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Xhosa Feast with Ma’Swartbooi in Kayamandi
The Township Tour with Thembi continues and ends with a Xhosa Feast in Kayamandi.
by Elmarie Berry
On our way to Mamma Swartbooi’s house, we popped in at the home of jewelry-maker, Portia. Portia started out working at a beads shop in the Eikestad Mall in Stellenbosch. She proudly showed us her range of bracelets, beaded necklaces, and earrings which she makes at home. She also runs a project for girls between 13 – 18 years where they make jewelry, she sells it and uses the money to buy them toiletries.
Our Final stop on the tour was at Mamma Swartbooi for a traditional Xhosa lunch. She is also part of the “homestay” initiative by accommodating people and cooking for them since 2005. We were greeted with open arms and a big smile. Welcome-Welcome in my home! The table was set and ready for us to enjoy a wonderful meal. She brought out ice cold ginger beer that she prepared two days beforehand, and it was the best ginger beer I have ever had. Luckily for us, I got the recipe and will share it with you. The menu includes vetkoek, chakalaka, morog, pap, chicken and mxhaxaa (pumpkin and corn with cinnamon). Dessert was custard, jelly, and fruit.
We had a wonderful visit to Mamma Swartbooi and it was the perfect ending to our tour. Like Thembi said it was not just a tour, it was for a change! A day I will remember forever.
The tour is up to 3 hours which includes: a guided walk through Kayamandi, a visit to the school and the Grannys’ house, stopping at Jimmy Datini’s home where you can make your own clay bowl with Jimmy’s assistance, visiting Portias jewelry shop and doing a beer tasting at a local shebeen. The tour ends off at Mamma Swartbooi for a traditional lunch in her home.
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by Ilse van der Merwe
Gone are the days when you left your kids with a babysitter when going to a wine tasting! At Neethlingshof, children are specially made to feel welcome with their very own professionally presented little tasting board of chocolate milk, grape juice and apple juice paired with delectable treats like cupcakes, chicken filled mini pancakes, and mini burgers. At only R50 for kids tastings, parents can rest assured that they’ll be able to wine and relax a little longer while the whole family is entertained and fed.
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By Nicolette Booyens
Seated at the foothills of the Simonsberg, this family owned and managed wine farm is historically significant, yet casual and homely at the same time. Founded in 1692 the farm specializes in producing red wines and does so with a twist of style and a lot of personality. Their Silvermyn range is named after a silver and copper mine that forms part of the heritage in the breathtaking Banhoek valley that Zorgvliet calls home.
Their Cabernet Franc Rose is uniquely flavourful, but their sultry Malbec was my favourite for the day. The personality and family presence of estate owners Stephan and Izelle van der Merwe is felt everywhere on the farm. Both a white and red blend is named after their daughters, based on the colour of their hair. Simone is blonde and Richelle dark and Auburn.
The farm has a delightful chapel and is an ideal wedding venue, offering romance, drama and unforgettably beautiful vistas. Besides the wonderful wine and warm hospitality, Zorgvliet offers a natural paradise where you can slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy a reflective moment.
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