“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Mark Twain
Oysters may or may not cause people to fall in love with each other, but there are a good many people who have fallen in love with oysters themselves. Casanova, the great 18th century Italian lover is believed to have started his day by eating 50 oysters! Join us at this year’s annual Oyster and Champagne Festival on 14th and 15th October at Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and get a good dose of delectable oysters, coupled with fabulous Champagne, good music and an upmarket selection of foods and treats. Our theme is Gold and White, dress up and stand a chance to win the prizes for the best dressed couple.
Difference between Champagne, MCCs and Sparkling Wines.
For those of us that need this clarified here is some helpful information:
Can only be made using grapes grown in Champagne, a province in north eastern France. Regardless of the method used to make it, anything else is simply not Champagne. We are thrilled to announce that Moet will be featured at the Oyster and Champagne Festival representing French Champagne at its best.
Méthode Cap Classique (MCC):
Is the South African version of Champagne. MCC is made using the original, bottle fermented process used by the French. Every step of the process aside from the grapes, is the real deal. The quality of our grapes coupled with the expertise of our wine makers is such that our MCCs rival some of the best French champagnes. Featured at this year’s event we are delighted to have on board a selection of prestigious local MCCs to name a few Villiera, Haute Cabriere, Pierre Jordan, JC Le Roux, Pongracz and Krone.
You are in for a treat as featured amongst our bubbly’s we also have the pleasure of welcoming the exquisite Italian Prosecco and Spanish Cava to this year’s event.
Prosecco is a made in the Veneto region of Italy around the city of Treviso about 15 miles (24 km) North of Venice. The Glera grape, which grew well in the Prosecco region and became the basis for Prosecco, was grown in Ancient Rome. In fact, in his Natural History, Pliny the Elder—who died in 79 AD—talks of Julia Augusta, “who gave the credit for her eighty-six years of life to the wine of Prosecco.” A good reason for us all to become very familiar with Prosecco!
Cava is a famous Spanish bubbly said to have been first produced by Josep Raventós Fatjó of the Codorníu estate in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Spain in 1872. He was so happy with the wine he made, that he ordered a cool cellar or cava dug in order to produce more sparkling wine. In a few short years, the family introduced their first bottles of cava to the public. It was an instant success and thankfully we can now all get to know this Spanish bubbly intimately at this year’s event.
With all this talk about champagne we better not forget to add in some interesting facts about those well-loved oysters. Surprisingly, there is a lot we don’t know about this tasty morsel, save for the idea that you eat them raw, accompanied by champagne.
Did You Know…………
- In 2005 research supported the view that oysters contain a rare amino acid that has been linked to reproductive success. So now we know how Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros got it right!!
- Oysters are “alternating hermaphrodites”, which means they can switch sexes from time to time.
- Only about one in 10,000 oysters contains a pearl.
- The verb ‘to shuck’, meaning to remove the shell from an oyster, was first recorded in 1881.
- The saying “the world’s your oyster” comes from Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor: “The world’s mine oyster. Which I with sword will open.”
- Worldwide, around two billion pounds of oysters are eaten every year
So now that you have all the facts that you could possibly need book your ticket now and start planning your winning outfit.
Verene Burger, the owner of the company Events and More who are the organisers of this event, added that “we are very happy that this was a sold -out event last year. Apart from the treat of champagne and oysters, this is probably also due to the fact that, the venue, Hillcrest Quarry, is centrally located, which makes it easy for people to arrange an Uber to and from the event. We hope to see everyone there again this year.”
Saturday 14th October 2017 and Sunday 15th October 2017, gates open at 12h00.
Tickets sold via Computicket at R160 per person includes a branded champagne glass and 5 free tasting coupons (no under 18’s). Glasses and coupons will be available to purchase during the event
Computicket link: http://bit.ly/OysterandChampagneFest