MOSSEL BAY NEWS - During Mossel Bay's brand-new 'Proe Mosselbaai' festival, foodies will be given the opportunity to taste a variety of food including Portuguese tapas and Israeli cuisine.
The festival also includes a sunset dinner at Tembika's Township House, a spit braai amongst the vineyards, potjiekos and skaapkoppe as well as traditional Sunday lunch at Stoepsit.
Food and wine pairing menus offered by chefs Stefan Jamneck of Transkaroo Restaurant, and Emile Nel of Fynbos Gourmet Restaurant are some of the events that can be enjoyed. Dinners will be offered at the Lighthouse Restaurant at the Point Hotel, Solera Grande Reserve and at Stoepsit near Boggomsbaai.
At Café Gannet a feast of sole is on the menu – nine variations, all served with a complimentary glass of white wine.
Near Herbertsdale at wine farm Jakkalsvlei you can pick your own Hanepoot, and enjoy succulent lamb on the spit (accompanied by Mediterranean side-dishes) while listening to the music of celebrated artist Les Javan.
At nearby Indalu game reserve you can dine at the private home of Game Reserve manager Sias Van Rooyen (4 course meal and wine, shuttle service available) and watch the elephants while you eat. "Into the Wild" picnic lunches are also available along with an elephant ride.
At Little Brak River Portuguese tapas paired with Boplaas wines will be served at the Cool Bay Tasting Facility from Thursday to Saturday, and on Friday evening Israeli cuisine will be on the menu at Baruch's Coffee Roastery along with jazz and French music with a nostalgic vibe.
Saturday potjiekos and skaapkoppe are on the menu at Hartenbos. Food celebrity Jan Braai will judge the Proe Mosselbaai Potjiekos Competition, and there is also a skaapkop challenge (450 skaapkoppe to be eaten at once) with a cookery demonstration and skaapkop bites to sample. In town another potjiekos competition will take place - at the scenic Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club, close to Santos Beach.
There will be various markets to visit: the Friday afternoon Prince Vintcent Archway Food Market will be open as usual, at the Mossel Bay Mall there will be a Fresh Foods Market, a gourmet market at the Craft Art Workshop, and two Saturday morning markets in the historical town of Friemersheim.
Learn how to make pasta and ravioli (Vera's Feast in Great Brak River will offer a hands-on cooking course), attend a wine course with an arty flavour close by, visit the Mossel Bay Mall for demonstrations and tasting's (product launches and promotions), and the Craft Art Workshop where daily food demonstrations are planned with music and entertainment.
The 'Proe Mosselbaai' festival is from Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March. Visit the website www.proemb.co.za for full details or contact Mossel Bay Tourism on 044 691 2202.