Boschendal Wine Farm in Franschhoek is set to launch its first Farm to Table Festival on 23 and 24 April 2016. The festival will give guests an opportunity to sample fresh local, seasonal and ethically sourced produce and food, and sip on premium wines while enjoying educational workshops and talks from some inspiring foodies.
Workshops include a bread-baking class with master baker Fritz Schoon of Schoon de Companje, a sausage-making class with Boschendal’s Marc Muncer, a compost-creation workshop with Karen Parkin, and a BBQ workshop with Frik Oosthuizen of Santa Annas.
There will also be talks and demos on urban food growing, biological agriculture, and mozzarella making with Wayne Rademeyer of Buffalo Ridge.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to take part in several guided tastings. There will be tastings of premium Boschendal wines and Méthode Cap Classique, a coffee tasting led by Tribe Coffee and beer tasting from Darling Brew. There will also be tours of the Boschendal farm, giving visitors an opportunity to learn about biological farming with pasture-raised beef and chicken.
After working up a hunger from a day of learning, guests are invited to the farm feast dinner on Saturday. The open-air feast will be enjoyed at a long communal table featuring a variety of Boschendal wines and dishes made with seasonal farm produce. The food will be prepared on open fires by the Boschendal chefs, with the centrepiece being a naturally raised, pasture-fed angus ox that will be slowly roasted on a spit over a bed of coals throughout the day.
Sunday’s highlight will be a barbecue picnic with live music and fun family activities on the lawns. Kiddies can also take part in an informative food garden, cow and chicken tour, and a pizza-making class.
The Saturday farm feast dinner costs R450 per adult for three courses and R200 for children under 12, who will sit at a separate table. The Sunday picnic costs R295 per adult (which includes packed baskets and help-yourself dishes at the spit) and R100 for burgers and chips for children under 12, and includes live entertainment and kids’ activities.
The workshops, talks and tours are all priced separately. Pre-purchase of tickets for the dinners and workshops is essential; click here to book and see the full line-up.