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Swartland goes Mediterranean
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The Riebeek Valley in association with members of the Swartland Wine Route will be celebrating their Mediterranean roots with the inaugural MedFest from Friday, 27 March till Sunday, 29 March. This gastronomic weekend aims to highlight the striking similarities between the culinary and geographic landscapes of the Riebeek Valley and its Mediterranean counterparts and its influences on South Africa's culinary heritage.

According to Patron Ambassador of the MedFest and local farmer, Henk Bruwer, one of the cornerstone objectives of the festival is to promote agri-tourism in the Riebeek Valley and the broader Swartland region, positioning it alongside the conventional hospitality sector and its sub-sectors. "The MedFest is also a tribute to the centuries-long proud endeavours and perseverance of the farming community in this Valley. We have an abundance of wine, olives, a variety of fruit, wheat and vegetable produce that bears a strong resemblance to regions around the Mediterranean, such as Andalusia and Valencia in Spain, Rousilllon-Languedoc and Provence in France and Umbria and Campana in Italy. The difference is that ours is all under one roof, so to speak. The MedFest offers an incredible opportunity for visitors to entertain their wanderlust tastes by literally meandering through the Mediterranean in our own backyard," says Bruwer.

For visitors, this epicurean weekend has been made very simple with restaurants in the Riebeek Valley teaming up with local wineries, each team representing the cuisine of one of eight Mediterranean countries and islands. Each restaurant will offer its own themed set menu with a small selection of starters, main courses, desserts and a salad. The focus of each menu will be on authentic food from the country that is represented, made with the freshest local produce.

Gourmands, who want to sample a wider range of Mediterranean fair, can purchase tasting platters at the participating wineries. This casual meander will offer the opportunity to explore the bounty and beauty of the valley at a leisurely pace and enjoy excellent wines of the region.

The Riebeek Valley's wineries form an integral part of the Santam Swartland Wine Route. It is widely considered as one of the undiscovered wine gems of the country with a total of 20 members, including co-operatives, private cellars, garagistes and wine merchants. Located within easy reach from the Mother City, the route entices with its award-winning wines, rich diversity, warm hospitality and unique tourism offerings. The route stretches from Paardeberg in the south to the Berg River in the north and encompasses the beautiful Riebeek Valley, Malmesbury, Piketberg and Porterville.

Bookings for lunch or dinner can be done at the individual restaurants and the Riebeek Valley Tourism Bureau will provide special maps depicting all participating restaurants and wineries.

For more information, log on to either www.riebeekvalley.info, www.swartlandwineroute.co.za or phone (022) 487-1133.

Tel: +27.224612025   Fax: +27.224612028   Email: info@pulpitrock.co.za  
P.O. Box 1 De Gift, Riebeek Wes, 7306, South Africa