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Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

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Cost
Picnic Baskets; for one person R260, for two people R430, for three people R590
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Owners description

This is many a Joburger’s favourite picnic experience. The baskets you get for keeps and contains cheese platters, of course, showing off the delicious and unusual cheeses produced here, meat platters, farm-type pickles, olives, bread and biscuits, fresh fruits and cinnamon-sweet Dutch cookies.

Children get theirs packed in cute little knapsacks (R70). For further entertainment there’s mountain biking and cheese tours but you get an allocated piece of the Skeerpoort riverbank and picnickers are only too delighted with that. There is built-in concrete seating further into the lawn area but most people take blankets and stuff down to the bank. The restaurant is fully licensed and drinks can be obtained there or, if you bring your own bubblies or wines.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

Stores and Markets

Owner: Annelies van Gaalen

Opening times: Monday 8am to 5pm; Tuesday closed; Wednesday to Sunday 8am to 5pm

This Dutch-style cheese farm at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains produces thirty different dairy delights, all of which are available in a range of flavours and maturity levels. Expect row upon row of young Gouda laden with cumin, stacks of mature boerenkaas infused with stinging nettles, and a proudly South African Peppadew creation. Cheese can be bought in any quantity at the farm store, which also sells pickles, Dubbel Zout licorice and speculaas biscuits. There are also cheese-tasting tours and the small cheese-focused garden restaurant sells tasty Dutch dishes such as kroketten and stroopwafels.
Smart shopper tip: Why not book a cheese-laden picnic hamper and stop for lunch on the banks of the Skeerpoort river, which runs through the farm.

Store categories
Cheese and dairy products

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