Upcoming Events

Upcoming events:

Slow Food Cape Town visit to Back-Area-Gardens Deli

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018

Time: 11:00

Address: U1 Oude Molen Eco Village, 80 Alexandra Road, Pinelands, Cape Town.

Event description:

You’re invited to join us on a visit to do your shopping away from the madness of the malls, and one-stop shopping of the supermarkets. You’ll be able to sit in the garden, and have delicious tea, coffee and eats as well. Margot Neser will chat to us about the produce she grows and sources from other producers in the Western Cape.

There is no charge for the visit, but please email Pat if you’d like to join us, so that Margo can organise enough eats and seats for refreshments. Payment for these will be for your own account.

Slow Food Johannesburg wine pressing and tasting at Gerakaris Family Wines

Date: 21 March 2018

Time: 14:00 – 17:00

Cost: R120 per person.

Bookings: limited space is available, please book early to avoid disappointment.Ticket bookings:  http://http ://qkt . io/CYam6N

In the heart of Johannesburg is a hidden secret. On the banks of the Braamfontein Spruit is a winery – Gerakaris Family Wines – and we have an invitation to a wine pressing and tasting of the family wines. Few of us get to watch the process of pressing the grapes and this will be an opportunity to learn more about the process involved in wine making.

The winery in Craighall park is beautifully set under the trees and we will serve a range of South Africa’s premiere raw milk cheeses, breads and pickles to compliment your wine tasting.

Time:- 14h00 – 17h00

Date:- Wednesday 21st March 2018 (Public Holiday)

Where:- 20 Marlborough Avenue, Craighall Park.

(Next to Colourful Splendour Nursery)
Find ‘Gerakaris Family Wines’ on Google Maps

Cost: R 120 per person

Bookings: http ://qkt . io/CYam6N

Because of the venue, there is limited space. Book early!

Mother City Seed Autumn seed swap and seed education day

Date: 24 March 2018

Time: 09:00 – 15:00

Venue: Cape Town City Bowl, venue to be confirmed.

Event description:
Come share your knowledge with the greater seed saving community and swap some of your own seeds.
The aim of this event is to see more of us sharing with other people how to grow, harvest, store and save seed while discussing the importance of preserving crop diversity in one’s own backyard.

Let us grow the seed saving network, build the Mother City Seed bank and help establish other seed banks in Cape Town and further afield.

For more information view the Facebook event.

Bald Ibis Festival, Clarens

Slow Food Johannesburg is co-ordinating a second unusual wine event taking place this month.

The Bald Ibis harvest festival will take place at Rose Cottage Fouriesburg on Saturday 24 March 2018.

The festival is all about the wine and it is both unusual and very special.

In 2008 John Critchley planted Pinotage, Shiraz and Pinot Noir vines. The first two were chosen because they are low risk cultivars and Pinot Noir was planted as a test cultivar. Added to these were lesser well-known vines such as Tannat, Chambourcin and Viognier.

The vines are grown organically and fed with worm compost that is made on the farm. They are watered on a drip irrigation system with water coming from the mountain, 1.5km away. The grapes are hand-picked, de-stemmed and crushed and fermented in tanks in the cellar and then stored for about 15 months in oak barrels.

John tells us ‘In 2013 we picked enough grapes to make 4 barrels of wine which made 1 200 bottles and The Bald Ibis was born. The wine is named after the 11 Southern Bald Ibis that nest on the Kopje and feed in the vines. Like them, the vineyard in the Eastern Free State Highlands – at 1 700m above sea level, one of the highest in the world – is unique and soaring to new heights. Under The Bald Ibis label, we made a Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Pinotage/Shiraz blend and a Shiraz.’

Also read the article here https://www . farmersweekly . co . za/crops/field-crops/making-wine-in-the-malutis/

A small selection of local food producers and restaurateurs has teamed up to provide a selection of food to compliment the wine. All the produce on the day are locally sourced from small scale farmers and slow food producers. The festival would make a wonderful weekend away in a sunning part of the country