13 events for foodies in March

Make March a memorable one and celebrate delectable cuisine with cooking and pairing experiences this autumn.

Western Cape

Introductory Indian Cooking Classes

If you’ve ever wanted to whip up authentic Indian specialties and know the secrets of aromatic spices, sign up for this interactive three-hour class that will conclude with a lovely lunch.

When: 7 March, 9am to 12pm

Where: Masala Dosa Restaurant

Cost: R400 per person


Middelvlei Family Day

Celebrate the end-of-harvest season with lawn games, Winelands sports, live music and a traditional South African braai. There will be a feast of potbrood and braaibroodjies, chops, boerewors, sosaties, pumpkin fritters and homemade milk tart.

When: 7 March, 1am to 4pm

Where: Middelvlei Wine Estate

Cost: R300 for adults and R100 for kids

Mini Gin and Tapas Fest

Enjoy a lively Saturday sipping, mixing and tasting. Choose from a selection of ten gins and pair with delectable tapas.

When: 7 March, 3pm to 6pm

Where: The Station on Bree

Cost: R200 each

Intro to Organic Vegetable Gardening

Now is the time to start growing vegetables organically. Learn about the soil types, how to prepare beds, optimal growing conditions and more in this interactive class that includes a tour of the Oranjezicht City Farm and various demonstrations.

When: 14 March, 9am to 12pm

Where: Oranjezicht City Farm and Market

Cost: R275

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Many rile against a day supposedly dedicated to love being spoiled by our consumerist ways. Steering clear of cliched reds and superficial shine doesn't mean you can't celebrate the ones you love, luckily! 🌈 Love, after all, deserves to be celebrated whenever we are fortunate enough to chance upon it! ♥️ . Head on over to our site (link in bio) where you can sponsor a bed of veggies in your lover's name; sign yourselves up for a bokashi-making workshop so you can nourish each other and the earth; or any of the other creativity-boosting workshops that are coming up. Or, if you're ready to take this relationship to the next level, become a Friend of the Farm. You'll be invited to exclusive lunches, talks and special access to the lush green haven that is the Farm. You'll get an overwhelming amount of love in return – promise 😘 . There are also a few last spots available for the Long Table lunch we're hosting with @laposkitchen on 24 February. If there is  a better way to celebrate loving and being loved than with hearty Italian food, we can't think of it 🍝 Head to our Stories for more, or send an email to

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St Patrick’s Day Irish Experience with Liam Tomlin

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to cook alongside chef Liam Tomlin, who’ll be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with an Irish-inspired menu. He’ll be preparing a soda bread, cold-smoked trout and chive cream starter, collar of bacon, colcannon, duck sausage with a warm potato salad, and a fig-and-almond tart with Guinness ice cream.

When: 17 March, 6.30pm to 10pm

Where: The Kitchen Collective

Cost: R900 per person

Green & Vegan Pop Up Dining

Feast on a multi-course plant-based menu in an intimate, exclusive environment.

When: 21 March

Where: Green & Vegan

Cost: R399 per person

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Caramelised Onion Ginger Carrot Soup We’ve said it before and we say it again, it takes an understanding of plant based cuisine to make tasty vegan food. Most soups use a stock and often bones are added to achieve flavour. To get deep flavour into a vegan soup, we sweat a bunch of alliums – garlic, shallots, onions or leeks – over a period of time. We always add salt at the beginning of this process as it releases liquid which helps concentrate flavours. Then we deglaze with an acid such as wine, vinegar or lemon juice. By this point you have the sweetness of caramelised vegetables plus saltiness and acidic flavours as a base for your soup. We topped our carrot and ginger soup with bitter crunchy red micro greens. #vegansoup #vegansoups #greenandvegan #greenandvegancapetown #vegan101 #vegancooking #vegancookingclass #vegancookingclasses #vegancookinglessons #howtovegan #makeveganfood #veganfoodshare #veganfoodshares #plantbasedsoup #beginnervegan #veganchef #veganchefs #plantbasedchef #plantbasedchefs #vegantips #veganhints #vegantricks #howtogovegan #howtoeatvegan #howtobevegan #vegansa #vegansouthafrica

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Sourdough Workshop at Karl’s Bakehouse

Beer Country SA’s Karl Tessendorf – writer, baker and recipe developer – will be hosting an interactive class on baking sourdough. Guests will each produce two loaves of sourdough bread to take home and will enjoy a lunch of sourdough, charcuterie and cheese.

When: 21 March, 9am

Where: Karl’s Bakehouse

Cost: R800per person

The Festival of Bubbles at The Vineyard

The finest local and international bubblies will be enjoyed on the lawns of the Vineyard Hotel gardens at this year’s Festival of Bubbles. Expect your fill of Simonsig, Villiera, Graham Beck, Boschendal, Klein Constantia, Waterkloof, Bon Courage, Anthonij Rupert Wyn, Steenberg and Colmant, Silverthorn and Domaine des Dieux.

When:22 March, 3pm to 6pm

Where:The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands

Cost: R275 per person

Cooking Classes with Matt Manning

Join Matt Manning, chef-patron of Grub & Vine, for a multi-course gourmet cooking class where you’ll gain insight into the art of cooking and more. Choose from a comprehensive How To Cook class or a One Ingredient interactive five-course dining and wine pairing experience.

When: 26 March, 6.30pm

Where:The Chef’s Studio on Bree Street

Cost: R350 to R750

Rhebokskloof Harvest Celebration

Enjoy a day of vineyard tours on tractors, grape stomping, barrel rolling, live music and gourmet food. There will be carriage and pony rides for kids and so much more at this fun family festival.

When: 28 March, 9am

Where:Rhebokskloof Wine Estate

Cost: Free

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Bring the family, both old and young and have barrels of fun at our annual Harvest Festival on 28 March. If you'd like to prepare for the day and hone more than just your grape stomping skills, be sure to practice the following: – navigating your way through an obstacle course while racing to fill a wine bottle, – “skiet die kurk met 'n kettie!” It's all about aim as you shoot painted corks onto white paper using a slingshot, – eat grapes from hanging bunches, while blindfolded and your hands tied behind your back, and more! For more information, visit the Rhebokskloof Harvest Festival event on facebook: link in bio. #harvest #festival #harvestfestival #rhebokskloof #family #friends #fun #grapestomping #obstaclecourse #wine #food #music #kids #games

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Savoury Cheesecake & Wine Pairing Experience 

Indulge in this food-and-wine pairing experience where four savoury cheesecakes will be paired with four of Vondeling’s well-loved wines. The cheesecakes are made with a combination of cream cheese, parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar. Expect combinations such as a salmon cheesecake paired with chardonnay; chicken and peppadew cheesecakes paired with Vondeling Babiana; biltong cheesecake paired with Vondeling Monsonia; and a salami cheesecake paired with Vondeling Barrel Selection merlot.

When: 28 March, 11am to 2.30pm

Where:Vondeling Wines, Paarl

Cost: R250

Chefs Invite: Rickey Broekhoven and chef Guy Bennet

For one night only, Ricky Broekhoven – Head Chef at The Restaurant at Newton Johnson Vineyards – will create a Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir-inspired menu at Gigi Rooftop. Expect a four-course menu elegantly paired with wines from Newton Johnson.

When:30 March, 6pm

Where:Gigi Rooftop, Gorgeous George Hotel

Cost: R895 per person


Plant-Based Cooking Demo with Leozette Roode

Learn how to cook delicious plant-based dishes at home with cookbook author Leozette Roode. She’ll demonstrate three vegan recipes and conclude the evening with a light dinner.

When:16 March, 5.30pm to 9pm

Where:Olive Branch Cookery School

Cost: R150 per person (cash bar available)


The Chocolate Fair

You don’t have to wait until April for your Easter treat – Killarney Mall will have your chocolate desires covered at their first-ever chocolate fair. Imagine chocolate fountains, milkshakes, crepes, waffles … even chocolate wine and vegan chocolate! For those who prefer something savoury, Killarney Mall’s monthly Final Friday Foodies Market will be taking place on the same day (i.e. the Saturday).

When: 28 March, 10am to 5pm

Where: Killarney Mall

Cost: Entrance is free

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