Food and Wine Bloggers Indaba 2012

So it’s been almost two weeks since the 3rd Food and Wine Bloggers Indaba, and let me tell you, I still smile at the great memories, of not only the whole experience but of old friends, new friends, and of course the wonderful organizational skills of the beautiful Browniegirl aka Colleen Grove.

Before I go any further, I have to give Colleen a round of applause, I attended the first FBI 2 years ago, this year, Colleen, you have set your standards extremely high, you are going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to beat this experience!  You did a wonderful job, and I have to say a big thank you for not only putting it all together, and for all the hard work, but for the warm welcoming hug, and all the love you give.  As mentioned before, you inspired me not only to blog, but with day to day inspiration with your stunning desserts.

The morning started off with excited hugs and long time no see’s, and of course our lovely gifts from Yuppiechef – our knife & apron, which has a lovely space on my knife magnet between my collection of Scanpans.  After coffee, busy chattering, meeting new friends, and  buffet of welcoming cookies, off we were to the conference room to kick off the Indaba.

As each speaker enlightened us with their know how, many people where taking notes and as I looked around the room, I could see the busy fingers of fellow bloggers tweeting, causing #FBI2012 to trend.  Such an achievement for such a young event. Many things were learnt which shall soon be put into practise…which I know will only open more doors for me.

After lunch was served, a buffet of beautifully presented mezze’s of deliciousness, and wine was drank, thank you Tangled Tree, we broke up into our different workshops.  As a chef, I blog for the networking and inspiration, so for myself, the inspirational workshops were Hands On Cupcake Decorating Workshop and Bubbly & Canapé Pairing Workshop.

The hands on cupcake workshop was presented by Grace from Cupcakes by Design, and boy was it loads of fun.  Not only was Grace a wonderful teacher with her knowledge and know how, but she was so friendly and gave personal attention to each one of use that sat around the table.  We were taught about fondant, shaping, different design techniques and then left to ourselves to design away.

We could decorate 4 cupcakes which were baked by Grace, and this was my end result.

At the end of the first workshop, we enjoyed another wine break, and some lovely little pastries, which I have to just single out, the Tangled Tree Shiraz was a beautiful combination with the moist rich chocolate brownies that were served. Happiness still fills me as I remember the flavours on my palate.

The second workshop that I attended was called Gorgeous Bubbly & Canapé Pairing Workshop, presented by Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira, who had us from the first cork pop.   Chef Garth Almazan of Catharina’s cooked up a storm for the pairing.

Our first pairing was freshly shucked oysters with a Vietnamese dressing, which was paired with Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005.

I love the whole play of anything Asian influenced saucing, such beautiful fresh flavours, which just worked so very well to with the oyster.

Second up was something that really boggled my mind.  I was skeptical, but at the same time intrigued.  Malay style scrambled egg with a cured salmon terrine, paired with Graham Beck Cuvee Clive 2005.

This was without a doubt the top pairing for me.  The bubbly on its own stood out, as did the canapé, but together they complimented each other and the dance that went on in my mouth was slow and delicate with a few edgy steps and in seconds I was swaying with happiness.

Third up was a Graham Beck Brut Berry Terrine with macerated berries in a raspberry and pomegranate balsamic syrup, paired with Graham Beck Brut Rose NV and Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec NV.

I am going to firstly admit that I am not a huge dessert fan, and I personally didn’t enjoy the texture of the terrine, but having said that, the raspberry and pomegranate balsamic syrup was out of this world.  I personally enjoyed the dish more with the Graham Beck Brut Rose NV and found the Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec NV slightly to dry and harsh.

The day ended with a few prizes, which I never win!

And a lovely auction for Lavender in Lavender Hill Charity, and of course 3 goodie bags filled with such wonderful bits and pieces, and many hugs and kisses from old and new friends.

What a day!  Again, a big thank you to all the wonderful sponsors and people who spent hours of their times to make this all happen.  Pick n Pay, Yuppiechef, Nomu, Tangled Tree and everyone else who helped to make this all happen.  I definitely look forward to #FBI2013

Advertisements

14 thoughts on “Food and Wine Bloggers Indaba 2012

  1. Thank you thank you thank you Ange. What an awesome write up of a fabulous day. I relived it through your writing. I would love it if you could send me some photos pretty please that I could use on the Indaba blog OK? And thank you so much for your lovely words, I am thrilled to know that I inspire you. Big love and hug and thank you for driving all this way to attend the Indaba xxx

    • Will gladly send you a few photos, I don’t have many great ones, mostly of just the workshops. Just let me have an email address and I will send them your way tomorrow. Thanx again for the effort! xxx

  2. I think you chose the best sessions to attend in the afternoon! It was a wonderful event and it was soooooo nice to meet uou at last! Loads of Blog huhs and xxx to you!

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and happen to be reading through my notes of the day right now! It was really surprising to see such a community of food lovers and bloggers so supportive of each other and the ’cause’. Although I am a moderate cook I am very interested in food and of course in eating it. After the inspiration of this day I will take up a bit of food blogging myself and if you won’t judge me too hard I will invite all to comment after the first few posts. Lets just keep it under cover for a little bit…. thanks to all the enthusiasts that made the day great. Ronelle

    • You don’t have to be shy, I find food bloggers to be great community, and more encouraging than not. Enjoy the blogging experience, and you are right, the FBI is very inspiring and makes you want to rush home and start up your blog right away. I have definitely reconnected with my blog since the Indaba, thinking of new ideas and creativity I can put into it, now all I need to do is find the time 😛

  4. Hi Angie ( i am hanging my head in shame), because when i me you at the Indaba–i really do not realize that you were Angeliqueca Dryer?? i had chatted to you via email last year–i am really sorry. It was wonderful meeting you and this write up is just amazing–i know for sure i will be attending FBI 2013 & hope to see you there

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s