6 Epicurean Experiences
Food tours of palatable proportions
As the birthplace of biltong, boerewors and bunnychow, as well as sweeter delights, such as melktert, malva pudding and koeksisters, South Africa has as much to offer the luxury cousine fundi as it does the eyes.
Thanks to the country’s cultural diversity, you’re likely to experience a range of epicurean eccentricities on a luxury holiday in South Africa that you may never even have heard of before. However, if you are a lover of all things edible, then a food tour is a great way to make sure you taste as wide a variety of culinary delights as possible, so that no droewors goes undevoured.
Here are some food tours, classes and events that will take you into the heart of South African heritage on an experience of palatable proportions.
1. Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour
Follow the scents of coriander, cinnamon and cumin to the colourful quarters of Bo-Kaap on a cooking tour that will strip this iconic neighbourhood down to its spicy soul.
On the tour, you will learn about Cape Malay culture, as well as traditional cooking techniques and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. This is the ultimate tour if you can’t get enough of bobotie and want to learn how to recreate the full-bodied flavours of Cape Malay cuisine on your own.
2. Foodie Thursdays
This full-day tour will show you the historical, cultural and contemporary sides of Cape Town, in an appreciation of all things artisanal — from cheese and charcuterie, to coffee and chocolate.
You will stroll along the streets of Woodstock, down Bree Street and through Bo-Kaap, before following up a day of drinking and dining at the Hope Street Market or the monthly First Thursdays event, which offers late night openings in galleries, shops and restaurants across the city.
3. Cape Town Eats City Walking Tour
This was the first food tour launched in Cape Town and it offers the delectable opportunity to get to the heart of the Mother City through your stomach. Come with receptive taste buds and an empty belly, as this leisurely-paced tour will allow you to sample some of the city’s specialities, from Xhosa stew to samoosas, while taking you through some trendy, historical, and culturally significant areas.
4. African Cooking Class
This cooking class offers a rare chance to learn about Xhosa culture, while creating positive change, as the workshop takes place at Eziko Cooking and Catering School in Langa, which is a community project that trains locals to be chefs.
During the lesson, you will learn how to cook umngqusho, umfino, chakalaka, and drink umqombothi. Do all those names sound exotic and exciting? Wait until you try them!
5. Yeoville Dinner Club
If you are a food lover on a quest to experience Jo’burg hospitality, then the Yeoville Dinner Club is the perfect way to enjoy fantastic food and conversation in the country’s capital.
The pan-African flavours of this communal feast will take you on a trip through the continent, with dishes and drinks that celebrate the taste of Africa, such as Zulu ginger beer.
6. Culinary Cycle Safari
Pedal along on a 10-day alimentary adventure from Cape Town up the West Coast, through mountain passes and the valleys of the Cape Winelands. Re-fuel by indulging in local delicacies — from fresh seafood and homemade cheeses, to tender Karoo lamb — while learning about local culture and customs along the way.
If you’re a gallivanting gastronome or a culture vulture that wishes to explore the nation’s eclectic food scene and learn some tricks of the trade, then contact Elite Travel Concept to find out how to incorporate one of these exciting epicurean experiences on your next luxury vacation.