The background to how this festival originated is quite interesting and I was fortunate enough to hear it from one of the co-founders herself, Marilyn Cooper such a lovely individual. In 2004 she attended a braai (braai, pronounced “bry”, rhyming with the word “cry” is Afrikaans for “barbecue” or “roast” and is a social custom in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia) with her neighbor, Mnikelo Mangciphu in Pretoria and noticed that he was drinking from a glass with a beer festival logo on and decided to throw the idea of a wine festival out there. Needless to say, it was well received by Mnikelo and plans were set in motion to organize the first wine festival in Soweto.
It’s 11 years after that day and I’ve attended the festival for the first time this year and was pleasantly surprised and impressed. It was hosted at Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown for the first time this year and not even the rain or cold were able to keep people away, it was packed and there was something for everyone. There was a big variety of cheese, I mean what is wine without cheese anyway? fashion in the true spirit of Africa, wine tasting, entertainment from local artists,competitions and loads more. Wine makers from all over came to Soweto to showcase their products from Robertsons and lesser known brands such as Eikenvlei who stole my heart with the most amazing wine ever! Those who know me would tell you that I absolutely love white wine and they made it better! Their latest product (will be on the market soon) is a combination of white wine and champagne, an explosion of sparkling fruit in your mouth, delicious. I’ve subscribed to their mailing list and will keep you updated on when this specific wine will be available to the public.
The fashion showcased was a true reflection on Africa with prints, beads and colour, absolutely vibrant! I didn’t really have time to capture pictures but our team captured the event in all its glory and it will be shown on our show soon with yours truly as the host. Stay tuned to The Capital Breakfast on Tshwane TV (Dtsv 262) weekdays 07h15-08h00 (CAT), we will also upload the episode to YouTube for you to relive the festival with us.