Time to go with slow flow at Robertson fest
OF ALL the enjoyable wine and food festivals that tempt us in the Winelands, Robertson Slow is one which has blossomed – yes, slowly – into a hugely popular boutique celebration. It has stayed intimate, relaxed and unhurried, but today offers some seriously gourmet fare alongside traditional favourites.
The weekend festivities combine rural hospitality with sophisticated food and wine-pairing, and this year one venue is even offering wine, food and olive oil pairing throughout the menu. Some of the meals will be cooked and served in winemakers’ homes, others in cellars or al fresco, if weather permits.
A few McGregor and Ashton wine farms are included among the 20-odd cellars taking part, along with a handful of hotels and country lodges. Along with long-established favourites, newer wineries are joining in the fun, such as Esona which has opened tasting facilities in a 90-year old refurbished cellar on the banks of the Breede river. Sipping and savouring can be offset by walks and river cruises, fynbos drives and pastamaking, while the popular regional food market is recommended as a final destination before Sunday departures.
● On from August 9-11. Visit www. robertsonslow. com; e- mail manager@ robertsonwinevalley. com; contact 023 626 3167.
RURAL TRANQUILLITY: The Breede river valley is the venue for the Robertson Slow celebrations.
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