Deering Estate Foundation’s 15th annual “Wine on Harvest Moon”, the celebration of South Africa

On Saturday, October 15, took place the 15th annual Deering Estate Foundation’s “Wine on Harvest Moon,” a celebration of the wine, food, art and culture of South Africa.

The spirit of South Africa was brought to South Dade by the beating of drums, wild animals roaring, wine glasses clinking, cheers of “Akubekhule!” and smells of braai on the barbeque.

The transformation of the Deering Estate to the excitement and beauty of South Africa was absolutely incredible. Everywhere you turned was another vignette, or a piece of South African history, or even a Safari guide leading the way to a different scene filled with classical music or African drumming. It was remarkable, said event chairman Howard Tendrich.

South African Lamb Potjie, Grilled Braai Beef Skewers, Red Wine Braised Rib Cup, South African Barbeque Chicken & Slaw, Ceviche, and Lobster Mac & Cheese, among other delicious dishes were part of the menu and filled the plates of hundreds of party-goers who joined the event.

Top Miami restaurants and chefs who participated included: Chef Giuseppi Zouzo of Ana Capri, Executive Pastry Chef Olivier Rodriguez of the Biltmore Hotel, Chef Erik Conaway of Brio Tuscan Grille, Chef Aaron Drielinger of Chef David Schwadron Catering, Chef Michael Battle serving Deering Braai, Chef Drew Thomas of Devon Seafood + Steak, Chef Jason Jenezon of Kona Grill, Chef David Lesser of Munch Thyme, Chef Miguel Antonio Gomes of Pisco y Nazca, and many others. Chef Jouvens Jean, winner of Food Network’s “Chef Wanted” and “Cutthroat Kitchen,” was also on hand, as was coffee by Starbucks. Celebrity Cruises was the evening’s Culinary Arts Sponsor.

Koda, a live cheetah, was also present at the event. Koda is one of two male cubs who serve as ambassadors for the zoo’s Cheetah Ambassador Program.

The sommelier of Crown Wine, Spirits & Gourmet, Veronica Litton, selected the South African wines from different wine growing towns and regions, including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paal, Hemel-en-Aarde and Constantia. They included bottles of Stark-Condé Cabernet Sauvignon, Chamonix Red and Chamonix Chardonnay, Constantia Glenn Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Right Pinotage, Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet, and M.A.N.

The cultural arts of South Africa were front and center through “Eleven Voices,” the concurrent art exhibit that references the 11 official languages of South Africa. Co-curators Kim Yantis, of the Deering Estate, and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder and curator of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, selected works that show thematic inspirations from South African art and culture. The goal of the exhibit, on view through November 26, is to spark a discussion about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Land Rover South Dade was the evening’s Visual Arts Sponsor and Coconut Grove Bank was the Cultural Arts Sponsor.

For photos of the event, please visit the Wine on Harvest Moon website or Facebook Page.