Taste of Cape Town is my absolute favourite foodie event but it can get a little pricey at the end of the day. You can easily spend R200 worth of scoins before you have even realised it’s happened. So here’s my strategy for stretching those scoins!
NOTE: 1 scoin = R5
Try everything! There is so much at the event that is free: chocolate, ice cream, chutneys, chillis, salts and brownie tasters. There is so much to do without spending any scoins at all! Here’s a run down of a few free things that I loved last night. If you love the product – buy some! They are there to make the monies so support them if their products warrant support.
These are some of my favourites that I tried. The Oryx salt is incredibly pure and from the Kalahari – they’re an incredible brand all about working towards sustainability, green practices and giving back to the community. AND they make great salt – the wine salt is a must try. Delicious on a steak or over fresh figs!
Pronto Mama is a long standing favourite and I’m obsessed with their products! My favourite is the tomato and aubergine sauce – oh happiness! They even serve you these fancy pants crostinis with their tomato pasata sauce with brie and basil for freee! Absolute taste sensation!
The Broken Oven now has a fully functional oven and we tried some delicious brownie samples from them! No photos because I ate them all – haha!
There are also plenty of chuntneys, chillis and sauces all over the place which you’re free to taste. Quality Pickles has got some delicious things on offer to taste. Cape Mountain Charcuterie has some amazing chorizo, french style cured meats and more local options. Really delicious and great to sample with some of the beer on offer.
The chocolate tasters here are from Alexander Avery Fine Chocolates – the milk chocolate is incredible and the dark chocolate is rich. You need to visit this stand just to see the beautiful hand-crafted Easter eggs. They look like chocolate Faberge eggs and are just exquisite. The eggs are created with pistachios, cranberries or little chocolate balls breaking out from the inside. And each chocolate egg is packaged in a little Asian influenced paper package.
Lavender and Lime is a new find of the festival and I’m obsessed! Try the bread dipped in white truffle oil and their sesame seed dukha! Amazing – I could eat it all day! Another must try is their pomegranate or strawberry balsamic. I love the beautiful colourful packaging.
The Wilde at Heart cordials are brilliant and I currently have their rose geranium cordial and ginger cordial in my fridge. Go have a taster, but be warned: you won’t be able to resist another full cup!
Beer and wine is sadly not free but tasters are very affordable. A taster is only a scoin and you get a pretty generous tasting! There is an entire craft beer section with some really exciting beers to try from traditional Belgian beer, Mitchells in Knysna and some new kids on the block – Red Sky and Apollo. Beers to try for non beer drinkers: Red Sky Savvy Blond, which is a beer and sauvignon blanc blend – very cool! They also make a gluten free beer for something unusual to try. Apollo’s IPA and Amber Ale has had some seriously rave reviews from my beer drinking friends. Go give them a try- and a little support as the new kids on the block. Castle is pairing their milk stout with chocolate brownies or chocolate truffles, which should be interesting at least.
And now my biggest ‘free’ secret of all. Swing by the Pick n Pay Chef’s Theater. There are some amazing events that are completely free. The highlight of my Friday night was the showdown of beer vs wine hosted by Lucy Corne and Cathy Marston. These ladies were absolutely fantastic with pro beer / wine banter for the entire 30 minute show. We tried 3 food pairings with each food item being paired with one beer and one wine and then we would vote on the better pairing. The food was outstanding and cooked by the wonderful Silwood Kitchen. As a non-beer drinker I was shocked to find myself voting for a beer pairing!
So look out for what is going on at the Pick n Pay Chef’s Theater and make sure to get there a little before the event begins to secure a good seat!
The Lindt tent is a good stop for sheer chocolate awe! They have tiny slab tasters that range from mint, orange, salt and 70% cocoa. I would recommend the salt – delicious! If you do have some scoins, a little Lindt truffle will only set you back 1 scoin a pop which is great value for money. I also hear that the Lindt hot chocolate is not to be missed!
BONUS money saver: If you got a complimentary ticket/ ticket without a tasting glass- bring your own tasting glass. It will save you the R10 you would have had to spend on the glass.
UPDATE: I discovered the Pick n Pay Wine & Canape experience! This has got to be the best value for money at the Taste of Cape Town! You spend thirty minutes learning to make three canapes and trying three different wines for 3scoins!! That’s only R15 for 3 canapes and 3 wines – absolute bargain!
We learnt to make salmon croutons, sticky plum sauce chicken wraps clipped together with a tiny peg and a gorgeous Eton Mess! YUM! This is another must do at The Taste of Cape Town!
Tickets: R80 pp
Venue: Green Point Cricket Club, Corner of Vlei Road & Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point
Times: Times: Saturday 5th: 1pm til 5pm, and 6:30pm til 10:30pm. Sunday 6th: 1pm til 6pm