Plett Wine Fest 2017 a success 

Published: December 4th, 2017

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Plett Wine Fest 2017 a success

Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival 2017 _1005The Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival for the year 2017 has come and gone, and with it a bag of exciting memories. This is despite encountering hurdles along the way leading up to the fest.

The fest was on its fourth year, and the last three were sponsored by SASFIN, which sadly pulled out, and we almost couldn’t have the fest this year, after much added pressure, the municipality came to the rescue.

But let’s not dwell on the negatives.

For the first time, Skhulu’z Lounge was granted the opportunity to serve beer for those whose tastes buds do not go well with the tingling of the sweetness of dry wines, or the acidity of some, and so forth and so forth.

Skhulu’z Lounge was Plett Tourism’s Food and Wine Magazine’s cover story. And them being one of Plett’s oldest music cafes, situated in Kwano. So kudos to Plett Tourism for affording a business from one of Plett disadvantaged areas a prime opportunity such as this, albeit being the only black business at the fest.

Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival 2017 _1268Soul singing sensation, ‘Rumour Has It’, also from Kwano, dazzled and mesmerised the crowds with their lead vocalist Unathi, pulling in a diverse crowd to dance, laugh and be merry. It was one of my best moments ever, certainly an upgrade from last year as far as entertainment at the fest is concerned.

Also on the entertainment tip, was long standing local Jazz DJ, Ta Mnce, or call him Jazzman if you like. The jazz was sublime and the mood was calm and peaceful. We danced to the tunes of Stimela, Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon and other greats, I bow to you Ta Mnce.

Perhaps the powers that be at Plett Tourism should consider spinning this into a wine and music fest simultaneously, with local acts such as Rumour Has It, Ta Mnce and others afforded an opportunity to shine.

The Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival happens every year in October, this year was an exception. It’s one of Plett’s calendar events, and it’s too big a project to let it fail.

With hope that next year’s one would be double as epic.




Wandisile Sebezo



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