Monday, May 5, 2014

Spier Secret Festival 2014

Spier Secret Festival 2014
Press release by Go 4 Word

Food and wine secrets to be revealed at the third Spier Secret Festival

Local and international experts on food and wine will present talks, workshops, tastings and dinner events at the third Spier Secret Festival, which returns to Spier Wine Farm from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 October 2014.

As part of Cape Town World Design Capital, the Festival incorporates the Cape Town Food Indaba. The first day of the conference (which falls on World Food Day) explores food security, food safety and sustainable food practices. The second day will uncover the latest trends and inspiration in food, wine and design.

“We are delighted to present the Spier Secret Festival for a third time,” says Annebelle Schreuders, Spier’s Marketing Director.

“Ethical food production and responsible tourism are both important to Spier, so we are looking forward to the insights presented from this event.”

The Spier Secret Festival has curated a stellar conference line-up.

To date we can reveal the following speakers:

Ole Hansen is a Norwegian salmon smoker. His family business was founded in 1923 in Kirkenes, Norway; today its smokehouse operates in Stoke Newington, London. Hansen is passionate about making salmon taste like his grandfather made it. To achieve this he has experimented with various techniques - according to The Guardian, one method involves him tinkling on a piano as the fish enters the smoking chamber.

Farmer Angus, one of South Africa’s leading biodynamic farmers and activists, will share more about his biodynamic journey at Spier and his brand-new pasture-reared butchery, Cape Veld.

Hannes Bernard & Guido Giglio, the duo behind SulSulSolSal (South Sun Salt), a global consultancy that uses research, publishing, food and performance to investigate the complex relationships between design, economy and society, with a particular emphasis on the Southern Hemisphere.

For the Spier Secret Festival, SulSolSal are collaborating with Farmer Angus and Spier to create a special edition of Carne Do Sol (preserved meat) products that will be served to delegates. Their talk at the conference will focus on food economy and food preservation.

Ryan Cheti and Iain Griffiths, mixologists and owners of White Lyan in Hoxton, London, are renowned for their game-changing cocktails. Ryan, otherwise known by his bartending alias, Mr. Lyan, has been declared the UK’s Bartender of the Year twice.
The duo is famous for being the only bar world wide to control all aspects of their cocktails – from making their own spirits, mineral water and not adding ice to drinks. They will be working with Spier’s winemakers to create an unique tasting involving byproducts of the winemaking process.

Vanessa Marx is the executive chef of Cape Town eatery Dear Me. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Arts in the Cape Winelands in 2005 and has worked in kitchens across Europe.

Marx is passionate about creating fresh food using seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.

Last year Vanessa received Eat Out magazine’s Rising Star Award for promising young talent.

The market

On Saturday 25 October, the Festival’s popular Spier Secret Market showcases the full range of Spier’s wines, accompanied by a special food and wine pairing section and the very best local produce. Spier will host some of the Western Cape’s best small producers, bakers, street food vendors, food trucks and restaurants. There will be plenty of farm-style entertainment for kids with Farmer Angus’chickens, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Spier’s giant chicken jumping castle. The market is open to the public from 9:00 – 15:00; entry is free.


Secret Dinners will once again form part of the build-up to the Festival. This year a twist will be added: the dinners will be transformed into cinematic eating experiences where guests will eat and drink with characters from the movies.

Tickets and accommodation
All bookings for conference tickets can be made through and bookings for special hotel accommodation packages can be made at 021 809 1100 or

Stay updated

Follow the official hashtag #spiersecret on Twitter and Instagram for regular updates on Secret dinners and conference speakers. You can also visit our websites at, and The Spier Secret Festival on Facebook for updates and information.


For conference details – Hannerie Visser

For media enquiries and photographs – Noelene Botha