Margate Beer Festival, a brewing SUCCESS

2015-07-09 06:00
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The popular ‘Come dine with Dee’ stall offer oysters and champagne (from left, behind table) Kelly Starr, Zintle Khuzwayo, Delene Starr with customers Maria de Cock (left) and Oscar Swandlund on the other side of the table.

PHOTOS: precious Gumede The popular ‘Come dine with Dee’ stall offer oysters and champagne (from left, behind table) Kelly Starr, Zintle Khuzwayo, Delene Starr with customers Maria de Cock (left) and Oscar Swandlund on the other side of the table.

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TOURIST’S and locals made their way to Margate beach front over the weekend to try various types and brands of beers at the Margate Hook, Vine and Craft Beer Festival.

Ugu Tourism Ceo Justin Mackrory said the turn-out for this event was not as expected however, it was the first such festival.

“Given that this was the first event of its type I believe the concept has the potential to grow as an important value­-adding feature in the mid-year holiday programme.

“Although higher attendance figures were anticipated, those who did attend enjoyed the relaxed ambience and setting within a quasi café-el fresco­ setting next to Margate beach.

“The combination of cuisine, wine, craft beer and light entertainment is, in my opinion, a good recipe for visitor enjoyment,” said Mackrory.

Tourism will engage with the event promoter, the area committee and interested parties to determine a growth objective for 2016 he said.

One of the brewers shared the secret­ of his variety of flavoured beers.

Andy Turner of Basset Breweries in Pennington said his beers are European­ with a twist of South Coast style.

“We take traditional European beer and develop recipes to suit the South Coast climate - we just made them lighter in texture,” said Turner.

Three ladies of Toti Brewing Company caught the attention of many as they offered flavoured ale.

Brenda Coetzer said it takes about six weeks for the beer to be ready

“It takes about six weeks to make our flavoured beer, we have seven flavours­ - Pilsner, German wheat beer, Berry infused pale ale (berry and cherry), American amber ale (caramel and litchi), American pale ale (fruity flavours), Indian pale ale (granadilla and passion fruit) and Dark chocolate ale (chocolate and coffee),” said Coetzer.

Wines from Western Cape and local sea food dishes were also available.

The festival ended on Sunday with performances from Cornelius and the Kickstands from Durban

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