Pssssst! Win a Ticket to Spier Secret Food Festival in association with Toffie Food

It’s no secret, I will be hosting a Spier Secret Dinner this Saturday along with a number of talented food personalities. I have a wonderful cast of friends on board, so while I can not give you any details about what’s planned (the secret part) I can share with you some of their mug shots….scroll down. Pretty lot, eh?

Furthermore, and close to my heart, this year’s festival is associated with the Peninsula Scheme Feeding Association (web site being updated) which feeds school children in need across the Western Cape. You can not teach a hungry child, and we hope to raise awareness for them and encourage attendees to ‘adopt’ a child for R370, for an entire year. Very doable.

** Illustration and animation by Mary-Jane Oliver
Produced by One.Dog.Chicken Productions


The conference ticket for this weekend goes to Megan Raymond.

The set of tickets to the Saturday Market goes to Tania Horne.

Congratulations and enjoy!

Beyond Exciting

  • You could win a ticket to the weekend conference of food inspiration from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 28 October 2012 at Spier Wine Estate worth R1500!
  • Also up for grabs two tickets to the market on Saturday, worth R70 each.

This is what the organisers say the Spier Secret Festival entails:

“The Secret Festival is a weekend event from 27-28 October at Spier exploring the latest in food and wine trends. Secrets of all kind will be revealed — from secret ingredients and family recipes to South Africa’s best-kept wine secret,Chenin Blanc. The festival includes art installations, talks, presentations, workshops, tastings, unforgettable meals, Secret Home Dinners, a Saturday food and wine market, mini cookbook fair and Sunday braai-off.

Saturday’s Secret Food and Wine Market is open to both ticket holders and the public. The market has been curated by Yang Zhao and Jade de Waal. Tickets are R70 for adults and include a wine glass and five Spier wine tasting vouchers (strictly over 18’s only). Kids under 18 pay R40 to enter and kids under 12 enter free. The market will be open from 10:00 — 16:00. Just follow the signs to the SECRET FOOD AND WINE MARKET when you arrive at Spier. Tickets can be booked at Computicket or at the SECRET MARKET TICKET OFFICE on the day.

The market will offer a wide variety of food, treats, home-baked goods plus lots of games and activities for young and old. We have tons of surprises lined up – from toffee apple trees to miniature ponies and helium-filled hippos. Don’t miss any of the fun. “

For more information, please visit:

 Want to Win?

Share you favourite food and wine pairing in a comment in no more than 4 sentences. Simple.

Oh and give the Food and the Fabulous and the Toffie Pop Culture FB pages a like, if you like them.

Competition Rules 

1. One entry on the blog, per person. The conference is in Stellenbosch this Saturday, so keep this in mind.

2. If you have not liked the Food and Fabulous FaceBook page yet please have a visit here.

3. Leave a comment on this post, mention you liked the Food and the Fabulous and the Toffie Pop FB page, with your FB user name.

4. Tweet this for an additional entry (you can enter as many times as you wish via twitter, just include my handle and hashtag so that I can trace it)

“RT WIN A ticket worth R1500 to the @SpierSecret Food Festival with @Foodandthefab I entered here: #winSpierFood ” or

“RT WIN 2 tickets to the @SpierSecret Market with @Foodandthefab I entered here:  #winSpierMarket “

5. Competition will be open until Friday, 26 October 2012 at 11 30 am.

6. Winners will be elected via a random draw.

7. The Fab Kitchen’s decision will be final!


Hope you will be at my Secret Dinner!

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By |2017-04-10T15:07:09+00:00October 24th, 2012|Giveaway, Portfolio, The Fabulous|28 Comments


  1. Alicia October 24, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I also liked the Food and the Fabulous and the Toffie Pop FB page 🙂 Brilliant!

  2. Megan Raymond October 24, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Hey =) Liked both fb pages.

    The best food and wine pairing I’ve tried so far = Strawberry-biltong salad with a chilled dry white.

  3. Megan October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Yayyynesss…! I have liked both Food and the Fabulous and Toffie Pop Culture and Conference Festival Facebook Pages…xoxo 🙂

  4. Megan May October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Pssst….that would be “Megan May” -> ME 🙂

  5. Alicia October 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I love pairing lemon & herb grilled hake fillet with Chardonnay. It is fantastic in summer, delicious, healthy and light. SUPERB!

    I also liked the Food and the Fabulous and the Toffie Pop FB page 🙂 Brilliant!

  6. Anna van Dyk October 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I love food and I love your blog and I’m good at keeping secrets- please let me be secretly in love this weekend! And Anna van Dyk has liked the facebook page for Food and the Fabulous and Toffie Pop (no love button was available to click, I compromised)

  7. Tania Horne October 25, 2012 at 6:28 am - Reply

    I absolutely love pairing a great slow-cooked oxtail potjie with a lovely spicy Shiraz and for dessert, some fresh strawberries dipped into chocolate, chilled in the freezer with a lovely off-dry sparkling wine.

  8. Annika Ziehen October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I liked both pages. Can my wine be champagne? Then I would give the old classic a twist and say my favorite pairing is: Fried oyster po’boy with Bollinger champagne.

    • Annika Ziehen October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

      And Annika Ziehen is my Facebook name.

  9. Brian Hope October 25, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    My favorite food is lasagne. I know the cheese sauce tends to make the food a bit richer so I would say a Rioja crianza, a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or a Syrah/Malbec blend would be a great match. Hope I win, I love Spier. I have liked both the pages and my FB username is Brian Hope

  10. Colette October 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I have liked both pages

  11. Colette October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I have liked both pages. My FB name is Colette Blanchard.

  12. Nathaline October 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    The best combination I eva had grilled fish, mix veg and potatoe quaters in jacket raosted in garlic butter, a glass of fruity champagne.

    I sure like both FB pages.

  13. Linda October 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I love plain boerekos.

  14. Linda October 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I mentioned that I like plain boerekos. Seems like someone already mentioned it. What about just a nice braai with Spier wine.

  15. Elmarie October 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Delicious creamy, lemony risotto with a wooded chardonnay

  16. Talitha October 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I have liked both Food and the Fabulous and Toffie Pop Culture and Conference Festival Facebook Pages.
    Pinot Noir with Peking Duck, Cabernet with stir-fry beef dishes (if they’re not too hot), rich Chardonnay with Lobster Cantonese
    Facebook Username: Ta Li Tha

  17. Corine Pieters October 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    We just love a rich and hearty oxtail stew together with a merlot red wine, especially in winter!

  18. Georgie Prout October 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I love the pairing of veal osso bucco with milanese risotto and chardonnay – for me it is a match made in heaven. Served with gremolata it can really highlight the citrus notes sometimes found in Chardonnay. I have liked the Food & the Fab page as well as Toffie page.

  19. kaela bermeister October 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    BEST food and wine pairing for me recently is Chestnut tagliatelle with wild mushroom sauce and white truffle, and a soothing glass of Pinot Noir. Liked both pages and tweeted

  20. Tania Horne October 26, 2012 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I have liked both the Food and the Fabulous and the Toffie Pop FB page. Facebook name is Tania Horne

  21. Ben October 26, 2012 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I have liked both pages,and i found with a pasta dish, Perdeberg smooth red, Cabernet Sauvignon does the trick

  22. Marguerite October 26, 2012 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Spicy shiraz with a strawberry, rocket and gorganzola cheese salad, drizzeled with balsamic reduction

  23. valencia October 26, 2012 at 8:37 am - Reply

    My favourite pairing was the sliced salmon and avo crackers with natural sweet rose, and also the bacon, rocket,red oninon and tomatoe salad covered with hollondaise sauce paired with red wine…..lovely

  24. Elmari Swart October 26, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

    My fav pairing: layers of crushed roasted nuts and homemade vanilla icecream frozen together & cut into slices, served with spicy Zinfandel (Blaauwklippen’s work brilliantly!). And of course I like both your FB pages 😉

  25. Lynn Moyse October 26, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

    My favourite pairing is a medium rare fillet, only seasoned with salt and pepper, with a good cabernet sauvignon. You do not need 11 herbs and spices for a steak when it’s accompanied by a decent bottle of red.

    I liked both pages 😀 Facebook name: Lynn Jooste Moyse

  26. PIerre van wyk October 26, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I have like both is always devine, my favourite pairing is a lovely grilled rare rib eye steakwith scrumptious blue cheese sauce topping along with a glass of cappupino ccinotage….devine

  27. Chandré Joubert October 26, 2012 at 9:26 am - Reply

    An oldy, but a goodie: A proper wooded Chardonnay and generous bit of camembert cheese. Yumm

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