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Moderate Drinking Has Benefits, How Much is Too Much?

21 September 2017 – Drinking in moderation has been linked, in numerous studies, to a wide variety of health benefits — lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol. But it’s also possible to get too much of a good thing, experts say. The Big Q: What is drinking in moderation? Read more…


South African wines see increased interest from US consumers

21 September 2017 – As US interest in South African wines grows, Chenin Blanc is providing a focal point for introducing more and more consumers to the category, according to industry body Wines of South Africa (WOSA).  Read more…

5 Social Media Trends That Will Have Maximum Impact in 2018

21 September 2017 – Opinion: The role of social media marketers is expanding. Read more…

Western Cape takes a sober look at ways to curb drinking

21 September 2017 – The Western Cape’s alcohol harms reduction policy white paper was published last week. It represents the Western Cape’s policy position on alcohol, mitigating its harm and informing potential provincial law changes. Read more…

Agri Expo News

20 September 2017 – Adam Tas at the Groot Plaasproe.

The popular Afrikaans singer Adam Tas is to perform at the Groot Plaasproe on Saturday 14 October 2017 on Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. Farmies as well as Townies will enjoy this brand new experience of all things farm. Tas, also a farmer and nature lover, will be on stage from 16:30 to 18:15. He will sing songs from his latest album, “Patatas & Pyptabak”, as well as from his Johnny Cash tribute album. Nic Stevens, solo singer also known as one of  “Die Broers”, will perform from 14:30 to 16:30 and Die Wildberries from 12:00 to 14:30. From 10:00 to 14:30, line dancers will entertain the crowd and show them the ropes to join in the fun.

The programme also include Boeresport (11:00 to 13:00), as well as the Big Ice-cream Eating Competition (13:15) for participants of all ages, and the Big Braai Competition (11:00 to 13:00) for solo or team braaiers, for which you may bring your own meat or buy meat from a stall. An array of artisan products such as wine, cheese, sosaties, roosterkoek, steak, yogurt and ice cream will be available for tasting and sale at stalls. Try out unique combinations such as boergoat meat and craft beer next to the braai, jaffles, skaapstertjies, wildspotjie, afvalpotjie, gin, biltong and droëwors, freshly baked farm bread, milktart, skaapkop, pap with smoor, milkshake and much more.

Children, even the ones who do not have a pet at home, can participate in the special Townies fun show (11:00 to 12:00) to lead a milk goat around the arena. Kids can ride ponies, visit a touch farm and meet miniature horses and donkeys. The programme also include working sheep dog demonstration (12:00 to 13:00), sheep shearing (every hour from 10:00 to 13:00) and dog jumping and flyball competition (13:15 to 18:00). Have a go at judging by voting for the cutest animal in the Big Favourite Competition or pose with any animal to enter the Big Selfie Competition. Discover the difference between alpacas and lamas, see how different animals’ wool is spun and experience the crowning of the FNB Dairy Queen and the BKB Red Meat King or Queen. Rabbit lovers should not miss the Cape Rabbit Club’s Championship Spring Show – with a pet bunny show at 10:30.

The Groot Plaasproe forms part of the fourth Livestock, a world-class annual showcase of the South African livestock and dairy industry, attracting thousands of agriculture enthusiasts to Sandringham. It takes place from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 October 2017 (from 09:00 to 18:00). Tickets are available from Computicket and the gate at R80 (Saturday), R60 (Thursday or Friday), R50 for pensioners and scholars (14 to 18 years) and free for children 13 years and under.  Linedancers (or aspiring dancers) can buy discounted tickets from line dance judge Karin van der Merwe (karin@bootscooters.co.za or 082 837 2682). Visit www.livestock.org.za for more information; follow Livestock on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or contact Agri-Expo on 021-975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za.



Released by Agri-Expo.  Enquiries to Isabeau Botha, Corporate Communications Manager, 021 975 4440, isabeau@agriexpo.co.za

What’s the role of emotion in the perception of wine?

20 September 2017 – We see emotion in tasting notes. A wine can be joyful. How? It’s an emotion. From reading tasting notes, there is ample evidence that emotion is an integral part of the perception that the writer is trying to capture verbally. Do colours have emotional content? I think so. Wines have colour. Read more…