Farm to fork Stellenbosch ticks all the boxes for foodie travellers
“Visiting a winery and doing a tasting no longer whets travelers’ appetites the way it once did. Now they want to meet with the wine grower and be personally shown around the vineyards, for example.” This was the lowdown in a recent trend report by skift.com, The Future of Food Tourism Goes Beyond the Restaurant Experience
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“Foodie travelers spend about 18-20% more in destinations for every age group and country of origin”
“Although food tourists do and will eat in restaurants, simple dining is not a food tourist’s goal. Learning about a particular food, or even better, a regional food culture is the big draw.”
“For a restaurant to enter into the experience realm that food tourists seek, it needs to do more than just prepare and serve great food.”
Stellenbosch, just 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre is a natural contender for the personal food experience with a growing number of experiences that bring visitors from farm to fork.
Try these trusted Stellenbosch foodie immersions for a real taste of the gourmet and the artisanal.
A unique – and much loved – fine dining experience in Stellenbosch is the Chef’s Table at Makaron Restaurant, Majeka House. Sit in the heart of the kitchen with Chef Tanja Kruger who will explain her delectable creations as they come to life. All produce is sourced locally or picked from the hotel's garden, and dishes are perfectly paired with wines from the region.
Spaces like Eight at Spier and Waterkloof Restaurant offer amazing farm-to-table experiences in spectacular settings. Waterkloof Estate - home to an award-winning restaurant of the same name -now also offers monthly biodynamic walks on the farm to whet your appetite.
Bites and Sites specialises in food and history tours. On these tours, visitors discover authentic Cape food and wine, as well as the vibrant history of Stellenbosch with plenty of stories about food origins and traditions throughout the tour.
Route360’s new Kayamandi Township Tour and Dine With A Local experience offers the chance to spend some time in the company of Stellenbosch residents, learning about the daily life of the locals whilst eating like one too.
The region offers some interesting wine pairings. Try Die Bergkelder’s salt and wine pairing by Fleur du Cap, head for a Turkish delight and wine pairing at Lourensford, and cupcakes and wine at Delheim.
In addition, most restaurants change their menus seasonally depending on what they grow or can source locally.
Stellenbosch will be in London in the first week of November – along with representatives of Cape Town Tourism – to showcase the region’s unique food and wine tourism offerings to trade and media attending World Travel Market. Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Cape Town Tourism will also host an evening at the all-new German Gymnasium in King’s Cross, with a spotlight on the delicious flavours of the Cape – along with a few more good reasons to put Cape Town and Stellenbosch on the travel bucket list.