Five flavours of Plett Food & Film
The Plett Food & Film at Plett ARTS Festival, now in its fourth year, will be dishing up a hearty helping of Delicious Film and Compelling Food from 10th to 12th July at The White House.
Three brilliant films: Katrina, Tangerines and Casablanca will be screened along with an evening of themed entertainment and dishes inspired by those films. While these films have nine Oscar nominations between them, we think you’ll agree, that the real star of Plett Food & Film is the food.
Here are five flavours to look forward to at Plett Food & Film:
Cape Malay Cuisine
Prepared by the popular Plett chefs from Nguni Restaurant and paired with the 1969 South African film, Katrina, the dishes served on the first night of Plett Food & Film are sure to be filled with familiar Cape flavours. To finish off, celebrity chef, Murray Pienaar, will be serving Cape Malay desserts and fresh koeksusters. Plett’s own Jill Kirkland, star of the film, will be our guest, as will Steve Ashley of the Staccatos, performing his hit from the film, Cry to me. Jill’s daughter, Robin, will be performing songs from the film. A completely immersive evening complete with powerful film, stellar entertainment and flavourful food.
In true Russian style, we’re bringing out the vodka – Absolut Mandarin Vodka. The second film in our festival line-up is Oscar-nominated foreign film, Tangerines. Absolut Vodka has created a Mandarin Vodka cocktail specifically for the evening, Mandrinosca, which is sure to set the tone for an evening packed full of taste. Fresh sounds for this evening will be provided by Playing with Fire Balkan Klezmer Band, one of the founding bands of the now famous Cape Town Balkanology Parties.
To celebrate the modest farmers of the film Tangerines, the dishes on our second evening will include warming soup, pickles, breads and cheeses. If you’ve attended a Plett Food & Film before, you’ll agree that the cheese platters are sublime! The perfect pairing for a brisk July evening in Plett. Tangerines is a humanist, anti-war fable set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop.
TV personality, author and celebrity chef, Jenny Morris w
be preparing a Moroccan-inspired feast for the final evening of Plett Food & Film. We asked her for a sneak peek and got the following tantalising response: “Think warming spices like cinnamon, persevered lemons, honey, nuts, smokey aubergines- get a ticket and come and taste for yourselves.” Paired with the classic film, Casablanca which is set in Morocco, we can’t wait to taste!
“Of all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into mine.” This unforgettable line from Casablanca, our third film of the festival, is firmly etched into pop culture. We will have our own gin bar with fabulous Beefeater Gin for the evening. “Play it, Sam” is another iconic phrase from the film and Plett’s own talented Martin Wolfaardt will be performing as our very own Sam.
Now that we’ve whet your appetite and piqued your curiosity, will we see you at Plett Food & Film this year?