Champagne & Oysters in Durbanville

I don’t often visit the wine lands of Durbanville and I’m not exactly sure why that is because they’re very close to Cape Town and the area (once off the N7 and past the refinery) is quite beautiful. Last weekend I ended up in Durbanville on Saturday AND on Sunday. Sunday was the Champagne  & Oyster Festival at Bloemendal Wine Estate so we thought that would be the perfect way to spend a rainy Easter Sunday. I just had a chocolate Lindt bunny for breakfast and off we went. The entrance fee was R 75 which then included all the tastings and a tasting glass. Well, not all the tastings, we found out later… The festival basically took place in a big tent with a band in the front and a food court in the back. Long tables to sit down. We were hungry when we arrived so we first tackles some Chicken & Prawn curry before moving to the Oyster platters. Oysters were sold at R10. I guess if this event would have taken place in Franschhoek, it was called a marquis but since we were in Durbanville, we were just sitting in a tent…It was a great way to spend a Sunday and I will def. visit again next year. The only disappointment was that the Moet & Chandon tasting was not included… R45 per tasting glass. Great incentive for those who stayed till the end: Oyster platters for R50 which they brought to the table. Aj, never had so many oysters in my life!


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