A gastronomic affair

5 June 2015



Words & Photos: Tracy Knox

If you love oysters, wine and good food, then there was no other place to be last weekend than at the 10th Oyster Wine & Food Festival, held at Montecasino.

Visitors to this gastronomic affair were treated to more than 65,000 oysters specially flown in from Knysna, along with juicy prawns and the most delicious offerings of olives, cheeses, Turkish delight, artisanal chocolates, home-made preserves, fudge, designer cakes and more. But it was not all about food and for our wine connoisseur, there were over 300 wines from 32 wine estates to taste and enjoy.

Held for the first time at Montecasino, the venue was perfect as there was lots of room for all the visitors that streamed through the various tents, as well as plenty of tables to sit and relax at while indulging in the delicacies purchased..

With some fantastic live music creating a festive vibe, amazing food and wine and a fantastic location, it’s not hard to understand why the Oyster Wine & Food Festival is the biggest oyster festival in Gauteng. If you weren’t able to make this year’s event, make sure you get tickets to one in 2016 – it’s an awesome outing that is not to be missed.

Montecasino was the perfect location for this outdoor festival.

My first stop, the Champagne and Oyster Deck.

Bubbles, glorious bubbles, some of the champagnes on offer.

Even from early on in the day, there was a festive vibe at the festival.

Finding out more about the wonderful world of champagne.

With more than 300 wines on offer, it was no easy task choosing which to taste.

The cheerful staff at one of the many oyster bars around the event. How could you say no to those smiling faces?

The festival was not a good place to be if you were on diet because there were just so many temptations.

There were a range of delicious tasting condiments on offer that had you digging in your wallet.

The band was fantastic and the live music added to a very chilled, but festive atmosphere.