The South African Cheese Festival
5th April 2013, Posted in Autumn events, Things to do
One Cheesy Festival
In the mood for cheese? Who isn’t! From the 26th to the 28th of April this year, Sandringham just outside of Stellenbosch will play host to one very cheesy festival. The event was named the 2012 best Trade and Consumer Exhibition for events 12 000m2 and larger. With the focus on all things cheese, it annually attracts more than 30 000 cheese fans from around the country.
With such a prestigious award to live up to following last year’s event, this year promises to be the biggest and best yet. Nowhere in South Africa will you find such a variety of cheese under one roof, with exhibitors from all over the country showing off their finest and newest cheese. Expect more than 35 tons of cheese on display at the festival for you to try out!
Photographer Andrew Gorman, supplied by Agri-Expo.
Highlights of the Festival
- A cheese – carving competition to merge food into art will be sure to bring culinary delight to your eyes instead of your stomach. Leftover cheese will be donated to charities around Stellenbosch and there is an opportunity to enter the competition with great prizes to be won.
- Extended festival times on the Friday night to enjoy the full- moon festivities. Enjoy your newly- bought cheese paired with a moonlight picnic and a delicious sundowner or two. A perfect start to an autumn weekend.
- While the festival is about trying and buying the latest cheese offerings, it is also about learning from the experts and trying new cheeses. The Food Theatre programme is aimed at visitors wishing to sharpen up their cooking skills. Prominent “foodies” ready to enlighten you with their culinary skills include; Arina du Plessis from Landbouweekblad, Hilary Biller from Sunday Times Food Weekly and Vicky de Beer from Rooi Rose.
- Popular personalities at the festival include Nataniӫl as he delights festival- goers with Shaleen Surtie Richards, Brümilda van Rensberg, Jenny Morris and Sarie food editor Herman Lensing in the Checkers Theatre.
- For the young ones, there is plenty to keep them entertained with jumping castles, karaoke, a Milk Factory with goats, cows and sheep (sure to delight even the older festival- goers) and much more!
- The Cheese Festival features a Dairy Square, Carnival Park and a Meander area, so there’s plenty to keep you cheesy- grinned during your visit.
Tips for Visitors
- While most of the event provides cover, it is still an outdoor event so make sure to be prepared for all weather conditions.
- No domestic animals are allowed and toddlers would be better off in a ‘baby backpack’ than a push cart.
- A cooler bag for your goodies as well as something to wipe your cheesy hands with would be a good idea.
- At the festival there will be ATM’s, parking near the entrance, festival programmes, free tickets at the Cheese Emporium for events taking place during the day and tasting glasses at the gate for R15. You will also be allowed to bring your own tasting glass.
It is a day out for the whole family whether young or old as you can expect more than 7475m2 of roofed space so everyone can enjoy the festival come rain or shine! For more, please visit: