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Food & Wine Of Cape Town
Cape Town, a city with a diverse range of highlights, attractions, and activities, is the third most crowded city in South Africa. Cape Town is provincial capital of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are situated. Cape Town is the oldest city in our country having a cultural heritage straddling more than 300 years.

Cape Town is best known as one of the world's most beautiful and mush adored cities for tourists because of its rich culture and geography. Cape Town is a lively city with enough attractive sites to keep you busy for weeks. Cape Town has something for everyone: scenic outings to Table Mountain, beaches such as Clifton and Camps Bay, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, shopping for curios at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and many more fine-looking places.

Cape Town has a cosmopolitan cultural mix, resulting from the merger of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north. Based in the Southern Hemisphere, Cape Town's summer months are those of December, January and February; the winter months, June, July and August. Cape Town has population around 3.5 million. People in the Cape Town generally speak Afrikaans, English or local dialects of the two.

Cape Town is renowned for its high quality wine and delicious food. Its cooking is well-known for tasty meals, large selection and diverse flavors. There is a genuine love of dining and drinking in Cape Town, and visitors find local cuisine and various styles through out the world cooked and offered fantastically. The Asian strivers transformed the conventional dishes of Europe and Britain into exclusive 'Cape Malay' style, using the spices from passing boats. Such dishes include Bobotie and Breedies.

Cape Town has so many different cultures and that's why there is great diversity in types of food. Few examples are Braaivleis and Biltong from the Dutch, curries from India, Scones and Pies from the English and naturally Mealie Pap, Sosaties and Bobotie from the Malasian kitchen, the corn mash of the black population. All the cultures are familiar with each other's foods; the difference just lies in the meat kinds, sauces, and the spices used. The main cultural groups in Cape Town are black, white, Indian, Malay Muslim and Indian Muslim.

The basic food of the Blacks is mealie meal and amasi that is sour milk. A popular dish is umngqusho, which is samp and beans. Another popular dish is umphokoqo, an African salad and contains maize meal and amasi. Popular dinner meal is udampulenisi, which are dumplings and made from flour, yeast and salt. Food of Whites primarily includes a variety of pastas, braai, boerewors rolls and the traditional bredies such as cabbage or tomato bredies.

The Coloured community comprises three religious groups: Christians, Muslims- Malay Muslims and Indian Muslims and Indians. Christians eat the same foods as the White people of Cape Town. Indian folk's popular dishes are Tandoori Murghi, curries, cream, yoghurt, ghee dishes or chillies, coconuts, fish, mustard oil dishes. Popular foods of Muslim culture are samoosas, sweet meats, roots, chilli bites, and boeber curry bunnies.

If you love wine, buy it in Cape Town, because it is much inexpensive and there is more availability than overseas. Cape Town is producing some of the most superb wines which are becoming more and more popular all around the world. Due to the cool climate of this region the wines are sophisticated, superior, balanced and extremely food friendly. The Western Cape is synonymous with wine and the area bounded by the eastern mountains is the Cape Winelands.

Cape Town offers 14 different traversable wine routes and over 2,000 varieties of wine to taste. The wines of Cape Town are characterized by very intense and diverse fruit flavors. Some world class wines have come out of the valleys and hills of the Cape Town and the annual Nederberg Wine Sales attract buyers from all over the world.

Red and white wines are also high quality wines. Popular white wines of Cape Town are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling and of Red wine are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot. This province beefed up wines including sherry, port and muscatel which are famous for both fine quality and pleasing prices. The Cape Wine lands and the cities of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek are popular destinations for wine vineyards. With wines ranging from Pinotage to the Chenin Blanc, are top class and suitable for any occasion.

Grape, Sauvignon Blanc flavors, range from the more tropical gooseberry and litchi to racy green pepper or even herbaceous asparagus. Chardonnays tend to be full of lime and citrus, while the reds are thick with berry components and super skin structure giving soft and elegant tannins. Spiers wines of Cape Town are highest quality wines through out the world. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinotage, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Rose Wine are others flavors of wine.
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Orson Johnson loves travelling and writing about travel. He writes for Holiday Velvet, a website offering Cape Town accommodation apartments.
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