It’s almost summertime and the living is tasty at Delheim Estate, the Stellenbosch destination at the foothills of the Simonsberg. The season for its Riverside Picnics kicks off this weekend, offering new summer-inspired fare to celebrate Mother Nature and all her seasonal deliciousness.
From Saturday, October 1, until the end of April, visitors can partake in the Estate’s tailor-made picnic experience in its setting at the edge of the Klip River with its abundant bird life.
Each basket costs R460 per couple. For starters, there’s a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, pickled pumpkin, biltong, crusty bread, and hummus. Then, tuck into the more substantial indulgences: a kidney bean and sweet corn salsa; two salads, one of watermelon, the other a chicken Caesar; a roast beef bagel with all the trimmings; and a decadent mini milk tart. A vegetarian option is also on offer.
Each basket comes with a bottle Delheim Sauvignon Blanc, the estate’s Pinotage Rosé, or a bottle of Delheim Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz.
Children’s baskets are available at R100 each and contain goodies such as chicken wing lollipops with baby potatoes and cucumber, juice as well as cheese and crackers. Each kiddies’ box comes with home-baked cookies, which they can immediately set about decorating too.
“Our historic farm offers a serene setting to coax the entire family to ditch their electronic devices and connect with nature instead,” says Delheim Destination Manager, Charlotte Terblanche. “Before settling down for a picnic, some of the grown-ups might want to saddle up for a session on our mountain bike trail. Then, after lawn games with the kids, conclude your picnic with some cloud-spotting and our cupcake and wine pairing.”
Besides family outings, Delheim’s Riverside Picnics are also available for end-of-year celebrations, corporate outings, entertaining the in-laws during the holidays, a stork tea al fresco style, or a relaxed pre-wedding social before a loved one ties the knot.
The estate is a strong follower of sustainable farming, and is committed to the conservation and the rehabilitation of their natural habitat and indigenous flora. With these Riverside Picnics they invite people to reconnect with Delheim and its carefully preserved natural environment.
Delheim’s Garden Restaurant, with views of the farm and Table Mountain in the distance, is also in full summer swing. Its brand new menu eschews the elaborate and echoes the simple tastes and sublime flavours and textures unique to the season.
“I’m so over complicated dishes with 16 components on the plate…a clichéd artwork of smears and blobs,” declares Chef Bruce von Pressentin, who harvests most of his greens from the new organic vegetable and herb garden on the estate. “At Delheim, we keep it simple, fresh and real with an earthy charm.”
“Our new summer menu is a fusion of simple, contemporary creations from across the world, where the quality of the ingredients is allowed to speak for itself. To me, plain fare that tastes great is a sign of a really good cook.”
Some of the options on Von Pressentin’s summer menu include sautéed prawns with Delheim vine leaves, fresh tomato coulis and tempura basil leaves. For vegetarians there is the panko crumbed aubergine with forest phantom-ashed goat’s cheese and caponata, spruced up with a roasted garlic and tomato sauce, shaved parmesan and rocket pesto.
Amongst the mains, meat aficionados might fancy the ostrich fillet with sweet potato puree, red cabbage kimchi and salted caramel toffee apple with a zesty apple cider jus.
Dessert temptations to end your lunch experience on a decadent high include a light litchi panna cotta with watermelon and chamomile consommé, festooned with a fennel seed tuille, fruit brunoise and rose petal reduction.
The Delheim Riverside Picnics are on offer seven days a week and should be pre-booked via the restaurant, on 021 888 4607; or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blankets are available with payment of a R100 refundable deposit.
Delheim’s Garden Restaurant is also open seven days a week. Reserve a cosy spot inside or outside on the terrace.
Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.