Wining and dining in KwaMashu

2014-07-19 00:00

IF wine tasting, house music and fabulous food sound like a divine date, then you are in for a treat at the inaugural boutique Tops at Spar KwaMashu Wine & Lifestyle Festival.

Running at the K-Cap Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre at 25 Giya Road in KwaMashu on July 25 and 26, the event will feature 13 of South Africa’s leading wineries showcasing their premium wines.

Estates and producers exhibiting include: Meerlust, Simonsig, Haute Cabriere, Rietvallei, Rupert & Rothschild, Ernie Els Wines, De Grendel Wines and La Motte alongside iconic household names such as Cederberg, Robertson Winery and Leopard’s Leap.

Durban Tourism and the KZN Film Commission have been instrumental in the launch of the festival, which includes a special project undertaken to beautify the area near the venue and to inspire children who attend the primary school a short distance away.

Phillip Sithole, head of Durban Tourism, told Weekend Witness: “The festival creates the perfect platform from which to celebrate the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Durban and we are pleased that at the same time our vibrant culture and ekasi lifestyle of our townships, will be reflected and experienced during the two-day festival in KwaMashu.

“We acknowledge that events of this nature also uplift our local communities and we value the training programmes associated with this event.

“We look forward to a successful event in the heart of our energy-driven townships and we look forward to our locals being exposed to the art and lifestyle of wine which South Africa is famous for and plays an important role in promoting tourism.”

Bringing the heartbeat to the festival is avid believer in youth empowerment and flag bearer for house music DJ Euphonik, who says it will be his aim to “put smiles on people’s faces” on launch night, Friday, July 25. He will be playing his unique upbeat music while guests and visitors learn the art of wine tasting.

The art of wine tasting is not about drinking wine. It is about savouring, contemplating and discussing the characteristics of the wine with fellow tasters.

Tasting involves using your senses to evaluate the range of flavours, aromas and general characteristics of a wine. Tasting is done in five steps: smell, swirl, sip and savour and swallow, or when wine tasting, spit, to avoid getting too tipsy.

And for those new to the art, the organisers of the Tops at Spar KwaMashu Wine & Lifestyle Festival have organised “disco-wine”, a fun path to discovering wine because learning the art of wine tasting and etiquette can be intimidating.

“This festival is for everybody, from first-time toe dippers to wine connoisseurs … It starts with having fun as you ‘disco-wine’ in a non-intimidating environment in your own hood,” said festival spokesperson, Sharon Cooper.

For those wishing to broaden their knowledge, there is a free class on the art of wine and food pairing, presented by Busi Yende, manager of the North at the Cape Wine Academy.

She will take visitors through the principles of “wine and food pairing” and the reasons behind it in a fun and entertaining way. Sign up for the class and amaze your friends and family.

Hospitality training and management students will also be on hand to assist the wine exhibitors allowing wineries to focus on delighting the palates of visitors.

Mark Robinson, Tops at Spar group liquor manager, says: “We are incredibly excited to launch the inaugural Tops at Spar KwaMashu Wine & Lifestyle Festival, which will present South Africa’s finest wines to our KwaMashu residents, friends and invited VIPs. This festival promises to be a five-star event on the KwaZulu-Natal calendar and it all starts here!”

So, book your tickets now for an evening of wine, music, glamour and glitz. Tickets are R150 at — Arts Editor.

• For more information go to www.kwamashu or follow the festival on Twitter @KwaMashuFest or like the Facebook page ‘KwaMashuWineFestival’.

The Tops at Spar KwaMashu Wine & Lifestyle Festival is from the same team behind the 10th Tops at Spar Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival in September, an event that attracts 10 000 tourists into Soweto for a three-night wine festival. The team is also behind the Tops at Spar Gugulethu Wine Festival, which turns four next year.

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