While we all know that Wine On Water is loads of fun, and possibly the best jol in St Francis Bay (except the kids will tell you that Billy’s Beach is better) did you know that it is a charity-based event?
From the Wine On Water Website
“While Wine on Water is enormous fun for our guests, this event brings so much more to our community.
This is the flagship fundraising event for the Rotary Club of St Francis and every penny raised goes towards supporting Rotary projects in greater St Francis along with the many charities serving the community. These include those looking after our environment, the NSRI, the school and pre-schools in Sea Vista and child welfare organisations, our senior citizens, various animal welfare charities, and our Victim Support Unit .
But of particular significance is the employment opportunity to the young men and women of Sea Vista, who serve as the extremely important deck and street marshalls, keeping everyone safe and ensuring the event flows smoothly.
This year we were able to offer a work experience opportunity to one of the young matriculants introduced to us through the Sibanye Ladies group in Sea Vista. These opportunities go a long way to assisting these young folk who face a daily struggle to find employment in increasingly difficult times.
And then last but not least, our Wine on Water guests bring a much needed economic injection to our tourism sector and local businesses, and the spin-off of that is more employment.
The Rotary Club of St Francis is proud to be of service!”
All the wine estates can be found here
Last year’s event was a whole world of fun. For more details on last year’s event go here
If you are one of the lucky few to have tickets, see you there!
Photo Credits to Sandy Coffey
The Lower Than Low Sale
This weekend’s great deals include frozen chicken portions, sunflower oil and full cream long-life milk. There are also Rewards Customer specials on Weet-Bix and multi-buy deals on Fatti’s and Moni’s macaroni and on 2,25L Coka Cola. Let’s not forget the price cuts on SPAR Hot Doggers and big savings on Clover Cheddar Cheese.
Remember that today is Nappy Thursday! We have specials on Huggies Diapers running for the month of March.
Step 1. Buy any selected Huggies Diapers on any Thursday at SPAR stores in the Eastern Cape.
Step 2. Swipe your SPAR Rewards Card when you pay for your Huggies Diapers every Thursday.
Step 3. SPAR Rewards customers get an instant R20 off the selling price at the til!
Promo ends on 30 March 2023.
Everyone loves a bit of Mexican, and this option is meat-free. However, the avocado, cheese and sour cream make the meal, so don’t skimp on those vital ingredients.
Smoky Black Bean Enchiladas
- For The Saucy Beans
- 1 SPAR Freshline onion, finely chopped
- 2 SPAR Freshline cloves of garlic
- 2 Tbsp SPAR olive oil
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried or SPAR Freshline oregano
- 1 can (410g) SPAR black beans, drained
- 1 can (410g) SPAR kidney beans
- 1 can (410g) Mexican flavoured tomatoes or braai relish
- 1 Tbsp SPAR sugar
- Salt and pepper
- For The Enchiladas
- 6-8 wraps
- 2 cups grated SPAR cheddar/mozzarella/mature cheddar
- For The Salsa
- 1 SPAR Freshline avocado, sliced
- ½ cup SPAR Freshline cherry tomatoes halved
- 2 stalks SPAR Freshline spring onion, sliced
- 1-2 Tbsp SPAR Freshline coriander chopped
- Cook the onion in the oil until soft and golden – about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cumin and cook for another minute.
- Then add the drained beans and canned tomatoes and cook for 20 minutes.
- Add the sugar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Fill each wrap with about ⅓ cup filling and roll it up. Pop into an ovenproof serving dish of approximately 24x30cm.
- Continue until all the wraps and filling are done. Cover in cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Make salsa with tomato, spring onion and chopped coriander. Season well.
- Serve the enchiladas topped with salsa and avocado.
- Sour cream (optional) works a treat.
all photos © Sandy Coffey
We have all heard the superlatives non-stop on social media. Best ever event in St Francis Bay, the most fantastic wine festival, impossible to beat, an incredible gathering, impeccable planning and more.
The question is, how can a simple wine tasting using barges as transport to various wine stations be so fantastic? But it’s not about that. It’s not about the wine, barges, water-borne transportation, wine farms, or wine tasting and ordering. It’s not about Rotary, Investec, TCS and The Quays.
While these are all necessary and crucial elements for the festival to function, it’s more about the party that Wine On Water is.
Call me old school, but having a party is always lekker.
You need several things to come together to make a party happen, as they did a WOW. Let’s unpack.
It would be best if you had lekker people. You can’t have a party with unpleasant people. It would help if you had people with smiles and good moods who want to engage positively with other partygoers. WOW was full of lekker people. The first box ticked.
A party needs a relaxed environment. Awesome houses on the canals, friendly people representing the wine farms, and everyone smiling and happy. Tick.
You need to have the ability to cut loose. If you need to dance a bit, that’s OK. If you need to talk louder than usual, everyone’s cool with it. Even if you need to catch a quick doss on a couch in the sun for a few minutes, that’s hundreds.
You need nice drinks to have a fat jol. The wine was terrific. It was delicious, and the One33 beverages (rum, brandy, gin etc.) and the St Francis Brewery beer were all quite remarkable. More boxes ticked.
You need some excellent vittles to keep you going. We found calamari rolls that were to die for. There were delicious-smelling ribs somewhere and enough food for everyone.
You need to be able to make new friends at a party. We made a crew of new friends after they hijacked our barge, and we inadvertently followed them around the canals like we were stalking them. It was very funny.
Let’s remember that you need ice, and you need toilets. You can’t have a good party without ice (think rum and brandy and One33 here), and there will be no party without satisfactory toilets. We started rating our toilet experiences, but they were all so consistently good that it was a waste of time. So, more ticks all around.
You need to be able to let go. If you fall over somewhere along the way, no judgement.
You need to help people. For example, help people onto a barge, hold onto older people as they disembark, and let hangry people ahead of you in a queue. If people wobble due to a rickety jetty or a slippery shoe, we help them.
Also, you need to be able to party. See below.
See also – A Few Random Images From Wine On Water 2023