My Mom was visiting us for the weekend, so I thought it would be a fun day out for us to visit the Grove & Vineyard festival at Casalinga. I figured between my mom, Walter and I, we could manage a 3 year old and a baby at a food & wine festival right?
In theory… yes… in practice… not, only because Walter ditched us at the last minute to have an impromptu date with his tattooist and 5 hours in her chair! I still figured I had this, I could manage, how hard could it be right? Pushing a pram and keeping an eye on my 3 year old at a packed festival?
Clearly we were Grove & Vineyard newbs! It is a great event to take children to and there were plenty of families there, with young children, who clearly were experienced in the art of enjoying the Grove & Vineyard festival! They came in large groups, with picnic blankets & camping chairs, they set up camp around the children’s playground and while the dad’s supervised the kiddies play (not very well I might add, as we did see a child get knocked out cold after he ran in front of a swinging swing), the mom’s headed into the tents to purchase the divine foods and wines on offer and then they picnicked and enjoyed their purchases.
I, on the other hand, spent about 15 minutes trying to push the pram between the hay bales, while keeping an eye on wherever it was that Ava had run off to, all the while feeling my irritation rise and thoughts of stabbing my husband in the eye with this tattooists machine!
Ava did enjoy having her face and nails painted.
But when I could take no more, we did manage to secure a table at the restaurant, in front of the kids play area where we enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal.
I really do love Casalinga, it is still my most favorite restaurant in Jozi, the food is spectacular, the decor and surroundings are beautiful, but after Saturday, I’m even more convinced its simply not a place to take a child. Well, not my child anyway, Ava’s lunch of Chicken and Chips cost R95 and she ate literally 4 chips!
I’d love to visit the Grove & Vineyard festival again next year, but this time we’ll go better prepared and we’ll feed Ava before we go so we don’t land up spending a fortune on food she barely eats.
But when next you’re dining at Casalinga, be sure to taste their glazed fruit, it is without a doubt,the most delicious treat and one of the many reasons I always want to go back there, I dream about their glazed fruit and cheese platters!