You call it Barbeque – we call it Braai

On Heritage Day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

In 2005, a media campaign sought to “re-brand” the holiday as National Braai Day, in recognition of the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard barbecues, or braais.

On 5 September 2007, Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his appointment as patron of South Africa’s Braai (Barbecue) Day, affirming it to be a unifying force in a divided country (by donning an apron and tucking into a boerewors sausage). At the end of 2007 National Braai Day changed its name to Braai4Heritage and the initiative received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council (NHC).

With Cape Town’s warm, welcoming hospitality you can join locals at any of these places:

The Village Idiot

32 Loop St

This restaurant is a celebration of the South African Braai tradition all year round. Expect premium meat cuts, traditional sausages like Droëwors & Boerewors, Biltong, Pap, traditional Curries and an overall farmhouse atmosphere.

Klawer Kole

Klawer Wine Cellar, West Coast

24 September

The festival allows Klawer to promote its fire-cooking prowess as well as local wine and music.

Braai teams go head-to-head with their cooking techniques. Local chefs will be judging each dish. If you don’t want to compete, bring your family for a picnic in a wonderful atmosphere.

Heritage Day Celebration

Delheim Garden Restaurant, Stellenbosch

24 September

A fixed menu Heritage Day lunch that ticks all the boxes. Bookings are essential. Contact Tel: 021 888 4607 or send an email to restaurant@delheim.com.

Let’s Braai

Orleans Park, Paarl

24 September

Designed as an event to celebrate the creativity, talent, energy and beauty of Paarl and richness of a diverse community. Visitors from far and wide are welcome to join and meet locals.

Hero Adventures

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate & Spice Route Destination, Paarl

In between both wine estate, any outdoors activity lover will find an abundance of offers. Bicycle (MTB) and Trail paths for paddling, running or walking in a range of difficulties from challenging the experienced to family fun.

They are in full swing for the long Heritage weekend with a number of family trails that cater for kiddies and weekend warriors, while the Shiraz and Pinotage trail is the big attraction. With some of the best single track around and views that are truly spellbinding.

Rhebokskloof facilities include a restaurant, bike wash, showers, coffee shop, wine tasting, horse riding and quad biking.

Spice Route trail additions include Jeep track, dam walls and river crossing, climbs and flow trails.

Supporting facilities at Spice route include a trail center, showers, bike wash, restaurants, the CBC brewery, the DV Chocolate & ice cream and wine tasting.

Heritage Month Biltong & Wine Pairing

Stellenbosch Hills Wine Estate

The Biltong & Wine Pairing at its cellar – for a limited time only – to also feature a most traditional confection: the koe(k)sister.

The quintessential South African dessert treat will be the kicker on the Stellenbosch Hills’ experience that pairs its wines with biltong and droëwors. Extending the celebration of cultural diversity, tasters will be offered the choice of two versions: a plaited, sweet-and-crunchy koeksister or the Cape Malay-style equivalent koe’sister. The latter generally comprises a spiced dough-ball that’s deep-fried, dipped in boiling hot syrup and rolled in desiccated coconut.

The other members of the pairing board are:

Springbok Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve White: a perfect balance between lean, dry gaminess and the wine’s sumptuous citrus and buttered toast flavours;

Moist Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Polkadraai Pinotage/Merlot: succulent complexity matched with sweeter notes of the premier red blend;

Ostrich Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Merlot: milder game meat perfectly complemented by the plummy, ripe fruit flavours of a well-rounded companion;

Smoked Beef Biltong & Stellenbosch Hills Shiraz: A unique oak-smoked and cured biltong, gently spiced connect seamlessly with smoky flavours of a wine that exhibits a hint of dark chocolate;

Kudu Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills Cabernet Sauvignon: Subtle yet rich game flavours perfect match for silky tannin and notes of ripe black fruit; and,

Traditional Beef Droëwors & Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve Red: Exotic zest of roasted coriander offsets the wine’s clean spice and ripe tannin.

This exclusive and proudly South African pairing is available only for the month of September and at the give-away price of R75 per person. Bookings are therefore, strongly advised and can be made at 021 881 3828/9 or email info@stellenbosch-hills.co.za.

Quenti Farm Festival

Quenti Alpaca & Mill, Wellington

29 September, 10:00- 16:00

This farm does everything from growing Alpacas to shear, grade and batch the fiber, sort, wash, card and spin, natural colouring, knitting and finishing.

Alpaca Interactions – Food Stalls – Demos – Workshops – Lots of yarn stalls


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