The conference line-up for Friday 25 October, includes:
• Marije Vogelzang (The Netherlands): The world’s most well-known (and first ever) eating designer will share her food philosophy during an hour-long presentation at the conference. She is also hosting an interactive eating experience on Friday night, exploring the ancient cooking method of baking meat and vegetables in clay. Limited tickets are sold for this dining experience.
• Lily Vanilli (UK): This London-based baker who made a name for herself with her sculptural, macabre cake creations (roadkill cake, gingerbread gravestones, marzipan beetles) and celebrity client base, will focus on the science of baking and developing your own recipes.
• Robert Sayre (USA): The Creative Director of Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh, a take away restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict, will discuss the ways that they use food as an enticement to opening a broader discussion with their guests.
• Sam Woulidge (SA): The journalist and cookbook author is taking conference goers on a trip down memory lane with a presentation on food memories and a tasting through her childhood.
• Jacques Erasmus (SA): He is an artist, a designer, a stylist, a chef, a baker, a curator and creator of all things beautiful and Hemelhuijs is his home from home. Jacques will show us a visual presentation on food, taste and the memories it triggers.
• Spier Senior Red Winemaker, Johan Jordaan will present a unique interactive wine-blending workshop, where conference delegates will get the opportunity to create their own wine.
On Saturday 26 October, Nicolas Joly, a French winegrower in the Loire wine region, and one of the pioneers and leading personalities of the biodynamic wine movement, will present an in-depth four-hour talk on the ancient art of farming – biodynamie. Joly’s Clos de la Coulée de Serrant is often mentioned as one of the world’s best dry white wines.
The festival will once again include the popular Secret Home Dinners. Due to high demand and to give guests the opportunity to attend more than on dinner, the dinners will be taking place over five weekends in September and October in the period leading up to the festival. Dinner hosts include amongst others Carmen Niehaus (Huisgenoot, You, Drum food editor) , Herman Lensing (Sarie food editor), Peter van Noord & Johan van Zyl (journalists), Errieda du Toit (RSG’s Glanskok and content director of Kokkedoor), Raphaella Frame-Tolmie (House & Leisure food editor), Zama Memela (head chef, EasyEating), Hetta van Deventer (TV presenter and restaurant culinary manager), Caro de Waal (Food24’s editor), winners of reality TV show Kokkedoor and Gary Cotterell (Business Day Wanted editor).
The Secret market, open to the public and free of charge, will be double in size from last year. The market will host some of the Western Cape’s best small producers, bakers, street food vendors, pop-up restaurants and there will be plenty of farm-style entertainment for kids. The SA Chenin Blanc Association will curate a tasting expo, showcasing the best of South Africa’s chenin blancs’.
“We are delighted and proud to host the Spier Secret festival for a second time this year. Our innovative social and environmental initiatives and focus on ethical food production has led to Spier being known as one of the country’s leading responsible tourism destinations,” says Marketing Director, Annebelle Schreuders.
Friday’s conference tickets cost R900, Nicolas Joly’s talk costs R900 per person and Marije Vogelzang’s dinner is R650 for a three course meal and wine.
Accommodation at the Spier Hotel is available at a special rate of R900 per room per night for ticket holders. All bookings for tickets and accommodation can be made at 021 809 1100.