The Garden Route will be a hive of activity during September, with a slew of school holidays and activities, culminating in the most important craft beer and food event in the region, The Thousand Sensations Craft Beer & Food Festival.
Taking place on 16 & 17 September in Wilderness, Garden Route, the festival is set to attract an eager crowd. From regulars keen to repeat the memorable moments from the last two festivals, to newcomers eager to taste some of the 150 beers from 38 brewers. Some brews are making an appearance for the first time ever at the 3rd instalment of this prestigious event.
The week leading up to Thousand Sensations won’t go by unnoticed either. Festival organiser, Alewijn Dippenaar, has lined up a week’s worth of craft beer and food experiences he calls ‘Beer and Bites’.
“We know there’s nothing better than an ice cold frosty, great food and good company.” Alewijn said about the series of craft beer and food pairings. “It’s the ultimate pairing experience.”
4 events will take place, at different locations along the Garden Route and surrounding areas, in the week leading up to Thousand Sensations.
“You’ll get to try 8 different styles of beers,” said Alewijn, “and each 100ml taster is complemented by a thoughtfully created morsel of gourmet deliciousness.”
Alewijn explained how each pairing is designed so that carefully chosen foods are served with specific craft beers. “Each pairing will enhance, highlight and influence each other’s flavours, creating an extraordinary culinary experience.”
The Beer & Bites events start on 12 September at the 101 Mead Street Restaurant in George, with beer master Kevin Robertson from Robertson Brewery. On 13 September it’s hosted by Turnberry Boutique Hotel in Oudtshoorn, before returning to George and boarding the Insomniac Party Bus on the 14th. The last event before Thousand Sensations itself, is set to take place on the 15th, at the Diaz Hotel & Resort, with Ampie Kruger from Wild Clover in Mossel Bay.
The events run from 7pm – 9pm and cost R150 per person. Each pairing session will be led by an experienced facilitator, and both the chef and the beer’s Brew Master will be on hand for further explanations and to answer questions.
Spaces are limited, so act fast to secure your seat. For booking and other enquiries, please contact Alewijn Dippenaar on 082 457 5675.
“Without the support from the Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment promotion agency- Wesgro, Lynn Schroeder Motors, RSK, Moore Stephens, Rotolabel Cape Town, Arcade Liquorland, Cocreate, and additional product support from Liquor King2 Voorbaai Mossel Bay, Tipsy’s Liquor and various breweries, Thousand Sensations would soon flounder.” he said.