The annual Wine & Food Festival from 28 – 29 September was a phenomenal success, with thousands of people enjoying the new line-up of events and activities. Although a wine festival at heart, this year’s edition included an extended spread of food vendors and food trucks, with gins, brandies, and craft beer sharing the limelight.
The venue for the festival was again the school hall and sports grounds of Curro Hermanus. New additions that proved very popular included the Wine, Sushi, Oyster & Jukebox Lounge in the wine hall, the Pop-up MCC & Cake Bar offering the most delicious Belgian waffles, crêpes, cakes and other sweet indulgences, coupled with delicious MCC labels sold by the glass, and the Sensory Play Park for children. Here the young ones were kept entertained by a petting zoo, train rides, Zorbing balls, a gaming centre, giant Jenga and other garden games, as well as interactive educational fun presented by ‘Plaasjapies’.
“The children’s play park, as well as the lounges and other seating areas that could accommodate more than 1 500 people at any one time, were filled to capacity throughout the festival,” said Ulla du Toit of Wine Village, which has hosted the festival for the past 20 years. She added that the event drew the right crowd and that the vendors were very pleased with the high sales figures.
“We haven’t processed all the figures yet but we can say that this was one of the most successful festivals ever hosted in Hermanus. People were not put off by the rain on Sunday and many returned for the second day in a row.”
Live entertainment added to the festive atmosphere and among the performers were SAMA Nominee Carol Thorns on electric cello delivering a contemporary ensemble inside a bubble at the sunset concert on Saturday, and the Betsie Beers country folk band on Sunday afternoon. Other performers included local artist, Ryno Velvet and the Ilitha Lelanga Marimba Ensemble from Cape Town.
Several festivalgoers commented on the fact that this year’s festival was more family-friendly, that it offered a greater variety of food, wines, gins, brandies and craft beers, more seating areas to sit back and relax, more live music, and informative signs giving clear directions to the different areas and activities. Sounds like a winning recipe!