Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cape Jaffa Seafood & Wine Festival...

The Cape Jaffa Seafood & Wine Festival is held on the second weekend in January each year. Click here to read more about this wonderful weekend.
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Checking out the Land Rover display - New Discovery 4
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The weather was extremely hot (about 43C) for the festival and I think this kept the crowd numbers down. Everyone was seeking shade so although you see empty seats in my pics, I think people were in tents or under shade elsewhere.
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Out came the umbrellas to make as much shade as possible. There was a slight sea breeze blowing.
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There was produce for sale and sampling. Lovely jams, chutneys, olive oil, fresh stuffed olives, lobster pate, seasoned almonds etc.
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Outback Pride produce locally grown and made sauces, jams, chutneys, herbs, relishes, cordials from original Aboriginal bush tucker. Click here for details.
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There were lots of wineries selling their lovely wines. You could either buy a tasting glass or a full bottle to enjoy. It was very hot in this tent!
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Lots of empty seats in the sun - everyone trying to keep cool!
They had a guy singing live all day - he did covers or Michael Buble, Guy Sebastian, Fleetwood Mac etc. Lovely easy listening music - it didn't blow us out of our chairs! Lol!
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There's that lovely Disco 4 again.
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A quick plug!
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Um, now I must explain why the local constabulary has his arm around me ... I had just done a random breath test ... and blew .08 !!! (Our laws state that you must be under .05 % blood/ alcohol to drive a vehicle so I would have lost my licence had I driven and got breatho'd). Lucky we were booked to go back to Robe on the bus that is provided to a lucky few!
The police set up their van and you could have a test to see what you blew. I think it's good to make you aware of drink driving at a venue like this. Well done, SAPOL!
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Having said that we were booked to go home on the bus .... we missed it! Luckily our dear friend Alex's sister, Bernie volunteered to drive us back. Betty and I (above) had a lovely day sampling some great wines (Cape Jaffa Wines Sauvignon Blanc, CJ Unwooded Chardonnay, CJ Le Lune Rose de Syrah - a biodynamic wine, cultivated and harvested according to the phases of the moon.
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Er, on our way home, Angus was getting a bit amorous! Down, boy!
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Back in Robe, we stayed at Ann's Place, a very smart & comfortable B&B. The sea was like glass. I've never seen it to calm and flat. We had nibbles and drinks on our little patio.
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As the sun set behind me, the bay took on lovely hues of pink over the mirror sea.
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The big silver ball in this pic is a sea mine which washed up on shore many years ago. I've liked the Robe District Council site here for more information on Robe.
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All in all, we had a lovely Sunday at the Festival, even though it was so hot.
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Cheers - Joolz

3 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a lovely day and the wine was good too :0)
    have a good week and stay cool if possible

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  2. So envious Joolz, sounds like a great day albeit quite hot.

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  3. Looks like a wonderful place to visit. I would sooo love to visit Australia. One place I have always wanted to go...don't know why, just seems enchanting to me.

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