Big Bottle Food and Wine Festival

It doesn't get bigger than this: big brands, culinary giants and monstrous magnum wines!


Back for its fourth year, the Big Bottle Festival promises to be better and bigger than before. Top-notch vintages and rare, large format bottles are being dug out of the depths of cellars, and some of Mzansi’s most respected chefs are engineering innovative culinary creations for this two-day food and wine affair at The Reserve in the swanky Taj Hotel from Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 August 2014.

The South African version of this almost decade-old festival in Germany is aimed at those with a grape passion for vino and is a must-attend for serious wine fanatics. The festival features tailored events for budding vintners and gastronomes and a less formal wine walk-about offers lovers of vino to sip on exclusive wines and bubblies.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2014 BIG BOTTLE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

BIG BOTTLE TASTING: This year’s event features 40 of South Africa’s most prestigious wine producers, who will be scouring their cellars for their finest big bottle masterpieces. For newcomers to the event, expect wines of rich and complex flavours – big bottles, which are traditionally prepared for special occasions and limited release are produced with a lower oxygen to wine ratio, meaning more finely interwoven textures and greater depth of flavour. Guests can expect to sample from the likes of Cape Point Vineyards, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Luddite, Paul Cluver, Raats Family Wines, Mullineaux Family Wines and Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

GOURMAND DINNER: This indulgent dining affair will be held on the Friday evening, and is set to pair culinary delights with some of the world’s finest wines. This year’s theme is ‘My Love & My Mistress” in honour of organiser, Jörg Pfützner's passion for both Riesling and Pinot Noir. Tickets for the dinner cost R2600p/p and booking is essential.

WALK-ABOUT TASTING: The popular big bottle walk-about on Saturday, 29 August 2014 offers guests the chance to sip and swirl some of South Africa’s finest vintages from large bottle formats. Visitors will also be able to ‘dine around’, tasting delectable canapés and small dishes prepared by celebrity chefs. All this goes down in four differently themed rooms in The Reserve of the chic Taj Hotel. Guests can expect to sample plates from industry giants such as Rudi Liebenberg from Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson, Gregory Czarnecki from Waterkloof Restaurant, Brad Ball from Steenberg’s Bistro 1682, Shyam Longani from the Taj and Christian Harbeck from Raith Gourment. Each chef will be provided with a predetermined theme around which to create complementary dishes and this year’s themes are: Modern Classics, Champagne and Sparkling wines, Wines of Elegance and Wild Ferment. The unique layout of the Taj Hotel will allow for a one-on-one experience, where guests will be able to interact with each of the chefs.

VIP LOUNGE: The Big Bottle Festival organisers will host an exclusive VIP Lifestyle Lounge this year. VIP and celebrity guests can relax and indulge in the select offerings in a private setting. Fine whisky, cigars, art, rare watches and jewellery will complement the delectable wine and culinary delights.

TICKETS FOR THE 2014 BIG BOTTLE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za, and prices vary according to the event:

Gourmand Dinner

Friday, 29 August: 8pm

R2600p/p

Walk-about Tasting

Saturday, 30 August: 3:00pm – 8pm

R450p/p

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