This Franschhoek tour designed by SA’s top chefs is getting people eating for a good cause

Some of the country’s best chefs have teamed up with The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy to launch a clever fundraising initiative called Kopano. The concept is a simple one, aimed at offering guests a guided walk of the informal settlements surrounding Franschhoek, followed by a traditional South African lunch.

Kopano is just one of the newest programmes that the academy has launched. Kopano, which translates to ‘gathering’ in Sotho, was developed to help raise funds to cover the academy’s operating costs, as well as to provide a training platform for its students to practice what they have been taught. Guests will meet with a local guide who will take them on an educational tour of the local community. After the tour, it’s on to Bathos Place – a restored informal settlement in Groendal –  for a proper South African meal. Dishes are freshly prepared by the academy’s students and change on a daily basis. Your ticket also includes beers and wines, as well as chakalaka made with Chris Erasmus’s highly guarded recipe.

Part of the tour, with the local guide. Photo supplied.

The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy was established as a social responsibility initiative that works within the restaurant industry. As Franschhoek is a cultural hub teeming with incredible restaurants, there is a huge need for skilled staff. Unfortunately, most culinary schools and hospitality training courses are expensive, and young people from local communities can’t afford to study formally. This is where the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy comes in. The academy provides hospitality training and leadership development to the disadvantaged youth situated within Franschhoek’s surrounding communities.

The team preparing the delicious lunch. Photo supplied.

The success of this initiative has been the result of the tireless team at Franschhoek Hospitality Academy, as well as some of the industry’s heavy-hitters. Margot Janse, Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s fame, Matthew Gordon (of French Connection Bistro) and Foliage’s Chris Erasmus have all donated their time and expertise to this initiative to uplift the communities they do business in, as well as improve the industry as a whole.

You can expect hearty, traditional food. Photo supplied.

This interactive tour is a great way to learn more about the people that make Franschhoek so special. It’s also a great way to experience the food and culture of South Africa, all while giving back to the community.

Tickets cost R600 per person and include a guided tour and a traditional lunch with drinks. The tours are available on Mondays and Fridays, catering for up to 20 guests at a time. To secure your tickets, click here to book through The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy.


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