Nitida Club Festival.

Nitida Wine Farm, located in the beautiful valleys of Durbanville, is not only renowned for they fantastic wines (there is 13 varieties to choose from!) but also their annual Club Member Party. Here regulars of the wine farm are treated to great food and brilliant wines on the house! Just to say thank you for everything. How many places go into so much effort? Well they do and then just go a little beyond.

Every table had some small plants with fresh herbs as a thank you gift, with a big glass filled with puzzle pieces. This year's theme was "the history of Durbanville". For instance did you know there used to be a canon on Bloemendal Estate's Hill to call local's to arms if need be? The locals have decided to bring the canon back and you can now visit the hill yourself.

As too the puzzles: the table that could finish theirs first won a price. Our table was so busy drinking we were last...but we didn't mind! Just look at all the bottles and glasses! Nidita has stopped producing Pintage (I almost started crying as it was my favourite!) and replaced it with a Pinot Noir (which I grudgingly have to admit is better than the Pinotage) and a new wooded Sauvingnon Blanc called "Wild Child". It was crisp and clear and I can't wait to have it on a picnic. The Wild Child isn't available yet for purchase at the Cellar but will be soon (Club Members must have some privileges).

To follow the theme we had "traditional" type food and started of with a roasted butternut soup, wholewheat croutons, a smidgen of cream and chopped chives. We also had fresh bread and real butter. 

Dinner was a Curry Lamb Kebab (really traditional) that was so soft I could eat it with just a fork! The kebab (sosatie) was covered in additional curry sauce which was fantastic. With it was samp, another traditional corn type salad with veggies. We also had roasted vegetables and salad on the side.

Pudding was the best part for me (see - I am addicted to sugar!) which was a Malva Pudding with homemade vanilla ice cream, sugar snap biscuit and homemade custard. Devine! Not too sweet, with a lovely warm sponge pudding and the cold ice cream on top. Heaven.

Oh and thank you to Rudi Le Roux for some of the food photo's!

As always we had a fantastic year and can't wait for the next one! Why not visit one of the two restaurants being  Cassia  or Tables.

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