Simon’s, Groot Constantia
The time has come for a winter craft beer, food and craft wine festival in Cape Town and there is no finer place to sip hand-crafted, warming ales and tasty wines than Simon’s on the oldest Wine estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia. After the success at Banana Jam Café in May, The Craft Beer Project has decided to launch a Boutique beer and craft wine festival to quench the thirst of the Cape’s ever-growing contingent of artisan connoisseurs. But while the festival will be larger than The Craft Beer Project’s launch event it will still maintain an intimate air, with the emphasis on craft beer and wine appreciation and food pairings.
This time around they plan to bridge the gap between beer and wine by giving beer the true respect it deserves. “People in the Western Cape are well acquainted with wine,” says organiser and beer enthusiast Greg Casey. “But The Craft Beer Project wants to show people that beer should also be sipped and savoured, rather than chugged.” Festival-goers can enjoy a market vibe on the lawns as well as an indoor area for savouring and comparing beer and wine styles. The event celebrates the craft of brewing in a friendly atmosphere that will allow festival goers to chat with the brewers about the brewing process, the tasting regime and of course, about which beers and wines to pair with the foods available at the fest. “Beer pairing is quite a new thing in SA,” says Greg. “It’s really taken off in Europe and the US and with the Western Cape’s fanatical foodie culture, it seems only right that people to start exploring beer pairings and realising that it’s not just a boerie roll that goes with a pint.”
Over 15 of the finest brewers from around the country – including two Gauteng breweries making their debut in the Cape, as well as six of the top Garagistes- will unite with Cape chefs cooking cuisine designed to pair perfectly with the wide range of beers and wines on show. From fresh, crisp Belgian witbier to warming winter stouts and IPAs flaunting in-your-face hops, the beer lover, the beer novice and the beer curious will all be catered for. Between sips enjoy some local live music and browse craft stalls or simply chat to the brewers to learn more about the amber nectar. Of course, a festival at Groot Constantia wouldn’t be quite right without wine, so six hand-picked Garagisters, a relatively new concept in the wine industry, will be represented, ensuring that lovers of the grape are kept as happy as their grain-crazy counterparts.
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