Event: Waterblometjie Festival

2012-09-27 09:54
South Africa’s distinctive vegetable will again be celebrated on 6 October, at the fourth annual Waterblommetjie Festival.

South Africa’s unique cuisine is celebrated

South Africa’s distinctive vegetable will again be celebrated on 6 October, at the fourth annual Waterblommetjie Festival which is presented jointly in Agter-Paarl by Windmeul Cellar and Rhebokskloof Estate. This is a unique opportunity for food and wine lovers because it is the only waterblommetjie culinary festival of its kind in the country. Waterblommetjies dishes predate the arrival of the first Europeans in 1652.

“It is general knowledge that waterblommetjies are one of the Cape’s first foods that were used as a nutritional substance and a very tasty dish, which will always be part of the Boland’s character and history. It therefore is very appropriate that this festival is presented by Windmeul and Rhebokskloof. After all, Paarl is the third oldest town in South Africa,” says Danie Marais, cellar master and manager of Windmeul. 

This is an opportunity for people who have never cooked their own waterblommetjie meal, to taste the variety of potjiekos dishes prepared at Windmeul and others by chefs in the kitchen at Rhebokskloof. This special, healthy cuisine from the Boland is to be enjoyed and paired with a wide range of wines. The waterblommetjie sprouts during winter and the cold wet weather this year has resulted in a bounty of plants in farm dams around the region. This nutritional vegetable is mainly used in stews and soups.

Food lovers can also get involved. You can participate in the Windmeul Waterblommetjie Potjiekos Competition, and to enter get in contact with the organisers at windmeul@iafrica.com. The winning team will receive a case of Windmeul wines, or a proof of payment for the same amount. Chefs at Rhebokskloof will produce different waterblommetjie dishes and winemakers will do a wine pairing to match them. Food lovers are welcome to send their favourite waterblommetjie recipes to info@rhebokskloof.co.za and the person who enters the best recipe will win six bottles of Rhebokskloof wines with a free meal for two people. The winners will be announced at the festival. 

The Waterblommetjie Festival coincides with the third anniversary of the ever growing and very popular Farmers’ Market (08:00 – 12:30) at Windmeul, one of South Africa’s top wine stars in 2011.

As of 2011 the festival also became part of Rhebokskloof’s presentations of food, wine and music offerings at their restaurant and outdoor entertainment areas. This is one of the most beautiful farms in Paarl and at the heart of Paarl Mountain.

The Waterblommetjie Festival on 6 October starts at Windmeul from 08:00 until 15:00, with the Farmers Market (08:00 to 12:30) in conjunction with the Waterblommetjie Potjiekos Competition. Waterblommetjie dishes will be for sale as a takeaway and live music is part of the atmosphere. The kickoff at Rhebokskloof is 11:00 and carries on until 16:00. The winemakers will pair the cooked waterblommetjie dishes with the best wines and it happens during lunchtime from 12:30 to 14:00. Wine and food lovers will be able to tuck in and also enjoy the fare. The winning recipe will be available. Live music, entertainment for children, horse rides, quad bike and a hiking trail all form part of the festival.    

For more information, contact windmeul@iafrica.com or tel 021 869 8100 (Windmeul), or alternatively info@rhebokskloof.co.za, or tel 021 869 8386 (Rhebokskloof).

Caption for photograph:

Rolanie Lotz (winemaker, Rhebokskloof) and Pieter Rossouw (winemaker, Windmeul) are surrounded by waterblommetjies in the Boland, between Paarl and Wellington. The Waterblommetjie Festival takes place on 6 October at Windmeul and Rhebokskloof to celebrate this indigenous vegetable and a fine wine pairing. Photograph: Maryke Marais.

Full programme:

Windmeul

08:00 – 12:30: Farmer’s Market

08:00 - 15:00: Waterblommetjie Festival with live music and entertainment for children, Waterblommetjie Potjiekos Competition (you can enter), wine and takeaway waterblommetjie dishes for sale.

Rhebokskloof

11:00 – 16:00: Horse rides, quad bike, entertainment for children, live music.

12:30 – 14:00: Waterblommetjie cooking (send your recipe for the chefs to use) and winemakers’ wine and food pairing. Food and wine for sale. Winning recipes will be available.

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