Cheese lovers can expect an unbelievable taste sensation with innovative food pairings presented by culinary artist and celebrity personalities at the SA Cheese Festival from 25-27 April at Sandringham in Stellenbosch.
The Dairy Square is home to the Checkers Cheese Emporium which houses an impressive variety of cheese and related products. This year sees a new record with the largest amount of space occupied by cheese exhibitors in 14 years.
The Checkers Market Theatre features Nataniël, Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris, Sarie food editor Herman Lensing and Kokkedore Johnny Hamman & Marius Uys, where they will showcase their amazing culinary skills and whipping up mouth-watering dishes with gourmet cheeses and meat, paired with local and international wines.
The Afrox Cooking Pot will sizzle this year. The programme features an exciting selection of innovative food pairings and entertaining presenters. Visitors can expect a taste infusion and bursts of flavours that will tingle the taste buds.
The Agri-Expo Mall features a carefully selected variety of related products for you to taste and purchase for later enjoyment.
A new addition is the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Cape Made: Taste the Alternatives exhibition. Alternative products such as pomegranates, olives, herbs, mushrooms, nuts, honey, indigenous tea and sour figs compliments cheese perfectly. Explore this innovative new addition to the festival and support our local niche markets to expand and grow to the benefit of all.
The Cheese Festival brings cheese to life in many different ways, one of which is cheese art. The daily Ladismith Cheese Carving Competition creates lots of fun for those who dare to try their hand at creating a work of art from a block of cheese.
Superb quality eateries and food trucks in the Gourmet Lane ensured that you will be spoilt for choice when planning for lunch or early supper.
Children are entertained with a variety of activities in the Kidddies Corner and the Milk Factory where they can interact with animals from different dairy breeds. The Cornetto Teen Zone is one of our innovative activities where teens can chill with friends amidst the buzz of thousands of Cheese Festival-goers.
Tickets are available at any Computicket outlet, Shoprite or Checkers store at R130 per day. Senior citizens pay R100 and children 13 years and younger enter free.No tickets will be sold at the gates. The festival opening times are from 10:00 to 18:00 each day. Sandringham is conveniently located next to the N1, exit 39, between Cape Town and Paarl.