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A Cheese Festival Delight

At House and Leisure we're just itching to immerse ourselves in the cultural fix that is the South African Cheese Festival. Taking place at Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch over the long weekend (27-30 April), it is the perfect excuse to wind down from the week and indulge in some of the finer things in life. A celebration of all things cheese, the four-day festival promises sensational sensory treats, fabulous flavours, fresh country air and good family fun. Along with an endless variety of handmade dairy delights, enjoy a range of wholesome produce - including preserves, olives, baked pleasures and artisan breads - and a selection of supremely quaffable local wines. Such enticing options make this fantastic fair an all-time favourite annual event. Now, making a trip to the Winelands even more tempting is luxury retreat Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa: in honour of the occasion the resort’s Executive Chef Oliver Cattermole has crafted a covetable, contemporary three course menu testament to the wonders and versatility of cheese. Available only over the long weekend period, the spread includes cheesy culinary treasures such as a gorgonzola starter, a Swiss raclette main and, for dessert, a reblochon panna cotta. These are served with optional suggested wine pairings and can be relished either in the sophisticated Dish Restaurant or Le Verger, an outside eatery nestled within a garden of orchards. A view of the spectacular mountains only completes the five-star gastronomic experience. Dining here, it would be impossible not to embrace the retreat’s core philosophy that ‘life is good’. Le Franschhoek’s three-course cheese menu is available for R195 per person excluding wine, or R315 per person with wine included. For more information call 021-876-8900 or visit lefranschhoek.co.za.