Pinotage & Biltong Festival is a first
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.plankton.mobi or www.computicket.com or R250 at the gate.