Winter in Plettenberg Bay is often a quiet time. Although our days are fine and calm, the nights and mornings can be a bit fresh and Plett doesn’t quite have the same seaside summer vibe from May-September. However, this is Plett’s official whale season and visitors can spend hours hiking Robberg, strolling the beach or on a marine safari enjoying the antics of the Southern Right and Humpback whales.
Now, here’s where things get interesting: over the last couple of years, Plett has played host to the new Plett MAD (Music, Art and Drama) Festival and, more specifically, the Plett Food Film Festival. This festival, dedicated to pairing classic food films with dishes from the movies. This year, Plett Tourism is presenting three delightful films over three days (11-13 July): Les Emotifs Anonymes (Romantics Anonymous), A Good Year and Like Water for Chocolate.
Monday 11th July at The White House – Les Emotifs Anonymes (Romantics Anonymous)
Love triumphs over social ineptitude in this charming film, with the seductive qualities of chocolate smoothing the way. Karen Dudley of The Kitchen fame soothes with food inspired by life and love. Feast upon gourmet french baguettes from Chez Laurent. Indulge in a chocolate fair to the lilting accordion of Stanislav Angelov.
Tuesday 12th July at The White House – A Good Year
Starring Russell Crowe, this film is the perfect backdrop to seven of Plett’s excellent wine estates, pairing their wines and bubbly with top Plett chefs. Wine, canapes, an artisanal Plett cheese table and an hilarious presentation by South Africa’s renowned DIY consultant, Suzelle. Wind down to the strains of the french accordion with Stanislav Angelov and a final glass of wine.
Complimentary tasting glasses are yours from Pam Golding Properties, hosting the evening’s tasting.
Wednesday 13th July at Emily Moon River Lodge – Like Water for Chocolate
A sultry night of sensuous film, and an abundant Mexican feast by Chef Alex Olivier of Emily Moon and latino trio Los Gitanos, to transport you to the magical realm of unrestrained flamenco.
Video of the Plett MAD and Plett Food Film Festivals 2015