pm on Saturday 26th and Monday 28th April at Sandringham in Stellenbosch. Tickets for our show are FREE – and there’s not much you get for free these days – but they’re limited to only 75 per day so don’t be late. You get to taste lovely wines from Stellenbosch Vineyards (our overall sponsor), delicious cheese from Simonsberg (our sponsor for the weekend) and also some random beers as well (whateverrrr…..). Just kidding – come and have fun and make up your own mind on the day!
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