Last weekend was Cape Town’s inaugural Brandy Fusion Festival held at the ICC. I wasn’t sure what to expect not being a very big brandy drinker myself. But I was excited to learn about brandy, its origins and the current South African brandy scene.

 

CollisonsSome of my favourite stands from the evening included the Collison’s Stand, not least because they were holding a brandy cocktail making workshop hosted by this year’s Cosmo’s Hottest Bartender winner!

LaboriePeter from Laborie Brandy gave us an introduction to the art of brandy making, the history of brandy and the strict standards that are in place to ensure the continued excellence of South African brandies.

 

 

Van RynsAnd to end off the evening our last stop was at Van Ryns where we enjoyed the chocolate brandy pairing and learnt a bit more about the different brandy vintages (as well as what chocolate goes well with them!)

 

 

 

The entertainment was great, hosted by ProVerb and supported by the professional acts of Ginger Ninja magician and Sterling EQ. A big thank you to the organisers of festival, along with all of the brands exhibiting – it was a stylish, trendy, interesting start to the weekend! I can’t wait for next year’s event!

Alex and I at Brandy Fusion 2013 (doing a little bit of crouching to fit in!)
Alex and I at Brandy Fusion 2013 (doing a little bit of crouching to fit in!)

 
 
 

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