If the sound of a cooking course combined with a relaxing breakaway stirs your senses to sizzle, then Food Routes – an online expressway to an array of ‘wine, dine and recline’ adventures across South Africa – is your ticket to unleash your inner master chef with a cavalcade of Culinary Holidays to indulge in this winter.
On a Food Routes Culinary Holiday, food lovers can zero in on such edible experiences as a hands-on cooking lesson based in a setting somewhere in South Africa and relish learning how to make regional specialties from the traditional staples unique to the area. The lineup of novel nomadic cooking classes – on offer until the end of August – vary from gastronomic encounters in the Karoo and a Winelands whip up, to a culinary safari at one of the most renowned gourmet destinations in KwaZulu-Natal as well as a salivating stay at working sheep farm in the Cape.
“Our cooking holidays are ideal taste adventures to beef up a bachelorette party; give a fresh new twist to corporate breakaways, or to add some spice to your holiday with a loved one,” says Stefane Kruger, co-founder of Food Routes.
“Its home-grown stay-and-play adventures with gourmet flair and your ‘teacher’ might be a professional chef or a local who passes along generations of family recipes and a passionate dedication for African cuisine.”
The charming De Kaap Farm Kitchen in McGregor sets the culinary stage in the picturesque Breede River Valley with numerous casual, farm style cooking courses on offer during weekends. These include demos by guest lecturers over a glass of wine, followed by a languid lunch under the vine covered patio. Their monthly themes for June until August lift the lid on Fusion Cooking, Artisan Bread Making, Middle Eastern/Lebanese Feasts and Artisan Cheese making and the cost ranges from R580 to R1200 per head.
Or get your gourmet groove on in KZN at Thula Thula Elephant Safari Lodge. There owner and French trained chef Francoise Malby-Anthony will teach course participants some of the latest techniques and tips learned from her annual visits to the LeNôtre Culinary Institute in Paris, whilst immersed in the pristine African bushveld.
* For more destination options and information, visit www.foodroutes.co.za.
Booking requests for the Food Routes Culinary Holidays can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 082 5427566 or 023 626 3498.