Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town

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Savour the flavour of culinary creations from the Mother City’s top restaurants, wine estates and producers

A firm favourite in the minds and mouths of Capetonians, the annual Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town gastronomic festival returns to the Green Point Cricket Club, from Thursday, 11 to Sunday, 14 April 2013, to whet the appetites of Cape Town’s most dedicated and sophisticated foodies. Now in its sixth year, the calendar highlight once again brings together some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants, artisan producers, award-winning wineries and carefully selected exhibitors to give residents a chance to sample a smorgasbord of distinctly local cuisine.

This year, alongside the 11 Cape Town’s eateries and chefs tasked with preparing delectable dishes designed to showcase culinary prowess, four pop-up restaurants will make appearances. The surprise kitchens could include the likes of Bruce Robertson of The Boathouse, Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen/The Pot Luck Club fame, Scot Kirton of La Colombe and Tanja Kruger from Makaron Restaurant at Majeka house.

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What to expect at the 2013 Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town

Aside from sampling the tasty morsels on offer, festival-goers can also indulge in a few interactive activities aimed at better preparing amateur cooks to reign over personal kitchens.

  • Guests can learn how to create simple, stylish and utterly delicious canapés at the Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience, where wine experts will pair each delicate creation with a wide range of fine vintages.
  • Additionally, The Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre affords foodies an enlightening ‘How To’ session with the city’s top chefs.
  • Festival-goers also get a chance to meet the creative foodie folk behind the Fresh Living Magazine.

Not to mention, this year’s foodie fiesta boasts a brand new initiative, the Taste Craft Beer Project. This stall features 18 of the country’s top class brews (on tap) from a collection of microbreweries; each beer comes complete with relevant food pairing tips.

Otherwise, festival-goers can quaff their way through a myriad of ethically certified wines at the Fairtrade stall or sip and swirl South Africa’s first premium single grain whisky at the Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky stand.

What’s more, master chocolatiers from Lindt’s Cape Town Chocolate Studio will demonstrate how they craft those yummy truffle delights, and the Royal Thai Embassy’s stall is billed to treat guests to an exotic taste of their country’s local cuisine and to giveaway a tropical getaway too (a round trip for two is up for grabs).

For those who’d like to take a bit of the festival home, it’s possible to fill up your pantry with fresh local produce from the Food Market, a foodie utopia that hosts over 100 artisan producers, boutique exhibitors, premium drink brands and top notch wineries.

For those who crave a more exclusive experience, the festival features the popular Taste Club House, a private lounge that will serve as your base for the show; guests get a complimentary bar service (wine, malt and soft drinks) plus a Taste of Cape Town gift.

As always the event will be raising funds for a good cause; the Cape Town Angels is the official charity. Visit the Cape Town Angels Benefit Stage, where an eclectic collection of artists and performers will entertain while you take a break from all things delicious.guests at pick n pay taste of cape town - Wiggle Car Hire

Restaurants at the 2013 Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town

  • 96 Winery Road – Executive Chef Natasha Wray
  • Azure Restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa – Executive chef Henrico Grobbelaar
  • The Brasserie – Stefan Marais
  • De Grendel – Chef Ian Bergh
  • Beefcakes – Wonderful Ndhlovu
  • II Leone Mastrantonio – Daniel Toledo
  • Fyndraai Restaurant (Solms-Delta) – Shaun Schoeman
  • Signal Restaurant at Cape Grace – Executive Chef Malika Van Reenen
  • Dash – Executive Sous Chef Jamie Dempster and Executive Chef Craig Paterson
  • Savour Restaurant at 15 on Orange Hotel – Executive Chef Sanel Esterhuyse
  • Jewel of India – Chef Dayanand Shakar Poojary

Pop-up Restaurants at the 2013 Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town

  • La Colombe – Head Chef Scot Kirton
  • Makaron at Majeka House – Head Chef Tanja Kruger
  • Boat House – Chef Bruce Robertson
  • Pot Luck Club – Luke Dale-Roberts

“As part of our commitment to Cape diners and an energetic food scene, we have once again kept the ticket price unchanged – and at the same level as the first event six years ago!” says Justine Drake, the food festival director.

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Tickets for the 2013 Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town

Tickets for the 2013 Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town festival can be purchased online via Itickets.co.za or by phoning +27 (0) 861 000 291. Crowns, which are the official currency of the festival, are available at the festival or as part of select ticket packages. (see below for details).

  • Standard tickets cost R80p/p and include a tasting glass (no Crowns).
  • Premium tickets are priced at R180p/p and include entry as well as R100 worth of Crowns.
  • Taste Clubhouse tickets are priced at R685p/p and include entrance to the festival, R150 worth of Crowns, a 2013 Taste of Cape Town gift as well as access to the private clubhouse, where guests can take advantage of the complimentary bar service.

Do note that tickets purchased for a specific day will not be valid for the rest of the festival.

Crowns at the 2013 Pick n Pay Taste Of Cape Town – How it works

Crowns are the official festival currency used to purchase food and drinks from the restaurants, bars and exhibitors. Crowns can also be purchased using cash or credit card at the event from the Taste Bank or from roaming Crown sellers dressed in pink. Each Crown is worth R5, and each dish costs between 4 and 8 Crowns. Change is offered in Crowns only.

Date: 11 Apr 2013 – 14 Apr 2013
Time: 13:00 – 22:30
Venue: Green Point Cricket Club
Location: Cnr Vlei and Fritz Sonnenberg Roads | Green Point
Price: R80p/p – R685p/p
Phone: +27 (0) 21 418 4516
Website: www.tasteofcapetown.com

source: CapeTownMag

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