The Cape Dairy Experience is an annual event that is, as its name suggests, all about dairy: where it comes from, and all the amazing things into which it can be made.

Held at Sandringham (same location as the SA Cheese Festival – next to the N1, halfway between Cape Town and Paarl), the event features everything from cooking demos and tastings to ice-cream-eating competitions (ouch) and a bunch of agricultural championships where well bred animals strut their stuff (all culminating in the much-anticipated announcement of this year’s ABSA Dairy Queen).

It’s great way for kids and adults to connect with where milk and milk products come from. Find out what it takes to milk a cow (maybe even a goat?) and then follow the milk from cow to kitchen.

Speaking of which, the lineup at the Woolworths Dairy Pantry sounds awesome:

During five hourly sessions … foodies and artisan producers will share the ins and outs of creating and cooking with a variety of dairy products: churn butter the old fashioned way, make yoghurt and cottage cheese, and learn from award-winning food blogger, Nina Timm and Puglia Cheese how to make and use authentic Italian mozzarella. Huguenot Chocolate, the boutique chocolaterie in Franschhoek, will seduce you with an interactive demo and tasting session, while well known RSG Huiskok, Errieda du Toit, and Cara Brink will cook up a storm using Simonsberg products.

And there will be an impressive number of pedigreed farm animals about – with 300 goats taking part in the SA Milk Goat National Championships and 200 cows (Ayrshire, Holstein and Jerseys) from around the country coming to compete in various breed and inter breed championships.

Fun on the farm – I’m really looking forward to it!

Cape Dairy Experience 2012 – Event Details:

Win ticketsWhen: 2 & 3 November 2012 (Friday and Saturday). Opening times are Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 7pm.
Where: Sandringham (next to the N1, halfway between Cape Town and Paarl)
Cost: Tickets are available at the gates at R50 for adults (children 18 years and younger free of charge).

Visit for the full programme and directions to Sandringham

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