<div class="ExternalClass278B0F8CCD644FE0892D4FBEC5F8A176"><p>​</p><div class="ExternalClass92C443851E1A4B0FA22E9C100E44E614"><p>​When the Pilgrim Fathers arrived in North America, local Indians warned them never to eat shellfish in a month with an "r" in the name. Which sounds a bit suspect as where did the Sioux get the Julian calendar from? </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Still sticking with Sitting Bull and his braves, in the Southern Hemisphere where the seasons are reversed, Apache Rules would declare months without an "r" as the time to eat shellfish.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">May is the first and just to be on the safe side, we're waiting until the last day of the month for our Mussels in May festival at Den Anker on the Waterfront in Cape Town. We're all cavemen now, eating fat and protein like mad and foreswearing carbohydrates in a lazy attempt to lose weight and mussels fit the bill.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It's déjà vu and back to the future again. For as inhabitants of the Western Cape, we're all spiritual descendants of the <em>strandlopers</em> who feasted on mussels and <em>alikreukel</em> as they skinny dipped at Sandy Bay and Clifton, inventing jewellery and face painting in their spare time.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The only thing they lacked was Sauvignon Blanc to drink at their shellfish feasts commemorated by middens of abandoned shells long before the Portuguese pitched up with their sardines and padrãos. <em>Ultra Liquors</em> are solving the problem 80,000 years later with thanks to Jan van Riebeeck for importing the vine from Europe. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">SA's leading liquor retailer has made a match made in culinary heaven. They've embraced the best of Belgian cuisine in the shape of Doekle and Rejeanne Vlietman and persuaded them to cook 1Kg of mussels each for 200 guests at their iconic Den Anker restaurant at the Cape Town Waterfront. Vegetarian options available.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Washed down with icy green Sauvignon Blanc from the Cape's premier maritime appellations of Darling and Durbanville. Red wine available. For this is to be a tournament of terroir. Can you taste the difference between the green peppers of Durbanville and the dusty capsicum flavours from Darling? Do you even care if they both work with Den Anker delights?</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Whatever your motivation you're advised to come down and drop anchor at Den Anker on Saturday 31 May 2014 from noon until 4pm for the Ultra Mussels in May contest of strength and daring.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Come and exercise your love mussel. Embrace your inner <em>strandloper</em>. Ultra Mussels in May. You know it makes sense. Tickets available from www.webtickets.co.za for R150. Your ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, wine tasting, live entertainment by Bottomless Coffee Band and 1 kg of delicious mussels. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information please contact: Luke Krone  Mobile: 082 3549007 or Email: <a href="mailto:luke@lukerkone.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#02062b">luke@lukerkone.com</font></span></a> </p></div></div><img alt="" src="/sites/waterfrontcontent/News%20Images/Ultra_Mussels_in_May.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />2014-03-31T22:00:00Z



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