On Twitter’s #TravelChatSA last evening the chat-theme #FoodTravelSA revealed just how popular food getaways have become in South Africa. And it’s not just the gourmands who love to go away and saturate their senses with sublime food; ordinary travellers – like you and I – just love a great culinary getaway, preferably when satisfying food meets superlative setting to deliver an eat-and-sleep-away of note. South Africa is considered a wonderful food destination by travellers and industry professionals alike, so here are just a few food getaway suggestions we have for you:
Culinary Weekends at De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape
Combine the sublime setting of the pristine De Hoop Nature Reserve with an exciting culinary theme and enjoy a wonderful weekend away. Upcoming culinary weekends are:
Middle East Cuisine 23-25 May
Chef Jonathan Franzen will delight you with cuisine from the Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and the Emirati. Fantastic menus have been designed for the weekend – we could tell you what they are, but we’re going to keep it a delicious surprise instead.
A Vietnamese Feast 20-22 June
Look forward to mouthwatering delights such as soft rice crêpes (banh trang), one of the most popular meals in Nam, rice noodles, fresh vegetables, herbs, pork, beef, chicken, duck and prawns.
“A Latin Fiesta” 25-27 July
Experience, with Jonathan Franzen, the robust cooking tradition that hails from South America during a fabulous food-and-nature weekend at De Hoop.
Food & Wine Weekends at Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg
Go and enjoy the enchantment of a the rocky Cederberg during one of the upcoming food and wine weekends at Bushmans Kloof. Expect epicurean feasts amid incredible beauty when Exec Chef Floris Smith joins forces with prestigious South African winemakers and wineries to create some sublime pairings of local food and excellent wines. Read More.
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in the Kamberg Valley, KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg
Every day is foodies’ day at this wonderful mountain retreat in the beautiful Drakensberg! Experience the sensational flavours of Richard Poynton’s gourmet feasts, and look forward to his legendary sauces, the result of his well-tried-and-tested reduction techniques. Get out and about in the mountains and walk or horse ride to work up the appetites you’ll need there!
Babel at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek
People come from far and wide to have the experience of a meal at Babel. Babylonstoren has one of the most amazing gardens in all the world, which supplies the restaurant Babel with the freshest goodies imaginable. Just today, they posted a pic on Facebook of a sweet potato they harvested weighing in at no less than 12.8 kilogram! So, guess what’s for dinner at Babel in the days ahead … Meals are an utter indulgence here, and so very fresh, and the stayover is supreme.
Cellars-Hohenort in the Constantia Valley, Cape Town
The much-praised Greenhouse showcases Cape Town’s first Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s Progressive South African cuisine, which emphasises local produce and flavours. There are exceptional tasting menus and à la carte menu which are paired with the appropriate wines from the surrounding wine region. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. The Conservatory is another fine choice to make at The Cellars-Hohenort, also transforming the freshest and finest local goodies into splendid eating experiences.
Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek
Margot Janse is Africa’s only female Grand Chef and heads up the famous Tasting Room which has a list of accolades to brag about. She offers a 5 or 8 course surprise tasting menu, with the option of wine pairing. It’s a phenomenal experience and needs to be booked well in advance.
Mail us about other great food getaways in South Africa, or call 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international)