The Hop ‘n Vine Festival 2012

The Hop ‘n Vine Festival 2012Presented by The Craft Beer Project, Jolie 360 and Simon’s Restaurant

The time has come for a winter craft beer, craft wine and food festival in Cape Town and there is no finer place to sip hand-crafted, warming ales and wines than Simon’s on the oldest Wine estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia. A boutique craft beer and craft wine festival to appease the thirst of the Cape’s ever-growing contingent of artisan connoisseurs. The festival will be maintaining an intimate air, with the emphasis on craft beer and craft wine food pairing appreciation.

“People in the Western Cape are well acquainted with wine,” says co – organiser and beer enthusiast Greg Casey. “We want to show people that beer should also be sipped and savoured, rather than chugged.” Enthusiasts can enjoy a market vibe in a cosy indoor area for savouring and comparing beer and wine styles. The event celebrates the craft of brewing in a friendly atmosphere that will allow interaction with the brewers and wine makers about the processes, the tasting regime and of course, about which beers and wines to pair with the foods available at the fest. “Beer pairing is quite a new thing,” says Greg. “It’s really taken off in Europe and the US and with the Western Cape’s fanatical foodie culture, it seems only right that people to start exploring beer pairings and realising that it’s not just a boerie roll that goes with a pint.”

Over 15 of the finest brewers from around the country – including Gauteng breweries making their debut in the Cape as well as 6 of the top Garagistes – will unite with Cape chefs cooking cuisine designed to pair perfectly with the wide range of beers and wines on show. Between sips enjoy some local live music and browse craft stalls or simply chat to the experts to learn more about the amber nectar as well as the concept of Garagistes.

Hop ‘n Vine @ Simon’s Groot Constantia

When: 20th & 21st July
(Friday 20th July from 17:00 – 22:00; Saturday 21st July from 11:00 – 23:00)
Where: Simon’s at Groot Constantia
Why: Because beer and wine isn’t only for summer!
How: Tickets are R120 and include a beer/wine glass (Kids free with dedicated kids play area)
Contact: Greg Casey 082 339 1119


We have 4 sets of double tickets to give away to this fantastic event on either the 20th or the 21st of July. If you would like to get your hands on a set of these tickets – send an email to with your Name, Surname and Cellphone Number.

Once you have sent your details, go to our Facebook Page, give the competition post a Like and reply to it with the answer to the question: “How many Garagiste estates are taking part in the event?”.

Winners will be chosen on the 16th and contacted via email. You will need to be living in Cape Town in order to qualify for the prize as transport is not included.

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