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From gourmet to dining with a local

What pairs really well with wine? That’s right: food! No wonder the South African winelands are a foodie hotspot with so many different types of gastronomic experiences to enjoy! Here are five of our favourites:

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, a trilogy of Cape desserts that our grandmothers used to bake and a selection of nostalgic sweets.

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, a trilogy of Cape desserts that our grandmothers used to bake and a selection of nostalgic sweets.

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, a trilogy of Cape desserts that our grandmothers used to bake and a selection of 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 when you join Bites and Sites for an insightful walking tour with a local guide. During your meander, you will meet entrepreneurs and talented artists, see exciting community development projects (pop in at 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 Kayamandi’s people while you enjoy delicious 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!

 

Get a peek into the vibrant day-to-day life of Kayamandi township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and meet the locals when you join Bites and Sites for an insightful walking tour with a local guide. During your meander, you will meet entrepreneurs and talented artists, see exciting community development projects (pop in at 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 Kayamandi’s people while you enjoy delicious 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!

 

Get a peek into the vibrant day-to-day life of Kayamandi township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and meet the locals when you join Bites and Sites for an insightful walking tour with a local guide. During your meander, you will meet entrepreneurs and talented artists, see exciting community development projects (pop in at 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 Kayamandi’s people while you enjoy delicious 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.

 

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 seeking the 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.

 

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 seeking the 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.

 

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 seeking the 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. Because these events don’t happen on a regular basis, it’s best to get in touch with Boschendal via email and ask them to keep you posted.

Interested in one of our food experiences? Contact Destinate Travel to design a unique Winelands food experience, based on your personal interests and dietary requirements OR simply book one of the above experiences with us. Come travel with us. We do it differently.

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. Because these events don’t happen on a regular basis, it’s best to get in touch with Boschendal via email and ask them to keep you posted.

Interested in one of our food experiences? Contact Destinate Travel to design a unique Winelands food experience, based on your personal interests and dietary requirements OR simply book one of the above experiences with us. Come travel with us. We do it differently.