Noordhoek Farm Village were proud to host a Potjie Challenge on Heritage Day (24 Sept 2011) to raise funds for Masiphumelele Rugby Club. The build-up was intense with competitors planning recipes and issuing challenges amongst each other in the hopes of taking the esteemed first prize and claiming the honour of making a better potjie than one of our 3 restaurants.
The fires were ready from 10am and the teams arrived to start their potjies and set up their stalls. It must be said that some teams went to supreme effort to ensure that their South African gees was well and truly represented. We even had Madiba and a herd of elephants pitch up at the event.
Each team had a spot near the bandstand and were presented with an apron and a chefs hat, whilst the fires were kept stoked to ensure consistent heat and hot coals! The atmosphere was festive with kids, dogs, adults, drinks, flags and a wonderful aroma wafting around the village.
Our judges (Sam Linzell, Mark Sampson and Bern le Roux) had a tough time deciding on ONE overall winner as the competition was varied, diverse and spectacularly delicious! As the judges did their rounds, the public were able to purchase containers for R20 and get stuck in to the goods as well. The money raised from public feeding was donated to Masiphumelele Rugby Club and a whopping R2 650 was raised at the end of the day. Thanks to the junior kids who came out to toss the ball around in the Springbok jerseys!
Another huge thank you must go to the eMzantsi Carnival crew and performers who entertained the chefs and the crowds. It is inspiring to see the talent of the youngsters in the valley. Diarise the Carnival Datenow – Saturday 3 December where the performers will be going BOS and following a green charter theme for 2011!
And finally the winner and the prizes:
First Place: The Toad – who produced a goat potjie (although the goat remains under dispute- there were certainly points for creativity and originality and the flavour was undisputed!)
Second Place: The Foodbarn with a Moroccan Lamb potjie – spicy, flavoursome but not quite enough to top the Toad! Pete was at the fire so we can’t even say that the Frenchie wasn’t well trained in the art of potjie!
Third Place: The Cheerful Chunkies. An excellent position and the first NON RESTAURANT team to place. Their potjie was a rich chicken, mushroom and cream dish.
Taste of Africa: was a traditional Lamb and Veggie potjie with a lashing of surprise on the side with Mopani Worms and Kapenta… a first taste for many!
Café Roux: snuck into the top 5 with a seafood potjie laden with mussels.
Team Ellie: Best gees, best costumes and a delicious lamb potjie
Wild Sunflowers: They delivered the most South African potjie with a springbok dish
The Colonial Cooks: This expat team of 2 Brits and a Kiwi showed that expats can cook a potjie and also got the prize for the biggest schmoozers!
The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick makers: This recipe won the most OTT prize – they certainly had the most ingredients, the most supporters and we had had no idea you could fit so many ingredients in one pot.
The 4 Amigos: Their potjie may have not been the best in the village but they won a prize for best presentation!
The Cheerful Chunkies: A biltong potjie (recipe from Toks van de Linde) was submitted as a second recipe – yes they did TWO potjies and although it was good, there was no prize for cheating with 2 pots!
Special thanks once again to our judges:
- Mark Sampson
- Bernadette le Roux
- Sam Linsell (see Sam’s write up of the day on her blog – Drizzle and Dip)
And Finally: Photos
Thanks to Marcus of De’Marnique Photography who brought his camera and snapped the action. The official photos are currently being loaded on Marcus Website – please find the link here. Photos can be purchased from Marcus at a nominal cost per photo (Discounts available on bulk purchases)