Highlights of day 3, walking through Kayamandi - #stellenblog2016
As an alternative to your usual hotel breakfast, Bites and Sites food tours took the bloggers to Kayamandi for a traditional meal with one of the locals. First on the menu was Noncawe’s friendly smile and inviting personality. She has a way of making you feel like family from the start and her hospitality is worth mentioning. A lot of questions were asked about all the dishes served and other interesting meals served in the community. After breakfast a tour on foot through the township to some of the creative entrepreneurs and artist’s homes was a wonderful way to see how people were living locally and more smiles were handed out by kids running up for a hug or creating a photo opportunity, with a move or a pose.
One of these artists is Jimmy, the local potter, who taught one or two of the bloggers how to create their own work of art. Watch how NIEDblog gets his first lesson in pottery. Not all of these artists are based in the township. The Ghetto Art Gallery is the latest addition to Stellenbosch’s list of galleries and is a must-visit to anyone. Pop in at 135 Bird Street and let Vuyo tell you how his dream became a reality.
On the edge of the Stellenbosch Wine Route lies a little piece of heaven. As you drive up the hill to Waterkloof, a magnificent building welcomes you and the panoramic view of the mountains, vineyards and ocean is something not to be missed. Waterkloof does everything in excellence. Their passionate winemaker explained in detail how serious they are about biodynamic farming and how this impacts the flavours of their world-class wines.
The main reason for the visit was because of restaurant. Gregory Czarnecki is a “Van Gogh” with food – an absolute master at what he does. No surprise then that Waterkloof is one of SA’s Top 10 restaurants.
Dinner at Delheim with a difference – they had the idea to make the bloggers “work” for their dinner. All were sent out to go mushroom foraging. It is a fun way to learn more about this fungi, getting to know which ones are edible or not. The mushrooms were prepared in style and served at dinner. First on a creamy cauliflower soup and then some more mushrooms on an open lasagne. A lovely way to end off the evening was with Delheim’s beautiful cupcake and wine pairing, that works perfectly as a desert and night cap in one.