Pino­tage & Bil­tong Fes­ti­val is a first

Pretoria News - - NEWS - SAKHILE NDLAZI

IF YOU al­ways thought Pino­tage was only used to make se­ri­ous red wines, don’t miss out on the first Pino­tage & Bil­tong Fes­ti­val in Gauteng, which takes place to­mor­row and Sun­day at the Leriba Ho­tel in Cen­tu­rion.

“This is the one fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to the Pino­tage va­ri­etal in all its di­ver­sity,” said or­gan­iser Co­bie van Oort.

“You will be blown away by some of South Africa’s best red Pino­tages, but you can also have lots of fun with al­ter­na­tives, in­clud­ing Rosés, bub­blies, blends, dessert wines and even a white Pino­tage.” She said the event had been run­ning suc­cess­fully for the past three years in the Western Cape on a wine farm and they thought, why not do a replica in the cap­i­tal city?

“We specif­i­cally chose Cen­tu­rion be­cause it it half­way between Pre­to­ria and Jo­han­nes­burg. And we know how much th­ese cities love their wine. And also since peo­ple are go­ing to be drink­ing lots of wine, there is also the Gau­train sta­tion close by, and peo­ple can use pub­lic trans­port in­stead of drink­ing and driv­ing.”

With two of the coun­try’s iconic prod­ucts on show, vis­i­tors can be sure of a fan­tas­tic day with around 60 great wines paired with a range of bil­tong flavours and types from Billa’B & Co, Bil­tong Deli, as well as re­lated items like droë­wors.

The event is fam­ily-friendly with live jazz by the Swing Cats Duo, meals in one of the restau­rants on site or at the River Lapa com­plex, and ca­sual seat­ing un­der the trees next to the river.

The Peb­bles Project, a reg­is­tered char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ported by Mon­tagu Dried Fruit and Nuts, is re­spon­si­ble for the Kidz Zone where kids will be en­ter­tained while their par­ents en­joy the day. A do­na­tion of R75 per child is re­quested, which will go to­wards Peb­bles’ projects.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm and tick­ets cost R220 via www.plank­ or­ or R250 at the gate.

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