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The Great South African Christmas at Pick’n’Pay


Celebrating the festive season with local delicacies

On 2 November 2017, Pick’n’Pay launched its mouth-watering Christmas feast at the Lookout Venue at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. And what a feast it was!

The chefs conjured an array of starters, finger food, main course dishes and, of course, desserts that was a pleasure for the taste buds as well as for the eyes. All of it was accompanied by a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

When we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of watermelon mojito and we dived straight into the finger food with breads, humus, various pates, pickled vegetables, cheeses, cold meats, falafels and other great starters.

While we enjoyed our finger-licking good food, the Lookout Venue (which is for hire, just saying) spoilt us with its amazing views of Table Bay and the Waterfront. I washed my food down with a delicious glass of Sauvignon Blanc and the lady from the Pick’n’Pay Wine Club was so convincing in her arguments, why I should join, that I am now a member. The Pick’n’Pay Wine Club is free of charge and offers members 20% discount on 10 selected wines every months. Who can say no to that?

The dishes of the main course were beautifully laid out in the middle of the room and you saw what you would expect at a traditional Christmas feast –gammon with a honey mustard and star anise glaze, coleslaw with walnuts, beetroot and goats cheese, chicken and pork sausage stuffing with pistachio and cranberries. Outside, Pick’n’Pay had set up a braai area and offered boerewors, cinnamon pumpkin fritters and grill halluomi (OMG, that one was just delicious!).

My favourite, of course, was the dessert table. Mince pies, brandy Christmas pudding, cherry and almond cake, cheesecake trifle with passion fruit or pear and caramel and different ice cream flavours. The visual highlight was the gigantic marshmallow tower, also known as Croquembouche, decorated with strawberries, chocolate and glitter.

We finished our early Christmas feast with a glass of pink lemon-infused G&T from the Italian distiller, Malfy. It goes beautifully with mince pies (in case you need some food and drinks pairing inspiration)!

Every single dish was prepared from ingredients available at your closest Pick’n’Pay store and some dishes are even ready-made for your convenience. So both, the I-will-make-everything-from-scratch cook as well as the convenience seeker, will find a great selection of traditional Christmas meals and their ingredients at Pick’n’Pay. And don’t forget the drinks!

You can even buy your 1.5 m high Christmas tree with shiny decoration as well as plenty of gifts for her, him and the kids at Pick’n’Pay. They offer great deal under R100 and R150! The prices are valid from 28 November until 24 December.

And since Christmas is a time of sharing, I am very happy to report that no food was thrown away at the end of the Christmas launch, but that the venue staff had a feast afterwards, too.

Merry Christmas and a happy festive season to all of you!

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Alexandra is a tourist guide, writer, translator for German & English, improviser and environmentalist with all her heart and soul. She enjoys experimental vegetarian/vegan cooking with high emphasis on organic and locally grown food. She is also a tea connoisseur (read: total tea snob). If she isn't hiking up some mountain, enjoying a glass of wine at sunset or getting down and dirty in her little garden, she is happiest driving down an unknown road and ending up at a place that turns out to be a still undiscovered gem.
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