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7 Days Culinary Trip in South Africa by African Appétit

7 Days Culinary Trip in South Africa by African Appétit

  • Paarl, South Africa

Culinary Vacation in South Africa

Join us for a culinary adventure to discover the myriad of dishes produced by our rainbow nation. We here at African Apptit offer you the opportunity to learn more about South African food, culture, and wine during a week long culinary extravaganza. You will be hosted in luxury accommodation, take part in interactive cooking sessions every day and have the chance to travel and relax in one of the most beautiful areas of our country.

Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes, 2 baking classes
  • Olive oil tasting, cheese tasting, wine tasting
  • 2 garden tours, 2 farm visits,vineyard trip
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Meals with beverages
  • Restaurant trips
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Afrikaans, English
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Day 1: Sunday - Arrival

  • After arriving and settling into your very comfortable 4 star accommodation you will be met by us, your hosts for the week.
  • Experience sunset from Paarl Mountain, enjoy the sabrage and sip a glass of the Capes finest sparkling wine. We will share information about the relaxed, yet informative and exciting week that awaits you. For your first evening we will introduce you to the great South African tradition of braaiing, one of the popular food experiences of our rainbow nation! Participation is optional but it would be great if you would join in.

Day 2: Monday - Olive oil tasting, farm visits, cheese tasting, cooking class

  • After breakfast you will be given the opportunity to do an olive oil tasting by a master artisan who is passionate about his products.
  • We will then meander through the Capes wheat-field and vineyards as we make our way to the quaint town of Wellington for a delectable light lunch and wine tasting.
  • From there we will introduce you to water buffalo and taste and source some truly original mozzarella.
  • We then head to a nearby farm which hosts 4,000 hectares of nature reserve and magnificent fynbos bordering on the Drakenstein mountains. Our hostess, Louise, will welcome us with tea and a home-made treat before we take to the kitchen for a wonderful interactive session using the products sourced during the morning.
  • Before sitting down to a magnificent dinner of your own making, experience a Boland sun downer safari in an open game-viewing vehicle amongst antelope and quaggas. This will be a memorable day with a Mediterranean touch.

Day 3: Tuesday - Excursions, market visit, baking class

  • South Africa, and more specifically the Western Cape, was greatly influenced by the Malay people who were brought to South Africa as slaves. Marianne will take you on a guided tour of some of the Capes historical sights such as the Castle, The Company Gardens, and an overview of the Mother City from Signal Hill.
  • Late morning, we will spend some time exploring the V & A Waterfront. This is a vibey, up-market landmark of Cape Town where youll have the opportunity to do some personal shopping for souvenirs and gifts. An optional lunch here is at your own expense.
  • We then head off to the historical Bo-Kaap Home of the Malays. On foot you can soak up the atmosphere and make use of delightful photo opportunities of this historical area.
  • We make our way to a Bo-Kaap kitchen where the heritage and traditions of the Malay people are explained by our host, Yusaf, while we actively fold samoosas and roll rootis.
  • We end the day with a traditional Malay feast with Table Mountain as backdrop.

Day 4: Wednesday - Baking class, wine tasting, free time, cooking class

  • This morning pick-up time is earlier as we start our active day. We will depart for the beautiful town of Franschhoek but on the way you have to earn your lunch by participating actively in kneading artisan breads. In an informal fun way youll be taught the tricks of the trade.
  • We will sample the great Franschhoek wines before settling down to a wonderful alfresco lunch under the trees.
  • After lunch you are free to explore Franschhoek with all its quaint shops and magnificent scenery. If you feel the need for some pampering, an optional visit at your own expense, could be organised to the serene Camelot Spa. You will also have the opportunity to walk in Mandelas footprints to freedom at the Drakenstein Heritage Site.
  • Dinner this evening is an informal get together featuring another of South Africas traditional dishes. We would love you to help in the preparation.

Day 5: Thursday - Garden tour, vineyard visit, excursion

  • After a relaxing breakfast we head off to do a tour of the culinary gardens and vineyards of a nearby farm. Here our guide will explain how the pioneers of our country used the indigenous herbs to flavour their food. Youll be pleasantly surprised by the tastefully presented lunch of dishes prepared using herbs and plants out of the gardens.
  • After lunch we travel over Helshoogte Pass through the beautiful Banhoek Valley to the town of Stellenbosch. This scenic town is steeped in history and is also home to one of the biggest universities in South Africa.
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure meandering through the streets and alleys.
  • Traditional dishes from various African cultures is our theme for tonights dinner.

Day 6: Friday - Excursion, abalone farm visit, restaurant trips

  • Today we head off to the glorious East Coast town of Hermanus to experience beautiful sandy beaches, clear skies and fantastic fresh seafood. You may spot a Southern Right whale or two should you visit us during whale season (June to December).
  • Be introduced to the many facets of the abalone industry as explained by our guide at a local abalone farm. Gourmet chef and owner of Milkwood Restaurant, Frank Matthee, will prepare his well-known abalone dish for us. He will also explain the fish industry of South Africa and point out the SASSI colour coded fish sustainability list.
  • After free time exploring Hermanus well end off this remarkable day with a sun downer overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean. A feast of fresh fish in a local restaurant awaits you for dinner.

Day 7: Saturday - Market visit, garden tour, free time, farewell dinner

  • Your last day with us but a very full day because there is still so much we want to share with you. We start off with a visit to a local market full of glorious fresh produce and hand crafts. As the day unfolds youll experience more South African surprises and hospitality.
  • Our next stop is the beautiful culinary garden of Babel. Here we will be guided through this magnificent garden by one of the horticulturists.
  • Enjoy a light lunch under the oaks whilst soaking up the sun.
  • After lunch you are free to an afternoon of rest and relaxation at your accommodation.
  • At your final farewell dinner this evening, you will be treated to more SA favourites and an evening of fun.
  • After dinner we say our goodbyes sad that such a great week has come to an end, but also richer for meeting interesting people and sharing ideas and having fun in our beautiful country. May you leave with plenty of happy memories to take home.