You want to know more about the Spier Secret Festival, South Africa’s premier food and wine event for serious foodies?

Yesterday morning we were taken to a secret location at Spier Wine farm for a glorious brunch to hear about all the secret plans and clever tricks Spier has up their sleeves.

The morning started with a farm fresh egg forage,where we all gathered eggs straight from under the worlds friendliest (read cheekiest) chickens. We were then treated a beautiful breakfast made by Jess Shepherd in the old stables.

The Little Secret Book of Eggs we received was beautifully designed by Gera Smuts and edited by Alex Matthews, for Studio HV. It explains all about Angus Mcintosh, Spier's biodynamic farmer, amongst other things such as recipes and a egg yolk colour chart.

The second Spier Secret Festival is happening on 25 – 26 October. You can look forward to a enjoying the expertise of a select group of local and international food and wine fundis,who will present talks,workshops, tastings and various dinner events. A key focus will be food and wine trends, ethics, and biodynamic farming.

Images: Marije Vogelzang, the Dutch eating desiger, is presenting, for the first time in South Africa, a dining experience as part of the Spier Secret Festival line-up. The dinner is inspired by the ancient method of cooking in clay.

The conference line-up, taking place on 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 like Elton John, Vogue magazine and Alexander McQueen will focus on the science of baking and developing your own recipes.
  • Robert Sayre (USA): The Creative Director of Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a take away restaurant famous for serving 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 Cape Town-based columnist and cookbook author will be presenting an interactive event whereby she and conference goers will explore the significance of food and memory.@SamWoulidge
  • Caroline McCann (SA): Award-winning butcher and owner of Braeside Butchery (winner of the 2013 Eat Out Produce award) will present a talk about the vitality of meat. Caroline will explain the process of ageing meat through a unique tasting presentation, paired with Spier wines of different ages by Cellar Master Frans Smit.
  • Jacques Erasmus (SA): Artist, designer, stylist, chef, baker, curator and owner of Hemelhuijs, will show us a visual presentation on food, taste and the memories it triggers.
  • Spier’s winemaking team with Cellar Master Frans Smit, 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 pioneer and leading personality of the biodynamic wine movement in France, 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.

The Spier Secret market on Saturday will be open to the public from 9:00am – 15:00pm and entry is FREE. 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.

All bookings for tickets and accommodation can be made at 021 809 1100 or reservations@spier.co.za.

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