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Taste of Cape Town 2014

Autumn in Cape Town, possibly my favourite time of year. There is a chill in the air, but it’s still sunny during the day and my cat is extra generous with her purr-filled snuggles. It’s also time for one of my favourite food themed events, Taste of Cape Town.

The event started yesterday evening and runs until Sunday and is once again being held at the Green Point Cricket Club. Tickets cost R80 for a standard ticket (R100 at the door), R180 for a premium ticket (R200 at the door) and R685 for Taste Clubhouse Experience tickets. All tickets include entry to the festival and a wine tasting glass, a premium ticket includes R100 worth of Scoins (the festival currency) and a clubhouse experience ticket includes R150 worth of Scoins plus complimentary bar service in the private clubhouse and a Taste of Cape Town gift.

There are seven participating restaurants this year, plus an additional two pop-up restaurants which will change each day, offering tasting portions of three dishes each. Alongside the restaurants there are various theatres and experience tents where you can participate in a hands on session or watch a dish being prepared. As well as a food market featuring artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries.

I attended the festival last night and was lucky enough to receive complimentary entry to the event for myself and Richard (my boyfriend). Our game plan for each year’s event is to share the dishes we buy so we get to taste a wider variety and make our Scoins go a bit further. Here are some of the dishes we tried.

Seared cob with white bean and fennel salad from Il Leone Mastrantonio at @TasteOfCT Fish tacos. Corn tortillas filled with beer-battered kingklip, shredded cabbage & tangerine red onion salsa from Cosecha at @TasteofCT A Blue Dissolve and Vinofusion cocktail at the @Consol_Glass Mixology stand at @TasteofCT
Cured blesbok. Rooibos & citrus cured venison tartare, salt baked beetroot, pickled onion, apple gel, walnut crumble & labneh from Azure at @TasteofCT Burrara cheese, semi-dried tomatoes & basil oil from Burrata at @TasteofCT Herb & macadamia nut-crusted Karoo lamb cutlet with minted jus from Camissa Brasserie at @TasteofCT
Coffee-cocoa ribs. Pork ribs marinated in coffee, cocoa & spices. Chargrilled & served with feta esquites. From Cosecha at @TasteofCT Rainbow cheesecake with mixed berry compote from Camissa Brasserie at @TasteofCT Hibiscus flower ice lolly to end the evening, from @LasPaletasCT at @TasteofCT

Top: Seared cob from Il Leone, fish tacos from Cosecha, Consol Mixology cocktails
Middle: Cured blesbok from Azure, Burrata from Burrata, lamb cutlet from Camissa Brasserie
Bottom: Coffee-cocoa ribs from Cosecha, rainbow cheesecake from Camissa Brasserie, hybiscus flower ice lolly from Las Paletas

Check out my Taste of Cape Town 2013 Instagram roundup to see what we tasted last year.

Instagram Roundup – Taste of Cape Town 2013

Last night my boyfriend and I attended Taste of Cape Town. I usually like to attend the first evening to avoid the crowds, but I was lucky enough to win a double ticket from for the Friday session. The crowds were manageable and the weather was pretty good. It was a bit chilly but the wind that had been blowing on Thursday night was completely gone. We had a lovely evening and got to taste some delicious dishes.

Here are the items we tried.

Duck liver cream, pickled red apple and leek mignonette from Azure. #TasteofCT Duck, edamame bean, five spice, potpourri risotto from De Grendel. #TasteofCT Brasserie Scotch egg with smoked paprika aioli from The Brasserie. #TasteofCT
Nobu-style thin slices of line fish with during onions& ginger, drizzled with hot sesame oil & finished with a soy reduction & wasabi mayonnaise from 96 Winery Road. #TasteofCT Karoo "lams sout-ribbetjie" braised with wild herbs & served with wild garlic potato custard from Fyndraai. #TasteofCT Black River Coffee Stout from @BostonBreweries at the @thecraftbeerpro stand. #TasteofCT
We did a facilitated tasting at the @Inverroche gin stand. Lovely local gins made using Cape fynbos. #TasteofCT Slow roasted beef short rib, grilled rib-eye, goats cheese arincini, miso-roasted sweetcorn, pickled beetroot & smoked bbq jus grim Signal. #TasteofCT Ended the evening with these fresh #Lindt pralines. #TasteofCT

Top: Duck liver cream from Azure | Duck, edamame & five spice risotto from De Gegrendel | Scotch egg from The Brasserie
Middle: Nobu-style sashimi from 96 Winery Road | Lamb soutribbetjie from Fyndraai | Boston‘s Black River Coffee Stout from The Craft Beer Project
Bottom: Inverroche gin | Beef short rib, rib-eye and goats cheese arincini from Signal | Fresh Lindt pralines