Classic Cape Cuisine Walking Tour
Established in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. It’s a university town, home to romantic oak-lined streets, eye-popping architecture, stunning outdoor exhibitions and a whole range of coffee shops, restaurants, eateries and food market. Join Bites and Sites for their Classic Cape Cuisine Walking Tour and enjoy traditional Stellenbosch food and drinks as a guide leads you through the historic heart of this vibrant university town. The tour includes: Indigenous tea tasting and rusks, traditional snacks during a visit to a small, family-run butchery, wine tasting at a trendy spot in the town centre (non-alcoholic options available), heritage lunch platter featuring some South African favourites, trilogy of Cape desserts that our grandmothers used to bake and nostalgic sweets.
Lunch with a local family in Kayamandi
Get a peek into the vibrant day-to-day life of Kayamandi township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and meet the locals. Join Bites and Sites for an insightful walking tour with a local guide who was born and bred in Kayamandi. During your meander, you will meet local entrepreneurs and talented artists, see exciting community development projects (visit to a crèche on weekdays) and visit a spaza shop. After all of this, a Xhosa Mama will welcome you into her home for lunch. Sit back and listen to her stories about township life and experience the customs and traditions of Khayamandi’s people while you enjoy some delicous traditional home cooking. If you’re lucky, you might even get to help out in the kitchen and take one of Mama’s recipes back home!
Enjoy a farmstyle lunch at Diemersdal
Enjoy the flavours of the countryside and the relaxing farm ambiance in an old stable, restored with care by the Louw family, who have been making wine at Diemersdal in the Durbanville Wine Valley for six generations. Diemersdal Farm Eatery’s Chef Martin de Kock is famous for conjuring up delectable dishes, using locally grown and regionally sourced produce. What makes his fare so unique, is the fact that he blends his classical French training with the flavours of Provencal France, Spain and a touch of Asia. The herbs and some of the vegetables are from the kitchen garden, the preserves and pickles home-made and the bread freshly baked.
Indulge in a gourmet dinner at Delaire Graff’s Indochine
Located on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Delaire Graff has established itself as the wine estate of choice for those with distinguished taste in art and a palate in search of something slightly exotic. While we’re all for cheese and charcuterie platters, Indochine offers a complete alternative to familiar wine farm fare. The Asian-inspired cuisine makes for an evocative, fine dining food theatre. Here, delicate flavours come alive in harmony with one another and each dish is synonymous with vitality, wellness and healthy living. Indochine has certainly mastered the art of turning Asian tapas into a whole sensory experience. Expect to find signature dishes like pork belly and duck; and maybe even opt to do a tea ceremony.
Forage for your own mushrooms at Boschendal
In this day and age where rushing through grocery stores in search of quick and easy dinner ingredients has become standard practice, there are few things as gratifying as connecting with the soil during a foraging expedition. Every once in a while, Boschendal hosts a weekend-long workshop, where you will get to go in search of wild mushrooms in the poplar forest bordering The Werf Food Garden. You will be joined by foraging legend Justing Williams and Boschendal chef, Christiaan Campbell. These workshops are preschduled, so let us know if you are intersted and we can check on the dates for the next availaible workshop.
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