Food Gathered Straight From Mother Nature’s Pantry

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HerbsForaging for food isn’t new, in fact it’s rumoured to be one of the top 10 food trends in 2012. As children we picked blueberries, strawberries, mushrooms and wild garlic, we raided the orchard for fresh apricots and loved to find an endless source of sweet, juicy grapes. Today, however, we shop in supermarkets, everything is packaged in plastic and the simple joy of gathering our food has been lost.

Not so at Sun International’s Table Bay Hotel. The Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is offering a unique “Cooking with Fynbos” package from 1 June to 30 November 2012.

The Chefs at the Table Bay Hotel use Fynbos to create unique South African dishes. The Fynbos ingredients are handpicked and guests can now join in the fun of gathering their own ingredients.

Fynbos are indigenous plants found only in the Cape. There are about 300 different species of Fynbos, but only eight plants are edible”, says Executive Chef Dallas Orr.

Any stay at the Table Bay Hotel, with its superb setting, elegant facilities and world class service, is a pleasure. And, now with the Fynbos Cooking Package you can add a new discovery to your trip. Dreams, Sun International’s in-house tour operator, have put together an accommodation package with flights for those in Johannesburg who would love to forage for Fynbos.

The package ranges from R5 100 per person sharing during the off peak period between 1 June and 30 September and from R6 720 per person sharing during the peak period between 1 October and 30 November 2012.

This package includes:

  • return flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • airport transfers
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • breakfast daily and the Full Day Cooking with Fynbos experience

If you don’t require flights but want to take up the 2-night accommodation offer, then the cost is R3 460 per person sharing during off peak and R5 100 per person sharing during peak season.

There is also a Half Day Cooking with Fynbos package that include flights and accommodation or if you merely want to enjoy only the cooking side of things, then you can do that as well.

The Full Day package (R950) includes a trip to Baskloof Private Nature Reserve, a 60-minute road trip. Guests depart from the hotel at 09h00 and upon arrival at Baskloof they are treated to hot soup and crusty loaves. There are a range of soups from which to choose from: Chunky bean and waterblommetjie soup with wild rosemary; beef, barley and wild rosemary; vegetable and buchu; or chicken soup with lentil and wild dagga. Guests then go for a Fynbos walk where they learn about Fynbos and also the correct way to pick it. The Fynbos picked is used to cook with later that night.

Guests return to the hotel at about 13h00. The afternoon is at leisure. At 18h00 guests enjoy a welcome Fynbos infusion and canapés followed by a 5 course tasting menu. There are five different tasting menu’s to choose from and include, amongst other tasty dishes, Cremelat gorgonzola with honey bush poached pear stack and macadamia nut dust and sosatie marinated lamb cutlets, apricot and wild dagga polenta, Fynbos liqueur soaked apricots and a fricassee of Edamame and white beans.

As part of the package guests receive a Fynbos gift. There are six gifts to choose from: Wild rosemary vinegar, Buchu vinegar, Buchu infused olive oil, Buchu brandy, Buchu water or Fynbos honey with honey comb.

The Half Day Package (R650) includes a welcome drink infused with Fynbos – the choice of infusions range from Buchu Lemonade, Lemon Pelargonium Iced Tea, Rooibos Mojito, Sour Fig and Mint Cordial to Wild Dagga Tea. An assortment of canapés accompanies the welcome drink. Guests are given a short introduction to Fynbos and this is then followed by a 5 course tasting menu. Each guest also receives a Fynbos gift.

To book just the Cooking with Fynbos package call the Table Bay Hotel directly on 021 406 5918 or call Sun International Dreams on 011 217 5566 to book the flights and accommodation package

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