Take advantage of the sunny season and head to these places in and around Joburg for great gourmet picnics.
Enjoy a picnic under the trees or by the water in Lanseria at the Fat Olive. For R245 per person, your basket will include crispy bread, country pâté, a medley of homemade fruit preserves, smoked Cape salmon with cream cheese and capers, chicken drumsticks, seasonal fruit and chocolate brownies. Bring the kids along for R80 per child and they’ll get a burger with crisps and chocolate. Pre-order drinks of your choice and they’ll be set up at your picnic site. The location prides itself on its birdlife and a local family of zebras, so you may get lucky and spot some of them while enjoying your treats.
If you like having a little bit more control over what’s in your picnic basket, why not design your own at the deli at Greensleeves, the medieval-themed spot in Sterkfontein. Grab a variety of cured cold meats, handcrafted cheeses, delectable preserves, jams, pickles, relishes, artisanal bread from the wood-fired oven, homemade pâtés and more to enjoy in the beautiful garden under ancient stinkwood trees. Add a bottle of wine, craft beer or fresh fruit juice, and some handcrafted ice cream for later. Reservation is advised and a pre-payment of R100 per person is required. Do note that Greensleeves picnics are closed for corporate functions and will re-open to the public in January 2020.
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For something special, choose from the array of the picnics available at Lethabo Estate inside the Crocodile River Reserve. The gourmet romantic picnic is R550 per person and set up next to the river on a mattress under umbrellas. For R875 per person, the luxury romantic picnic is secluded in a Bedouin-style tent or thatched gazebo. If you want to go all out, there’s the boudoir romantic picnic for R1675 per person in the Willow Tree Hideaway or King Fisher River Loft. The menu includes treats like a whole honey-roasted chicken, rare roast beef, potato salad, tiramisu and chocolate mousse cake. The vegetarian menu includes deep-fried camembert and a vegetable-and-nut phyllo pastry bake, while the halaal offering has kingklip skewers and alcohol-free tiramisu, to mention a few. There’s also a new vegan picnic menu available. Group and family picnics start at about R375 per person and breakfast picnics are also possible.
Head over to Stonehaven on Vaal for a picturesque picnic right on the banks of the Vaal River. For R242 per person, expect a picnic blanket and a basket filled with chipolatas, barbecue crumbed chicken, petite quiches, local cheeses, bacon-wrapped cheese sausages, kebabs, cold meats, mozzarella and cherry tomato skewers, cheese straws, savoury garnish, French bread with pâtés, crisps, dips and finger dessert delights. A bottle of wine of your choice can be added at a cost.
For a gourmet picnic at the heart of Muldersdrift in The Cradle of Humankind, go to the luxury Toadbury Hall Country Hotel. For R400 per person, you get the standard delectable gourmet picnic, with the kiddies’ basket going for R140 per child (aged five to 12). Opt for the romantic sunset gourmet picnic option for R900 per couple. Highlights from the gourmet picnic basket include chicken liver pâté with cranberry-and-apple jelly, roast beef with honey and mustard, yoghurt roast chicken, brownies and a cheese platter. It’s served with a Protea sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon or sparkling grape juice.
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