Festival to honour SA women

By Karishma Dipa Time of article published Jul 31, 2017

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Forget mundane Women’s Day celebrations this August.

This year, a Joburg wine outlet and a boutique hotel have decided to do something different to honour South African women.

This is as some of the country’s best female wine and spirit makers will showcase their own unique wine and gin at the upcoming Cradle of Food & Wine Festival.

The event will be held in the Cradle of Humankind just outside Joburg, at the prestigious Cradle Boutique Hotel on August 19.

“There are so many amazing women wine and gin makers that we thought we would celebrate their work and their products in August as part of Women’s Month,” said Cradle Boutique Hotel general manager Wayne Fisher.

Although the gathering is meant to commemorate women, Fisher insists that everyone is welcome.

“This not-to-be-missed event, which is open to the whole family,” she said.

The festival is organised by leading Johannesburg wine outlet ‘Wine Menu’ run by Corlien Morris which promises the very best.

Morris believes that spending the day in a scenic venue while relaxing and enjoying good food and drinks was a great way to celebrate Women’s Day.

Morris said premium wines on show include those by Catherine Marshal (Elgin); Swartland’s Huis van Chevallerie (winemaker Christa von La Chevallerie) and Kloovenburg (winemaker Jolandie Fouché).

Stellenbosch’s Haskell (winemaker Rianie Strydom); Franschhoek’s La Bri (winemaker Irene Waller); Greyton’s Lismore (owner and winemaker Samantha O’Keefe) and Waterkloof wine estate in Somerset West (Nadia Barnard) will also be available.

Those looking for something different also won’t be disappointed as Callan Williams will also present her lauded hand crafted wine brand The Garajeest and Carla Pauw from Stellenbosch will show both her Saltare wines and olive oils.

Those attending will also get to meet gin-makers Shanna-Rae Wilby from Time Anchor Distillery and Glyn Fench, who makes Flowstone in the Magaliesberg area.

Following the tastings, guests will have the option of purchasing a picnic hamper or pre-booking a lunch at the Cradle Boutique Hotel restaurant where they can choose from the a-la-carte menu.

While the adults indulge in the wines and gins, kids can also enjoy the event.

“Families who attend will be able to taste the wines and gins while their children can join the Cradle Explorers Club, which will have a trained guide to take them on a two-hour nature walk.”

The cost is R80 per child which includes a picnic box.

No food or pets to be brought into the venue.

Tickets for the wine and gin tasting only can be purchased from webtickets at R75 per person for over 18s. For more information, go to


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