THE country village of Bathurst will be swarming with celebrity chefs at the end of the month, when it hosts the inaugural Bathurst Country Affair.
Convenor Tanya Schenk says the cornerstone of the food- themed event will be the presence of six national chefs – including SA Chefs Association past president Martin Kobald – who will cook up a storm in six of the village's pubs and restaurants.
The Country Affair will be held from Friday to Sunday, October 26 to 28.
Kobald, a convenor of the World Chefs' Tour against Hunger, and who is involved with the UN World Hunger Programme, will cook a three-course dinner at Summerhill Inn on the Friday and Saturday.
The other chefs are Jozef Schueremans, internationally accredited competition judge, who will cook lunch at Pulse Action Bar on the Friday and Sunday.
Masterchef SA food director and catering whiz Clinton Verhoog will cook lunch at the Bathurst Arms on the Saturday and Sunday while Garth Shnier, executive chef for the Sandton Sun, will do dinner at the Pig & Whistle on the Friday and Saturday. George Georgiou, executive chef of the Tsogo Sun, will cook dinner in the unusual setting of the Bathurst Agricultural Museum, among the implements in one of the sheds, on the Friday and Saturday.
Peter Mabuzela, executive sous chef at the Sandton Sun Convention Centre and one of the chefs who developed recipes for Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield's recipe book, Zhoozsh, will do lunch at Jam Jam's Tavern in Bathurst's Nolukhanyo Township on the Saturday and Sunday.
All lunches will be at 12.30 for 1pm and dinners at 6.30 for 7pm. Lunches are R125 per person and dinners R165.
Guests who book a table of six or more will go into a draw to win a culinary cruise for two on the MSC Sinfonia, Tanya says.
Another fun event will be the Anglo-Boer Sausage War, a cook-off hosted by Kingston Farm that will see two local sausage-makers trying to prove whether boerie beats banger at this guest farm just outside Bathurst from 10am on the Saturday. There will also be tea, cake and scones in the rose garden for those not partial to either sausage.
Schenk said the village would host wine tastings at three of its art galleries, as well as a waitron race for which East Cape restaurants were encouraged to enter a relay team of two.
The Village Green will have a cocktail bar with live music along with tapas, oysters, traditional food and more. Other pubs and restaurants are also putting together their own live music line-ups.
"There will be food and lifestyle stalls at the Bathurst Green, with 'passports' to be sold offering discounts at local businesses. There will also be children's entertainment, carriage rides and a shuttle service."
Schenk said profits from the Country Affair would go into a trust for sustainable community development, of which phase one would involve teaching the local community how to grow their own food gardens.
For menu and wine-tasting details, as well as bookings, visit www.bathurstcountryaffair.co.za. Alternatively, call Tanya on 072-095-1559 or Catherine on 082-444-3948 for information.