Robertson slowly does it again

by Robertson Wine Valley
Discerning wine- and food-lovers flocking to the Valley to soak up the charm and simple pleasure of country life at Robertson Slow 2011.  
The fifth Robertson Slow, the Robertson Wine Valley’s unique slow-living food and wine festival, once again saw hosts of wine-lovers, from wide and far, heading out to the country to soak up the relaxed pace and simples pleasures on offer at Slow: satiating their senses with slow food and fine wines and cherishing the honest, old-fashioned, rural hospitality that is synonymous with the Robertson Wine Valley.

The Robertson Wine Valley hosts four well-loved annual events at home, however, it is the discerning wine-and food-lover who seeks out the ‘rustige’ feel of Slow, who yearns to get to know the wine-farmers and wine-makers and their respective families, and to enjoy their tranquil lifestyle.

Spoilt for choice, visitors indulged in a wide variety of activities, including: blending your own wine; wine-tasting and dinner in the homes of the local wine-making families, savouring traditional cuisine and family recipes; learning to make your own limoncello, pasta or gnocchi; browsing and shopping at the Robertson Valley Regional Food Market, discovering the art of bee-keeping and making honey; strolling in the fynbos, and listening to tales of old from the Valley’s “old guns”, the pioneers of the Robertson Wine Valley, at the Breede River Hospice Fundraising Dinner.

“Slow 2011 went marvellously well. We were very busy for a Slow festival, with visitors from afar taking full advantage of the public holiday on the Tuesday to spend an extra long weekend in the Valley”, said an overjoyed Elizma Spangenberg, manager of the Robertson Wine Valley. “The weather was absolutely perfect: cold enough for visitors to appreciate the intimate dinners in the evening, but bright sunshine ensured that the daytime events were enjoyed to the fullest. Some of the new activities were fully booked three weeks in advance – so much so that one of them, the bee-keeping at Wildepaardekloof will be taking place once a month from now on!

The market on the Sunday was a huge success, with wine, food, arts and crafts and other yummy goodies selling out in record time. And the Breederiver Hospice fundraising evening raised R30 000 for our hospice, thanks to the generosity of the wineries, staff, suppliers and patrons at the event. The Valley is proud to say that Robertson Slow 2011 certainly did not disappoint, once again proving that Slow is an event not to be missed!”

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