Don your gumboots, pashminas and rain dance your way to the annual Soup Sip and Bread winter festival in the Durbanville Wine Valley. Look out for indulgent soup and wine pairings like gewürztraminer with sweet potato soup, and merlot with hearty beef soup. Celebrate winter; revel in feel-good fire places and cosy conversation. Kick off the season abundantly and with heart on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2012.
Now in its 4th year, the Soup, Sip and Bread event will once again have visitors flocking from far and wide to the wine route a mere 20 minutes from the city centre. The soups are homemade, the breads freshly baked and artisanal, the diverse range of wines a perfect match, and the setting heavenly for a day with friends and family.
Taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the art of food and soup pairing, and searching their cellars for soulful partners to team up with soups, chowders, bisque and gumbos are Groot Phesantekraal Farm (Phizante Kraal Wines), Klein Roosboom, Nitida, Meerendal, Hillcrest, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, De Grendel, D’Aria, Bloemendal and Altydgedacht.
“Discover the intimate wine route’s luscious reds snuggling up to soups, stews and traditional bredies,” invites Thys Louw, Chairperson of the Durbanville Valley Wine Association. “Bring family and friends along for the warm company, hot music and great pairings. Meander from farm to farm or settle in at your favourite spot for the day, feasting on winter-inspired dishes and sipping on wine.
“And for those who think the Durbanville area is limited to summery sauvignon blanc, our reds holds a special surprise, keeping in mind that merlot and shiraz are the second and third most planted cultivars in the valley,” he adds. “Festival-goers will discover just how flirty merlot – the Durbanville Wine Valley’s signature red – can be around food.”
A 2011 Pinotage launches with a lamb and lentil soup and a delightful Thai green curry butternut soup with naan bread and their popular Gewürztraminer. Altydgedacht is about South Africa fusion. Join their slow food movement at Eat@Altydgedacht.
Bon Amis at Bloemendal takes you on a trip round the world but with a focus on South African ingredients. Enjoy live cooking demonstrations, and warming live music.
Gluhwein at D’Aria and traditional soups with roosterkoek.
The newly launched De Grendel Restaurant leaves no desire unfulfilled with a three course soup experience. Indulge in French onion, croutons & Gruyère soup, potato, sweetcorn, truffle & corn bread, Goulash & dumplings, Dahl (lentil, tomato, curry), red onion & naan bread and a nostalgic bread & butter pudding vanilla "soup".
Diemersdal Estate invites family and friends to a winter inspired soup and bread buffet in the beautifully restored horse stables. Add an informal wine tasting and some light music and your weekend will be perfect.
The Eatery at Durbanville Hills will offer a soup buffet lunch on both days. The menu includes four different soups each paired with selected wines and oven-fresh breads. The weekend’s festivities include the first “Chase the Sunset” Trail Run which will take place on the Saturday evening. There will also be a soup buffet afterwards with live music.
Groot Phesantekraal ignites some Italian passion with inspired soups and breads paired with their warm welcoming wines.
Hillcrest gets cosy for the cold with comfort soups, homemade quiches, curries and chicken pie. Relax, warm up and sway to the live music.
Klein Roosboom does a Red wine Fondue in the Cellar. Enjoy soup-shooters on arrival and Vytjie’s Famous Farm Bread and decadent chocolate dessert and coffee station. Only 40 seats available in the cellar for Friday 1 June and Sunday 3 June. Café Ruby at Klein Roosboom will also be adding soup and bread to their weekend menu in the restaurant.
Meerendal offers a trio of roasted tomato and red pepper soup, Moroccan lamb and a mussel soup. All available at the Bistro restaurant and the Deli at the Tasting Room. Takeaways of the soup will also be available.
Cassia at Nitida serves up five recipes that have been delighting diners at the restaurant for the past 2 years. Served out of potjies enjoy smoked haddock and chive, minestrone, lamb bredie, prawn bisque and French onion soup, all served with a freshly baked panini. Lamb spit burgers and foot long hot dogs will also be served, all to the beat of Ricky Nass.
For programmes and directions visit www.durbanvillewine.co.za. Bookings need to be made with the farms directly.