Being a Rotarian is not all work (it may all be fun) and no pleasure. On Sunday 17th March at the crack of dawn a team of 5 member of our Club headed out to Backsberg Wine Estate where the Paarl Club held the first, hopefully not the last, of an annual potjiekos competition. It was a magnificent day with tables all set up under the spreading oak trees and vine branches ready and waiting for the chef’s to start their fires. Ian Robertson had loaded his van with chairs, his entire stock of personal pots, dishes and cutlery. Coolers boxes containing chicken, vegetables, herbs and spices and two black cast iron cooking pots. Ian was prepared for any emergency. Chris du Plessis also equipped with lamb and his secret spices quietly went about doing all his own preparations for his Spiced Lamb served with cous cous. Sea Point eventually had around 35 members and friends, Goodwood had around 10 and Paarl but a few more than Claremont. John Jacobs made sure our wine glasses were always filled and also acted as an assistant, as did Lester Cameron. Maxwell put on her Rotary apron grabbed a knife and went about chopping and peeling under the watchful eye of Ian. Size WAS important. Great camaraderie between all the competitors and everyone mingled happily. Time for the judging which was ably done by two members of the Backsberg’ restaurant staff who took this challenge very seriously. We held our breath when the final winners were announced and lo and behold our little team won first prize for Chris’s Spiced Lamb. All I can say is those who weren’t there missed out on a truly wonderful day but on the bright side, the fearsome five treated the event as a mini lunch where we learned even more about each other. Most not printable.