Last week, the East London Golf Club hosted the incredibly swanky Taste of the Cape event. As I’ve mentioned plenty of times, I’m always game for food-related events, so I couldn’t miss this.
The first thing I noticed, was the atmosphere. On arrival, it reminded me a lot of a fair like you’d find at the National Arts Festival, although people here were far better dressed.
Things got off to a good start when I walked into the dining tent and was immediately handed a glass of white wine. Sadly, I did not stop to check the brand, but it was certainly a refreshing start to the evening.
Past the tent was the main event hall where companies from across the Western Cape had set up their stalls. This was a drinks tasting event and there were products to satisfy any taste- buds from wine to whiskey and liqueur.
My first port of call was the Courvoisier stand to sample one of their fine cognacs. I found it smoother than I expected, without the burning sensation that some lower-end spirits can sometimes leave in back of the throat.
Next stop was Musgrave Gin to Musgroves who provided a shot of gin to wash down the cognac with a shot of gin.
I’ve always found gin to be a multi-sensory experience.
When you drink it, you’re not just enjoying the taste, but also the smell of the various botanicals that are infused into the liquid.
This was definitely the case here and the combined sensations of taste and smell made for a unique tasting.
MyThe highlight of my the evening was undoubtedly the liqueurs.
As my family can attest, I am a big liqueur fan and always make sure to have a bottle on standby at home.
My favourite was the Spirit of Rooibos milk tart tert shot, which was well worth its the R20. it cost. The shot was creamy and sweet with a very smooth finish.
If I had one disappointment with the evening, it was that the sushi on offer was a little drier than I would have liked, but given the occasion, I suppose it was to be expected.
All in all, the night was a wonderful taste experience.