For the past three years, Longridge Wine Estate has added an unforgettable event as a prelude to the annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival by hosting an exquisitely elegant gala dinner in the streets of Stellenbosch.
On Wednesday, 27 January, guests will once again have the opportunity to be part of the magic as Plein Street in front of the historic town hall is transformed into an enchanting open-air dining room with live music and an incredible five-course gourmet dinner matched sensationally with five wines from the celebrated Longridge wine portfolio. This fine-dining experience will be exclusively prepared for only 300 guests, who will be able to dance the night away under the lush oak trees and star-lit African skies.
On arrival, guests will be welcomed with a glass of Longridge Brut Rosé or Blanc de Blanc bubbly and canapés of fresh oysters with rose vinegar, chilled watermelon soup, spicy Cape Malay beef samosas and herb tempura.
For the first course, guests will enjoy an oven roasted tomato tart with caramelised onions, soft Galbani mozzarella, calamata and caper tapenade tossed with organic greens from the Longridge restaurant kitchen and balsamic syrup served with a special pre-release surprise.
A sublime white blend The Emily will accompany the second course of cured local Helderberg Mountain trout with nuances of dill, pepper and lemon, topped with a Dijon mustard and honey mayonnaise.
The third course is a symphony of pan-fried beef fillet topped with a gourmet terrine of slow roasted beef cheeks, beef tongue, sweetbreads and finely chopped veal liver enhanced with flavours of grain mustard and finished with a rich red wine jus. Served on a potato and leek dauphinoise with steamed fresh green vegetables and a cinnamon infused pumpkin fritter, it is the perfect partner to the luscious 2012 Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon.
A delectable roasted peach and almond frangipani served with Galbani mascarpone and fynbos honey and the celebrated 2009 Longridge Chardonnay will end the evening on a sweeter note, before guests can enjoy the final course of gorgonzola, matured gouda and brie platters with Cape figs and sesame crackers with a glass of liquid gold, the incomparable 2012 Edelgoud Nobel Late Harvest.
Tickets are R750 per person and can be purchased directly from Longridge on 021-855 4082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
300 Diners will sit down for a delectable 5-course meal paired with award-winning wines at this year’s Longridge langtafel on Wednesday, 27 January. Photo: Supplied
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