Wine & Food Tourism Conference to Bring Word-Class Expertise Directly to Delegates

Powerhouse wine strategist and futurist Paul Mabray, arguably the most pivotal international force in wine e-commerce, is one of two headline speakers at this year’s Wine & Food Tourism Conference on 2 December.

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Whip Up Your Weekend – 10 Tips to Make Weekend Baking a Breeze

A few weeks into lockdown many of us were whipping and whisking our way to beautiful desserts and it was brilliant! However, when the cake is in the oven and the stack of baking bowls, cake moulds, and piping nozzles are towering over your kitchen sink it can feel less like a hobby and more like a chore.

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Distillery Road Gin & Barker and Quin celebrate Spring

Be Spoilt for choice this spring, Distillery Road Gin and Barker and Quin, two premium locally produced Stellenbosch brands have teamed up to create the perfect gift pack. The limited-edition gift pack is set to be a massive hit with Gin Lovers and includes a bottle of the popular Distillery Road Gin, 8 different Barker and Quin tonic blends and a garnish wheel with suggestions for each tonic!

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Stellenbosch Hills unveils its white wines of 2020

Bring on the sunshine with the latest wines from Stellenbosch Hills. The addition of two new white wines – ambassadors of Harvest 2020 – marks a milestone for the winery celebrating its 75th year.

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Nederburg Honours Its Heritage

– Exploring the past to understand the present and shape the future –

“Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.” Nelson Mandela.

With such a rich cultural and natural heritage, South Africans can stand tall and proud. At Nederburg, the team is embracing Heritage Month by looking back to some momentous moments in its history, while also exploring the heritage of its winemakers and viticulturists.

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2020 Wine & Food Tourism Awards Honourees Show True Mettle in Facing Down Pandemic

“There’s nothing like a crisis to focus the mind,” remarked tourism doyenne Margi Biggs, convenor of the Wine & Food Tourism Awards, now in their second year. She was speaking at the announcement of this year’s honourees.

“When the entire premise of your business is pulled out from under you, you either focus fast or you fail.  The nine honourees of 2020 have each in their own way demonstrated a remarkable agility, creativity and dynamism in responding to the constraints imposed by Covid-19.”

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Dining-OUT Restaurant News

With the President’s announcement Wednesday that we are now returning to Level 1 and the curfew lifted to 12:00, it seems things are finally getting back to normal. A weekend in Hermanus left me pleased with the increased activity in restaurants and I was unable to get a table for two at two restaurants on Friday night as they were fully booked. Certainly, social distancing rules limit the number of tables but restaurants seemed busy nevertheless. With Spring already here, we are starting to get sunny spells which are also bringing people out for Al Fresco dining.

Please note that this image was taken pre-lockdown

At our sister Website, Sleeping-OUT, bookings have surged in the last few weeks after being at a standstill for months. Bookings are still local rather than international but anyone away from home needs to find restaurants for their meals each day, so this is starting to contribute to increased bookings.

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Spier Makes Celebrating Heritage Day At Home Easy

Spier has created two wonderful ways to make this Heritage Day a memorable one. Both are inspired by Spier’s own rich wine history, which dates back to 1692, making this one of the oldest wine farms in the country.

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Wang Thai Specials

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Restaurant News – Eat@Perdeberg

Now we are into level 2 with restaurants able to serve liquor, we should take a moment to look back on the disastrous months behind us. Trying to pay rent and salaries with no income was almost impossible for most restaurants. Laying off loyal staff with reduced or, in some cases, no salary at all has been hard. So we would like to take a moment to give you some stories over the next few weeks showing the innovative way some restaurants managed to survive.

Rob & Nicky Hahn own Eat@Perdeberg, a restaurant in the Paarl Winelands. Here is their story.

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