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  • Writer's pictureDelaille Raubenheimer

Get ready for the 2023 South African Cheese Festival! P.s There's a new VIP offering

Springtime outdoor culinary feast promises unforgettable experiences

South African Cheese Festival 2023
South African Cheese Festival

Excitement builds for the eagerly anticipated 20th edition of the South African Cheese Festival.


Sandringham Estate outside Stellenbosch plays host to this festival, which this year will be held from Saturday 23 September to Monday 25 September. The 2023 SA Cheese Festival promises to immerse food lovers of all ages in a world of gourmet delights.


With less than two weeks to go until the festival gates swing open, the organisers of the SA Cheese Festival are excited to reveal more details about all the exciting offerings on this year's festival program that is sure to encourage adventurous foodies to buy their tickets in time for this annual, often sold-out, culinary festival.


"The SA Cheese Festival is more than just an event; it's a celebration of over two decades of culinary goodness,” says Jacques Fourie, speaking on behalf of the festival organisers.

"This festival offers a remarkable fusion of gourmet experiences, music, and fun entertainment," he adds.


NEW: A CULINARY JOURNEY FOR VIPS AT THE PAVILION

"This year, we're excited to introduce an exclusive VIP Hospitality offering at The Pavilion, designed for discerning food enthusiasts seeking an unparalleled exclusive experience," says Fourie.

The Pavilion, a permanent double-story facility on the SA Cheese Festival grounds, will provide VIP guests with a curated culinary journey, including pairing workshops, luxurious surroundings, and private catering.


The SA Cheese Festival prides itself on the wide variety of attractions presented at the festival every year. This is how the festival organisers ensure that each ticket contains a wealth of value.


The SA Cheese Festival caters for the tastes and preferences of every festival-goer, be it with cheese and wine tastings to live music entertainment and many other exciting offers.

Festival-goers will again this year have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of quality cheeses complimented with good wines as the perfect pairing.


While the festival ticket gives visitors access to all the free cheese tastings, a wine tasting glass can be purchased for R35 at the festival to sample the diverse range of unlimited wine offerings.


In addition, well-known expert chefs will be leading interesting food demonstrations, sharing their insights on the art of culinary craft as well as on cheese varieties and the art of pairing food and wine.


"We're thrilled to showcase an extraordinary line-up of musical talent, with Prime Circle, Watershed, Gerhard Steyn, Elvis Blue, Tasché, Juan Boucher, Mark Haze and other renowned artists whose performances will create a vibrant atmosphere on the SA Cheese Festival grounds," says Fourie.

"Along with our brand-new carnival-style theme park, we are also launching helicopter flips from the festival grounds. Visitors will have the choice of either a two-minute flip or a longer 10 minute flight over the Cape Winelands. We believe that this will add an element of family-friendly fun and excitement to the festival.”

South African Cheese Festival 2023
South African Cheese Festival - Live music

SUPPORT LOCAL AND DISCOVER UNIQUE FINDS


Another addition to this year’s SA Cheese Festival programme is the Culinary Marketplace, which promises a treasure trove of artisanal creations, gourmet treats, wines, and more from local exhibitors showcasing their exceptional products to festival-goers.

“Come and discover unique products, support local businesses, and bring home quality cheese and related products to enjoy long after the festival ends,” says Fourie.

The SA Cheese Festival extends gratitude to its partners and supporters, including Simonsvlei, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Stella Artois, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, Kfm, UCOOK, LIFT Airline, Protea Hotel Marriott Stellenbosch, and Tekco Packaging Solutions.


Tickets to the festival can be purchased directly from Howler at the following link: www.howler.co.za/SAcheesefestival


For more information, including the full line-up of performances, visit the official SA Cheese Festival website at www.cheesefestival.co.za.

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