Food & Wine
The Forager searches for the ‘Wildest Cocktail’ in the country
Last year The Botanist Gin introduced THE FORAGER, a unique pop-up bar concept, which saw a limited number of pop-up evening events taking place throughout the year in unconventional, secret urban spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This year The Botanist Gin brings it back, but with a twist. THE FORAGER is now on the hunt for the “Wildest Cocktail” in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and for the first time, Durban. Three of South Africa’s up-and-coming bartenders, in each city, will compete in a challenge to craft the wildest serves, using The Botanist Gin and their own local, hand-foraged botanicals.
For three weeks, each cocktail will be available at the venues for members of the public to experience for themselves. “This year we are looking for “Wildest Cocktail” in South Africa. We will be working with some of the country’s most promising bartenders to create something special. The best part about this year is that everyone can be involved. The public can visit any of our partnering venues, enjoy the cocktails for themselves and tell us exactly which one they think should win. We are really looking forward to awarding the “Wildest Cocktail in South Africa,” said Tamika Sewnarain, Brand Manager for The Botanist Gin, South Africa. Before each event, the nine participating bartenders will attend a bespoke foraging experiences, led by local foraging experts, including Roushanna Gray. They will guide them on a local foraging tour to choose fynbos and other indigenous ingredients from their region, with which they will create their own unique serves of The Botanist Gin.
Industry experts and invited guests will then take part in an Urban Forage, where they will visit each competitor’s bar, taste the cocktails and then vote for the one they feel is the most inspired. In mid- October, the regional winners will compete for the title of the “Wildest Cocktail” in South Africa. The bartender with the most votes and highest score at the end of THE FORAGER series will win the ultimate Botanist experience. This will include a bespoke foraging master class with Roushanna Gray, two days with industry expert and previous winner of THE FORAGER, Gareth Wainwright, and a personalised forager’s bartending kit bag.
CAPE TOWN The Botanist ‘Wildest cocktail’ is available to the public at the below mentioned venues from 4th – 24th September. Venues: The Stack, The Gin Bar, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium
JOBURG The Botanist ‘Wildest cocktail’ is available to the public at the below mentioned venues from 11th – 30th September 2017. Venues: The Artisan, Sin + Tax, Marble
DURBAN The Botanist ‘Wildest cocktail’ is available to the public at the below mentioned venues from 18th September – 7th October. Venues: The Chef’s Table, Lucky Shaker, The Chairman
Follow THE FORAGER on Facebook at @TheForagerSA ; and on Instagram @TheForagerSA The Botanist Gin is available at selected retailers from R499.
Get It Durban October 2017Michelle Markham, Goddess of waste