Littlegig is, amongst other things, a sophisticated foodie-rave. From the beginning, we’ve had food by Top Ten chefs and our wine offering has been curated by Miles Mossop of Miles Mossop Wines and Tokara, which has recently been named the country’s most successful wine producer at the 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
For the first time we’re introducing a Paired Food & Wine Tasting, featuring 6 of the country’s top female chefs and winemakers, who you can read about below. This will be a walk-through experience, from 1-4pm on the Saturday. Each chef will present 2 tasting dishes, and each dish will be paired with a wine. It will last around 30 minutes, or a bit longer if you’re the type who likes talking to chefs and winemakers. 4 of the 6 tasting dishes will be vegetarian.
The Paired Food & Wine Tasting tickets cost R150 each via Quicket and you will find them under the Merchandise section. If you’ve already bought your festival ticket and would now like to add Tasting tickets, use this link or email us and we’ll send it to you.
P.S. For those of you who are more into music than headline chefs, great food and wine will be served throughout the festival and included in the ticket price as usual.
ASH HEEGER (ASH) / JENNY WARD (CHEFS) / JOCELYN HOGAN-WILSON (HOGAN WINES) / NADIA BARNARD (WATERKLOOF) / NADIA NEWTON JOHNSON (NEWTON JOHNSON WINES) / VANIE PADAYACHEE (MARIGOLD)
Ash Heeger, ASH
Ash was born in Transkei, trained at Silwood Cookery School, and worked under Luke Dale-Roberts at La Colombe and the Test Kitchen, before cooking in London for three years at the Ledbury and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Ash opened her name-sake restaurant in the middle of Cape Town’s Bree Street in 2016 when she was 25.
“When I’m designing a meal sourcing ingredients is absolutely key. I ask, ‘is it seasonal, where did it come from, and is it sustainable?’ Then I consider cooking methods and finally presentation.”
Jenny Ward, Chefs
Jenny grew up in Johannesburg, trained at Stellenbosch’s ICA and worked in catering, for private clients, and as sous chef at Bizerca bistro under Laurent Deslandes. She opened Chefs, a unique 3-things-on-the-menu concept restaurant in Cape Town’s City Bowl in 2016.
“It’s a male-dominated industry because it’s physically and emotionally demanding. But skill-wise and strength-wise I’m the same as the guys so they respect me. I run a very relaxed kitchen. There is a hierarchy that people are aware of but it has developed through respect not force.”
Vanie Padayachee, Marigold
Vanie is born and raised in Durban where she studied at hotel school. Other than spending over 10 years in total working with Margaux Janse at Le Quartier Francais, she started a cookery school in Port Alfred and the restaurant at Grande Provence, and even did a Master Chef season prepping the guest chefs’ dishes. She opened Marigold in 2016 after training in Delhi.
“When I was growing up Mondays evenings were always yellow dhal and rice. This for us is comfort food. Even today I boil a kilo of dhal at a time and freeze it in little tubs. When I feel sad I take out a pot, heat it up and cry into my dhal!”
Jocelyn Hogan-Wilson, Hogan Wines
Jocelyn Wilson grew up in the Eastern Cape and studied a Bsc in Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. She worked at Flagstone and La Bri before making the shift to natural winemaking and starting Hogan Wines in 2013. She produces small volumes, does everything herself and focuses on absolute quality.
“I’m still crazy about the idea of taking a plant and encapsulating it in a bottle which reflects the climate, the soil and what the vine experienced that vintage.”
Nadia Barnard, Waterkloof
Nadia grew up in the Cape Winelands and studied Bsc in Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch. She is head winemaker at Waterkloof, one of the only 2 certified biodynamic wine farms in the country. Nadia has made wine in France, Australia and New Zealand.
“I believe that we should never manipulate the wine, keep it pure and always try to express vineyard.”
Nadia Newton Johnson, Newton Johnson Wines
Nadia grew up near Robertson where her family has been farming wine for six generations. She studied viticulture at Stellenbosch University before spending a few harvests abroad and working in Constantia Valley. She joined her husband Gordon, the other half of the Newton Johnson husband-and-wife winemaking team, in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in 2006.
“Pinot noir is my favourite varietal to work with, of course. It displays all the alluring power of femininity, no muscles needed.”