This weekend sees the return of the Soup, Sip & Bread Festival, an annual winter festival held in the Durbanville Wine Valley.
As is pretty obvious from the name, it’s all about soups, wine and bread, and all participating wineries have their own special menus for the weekend. According to organisers, the soups are homemade, the breads freshly baked and artisanal, the matching wines diverse and carefully chosen.
There’s no single pass for the festival – the idea is to wander from estate to estate, trying out what they have to offer.
These are the highlights, taken from the festival programme:
- 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.