Cape Town Tourism’s recently launched campaign, Hello Weekend, is now in full swing with a host of themed Cape Town weekends to suit every personality. Adding a fun twist, visitors to the campaign’s micro-site www.helloweekend.capetown can take a quick quiz to determine what sort of weekend personality they are. If they find out that they are a ‘Food Fanatic’, a gourmet weekend in Cape Town awaits.
Cape Town boasts some of the best restaurants in the country and has recently been voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveller as the third-best food city in the world. Food markets, pop-up events and unique foodie hangouts add to the flavourful mix.
Blending eating and learning experiences to satisfy the ultimate culinary curiosity, it’s also a great time to visit Cape Town for a host of warming restaurant specials at many of the city’s top eateries.
Thompson’s Holidays provides the basic deal for this gourmet weekend. Flight, accommodation of two to three nights plus two days car hire with Avis starting at R3624 per person. You can pick and choose a package to match your preference on http://www.thompsons.co.za/deals/Hello_Weekend but Hello Weekend suggests foodies stay at city hotel, The Pepper Club for the weekend of 21-24 May as the Good Food &Wine Festival is in town.
Here are some other ideas to make it a Tastecapes Weekend in Cape Town:
Champagne Brunch at The Pot Luck Club
Think mushrooms on toast with pancetta, smoked salmon and horseradish cannelloni and sugary churros served with bottomless bubbles. Sunday Brunch at Pot Luck Club, established by award-winning chef Luke Dale-Roberts, is a special affair with a collection of creative dishes served on platters to share around the table. Sunday only from 11:00am. Advanced booking essential.
Cape Malay Cooking Class
Cape Malay cuisine is one of the country’s most celebrated culinary traditions and who better to teach you the fine alchemy of flavours and share secret heirloom recipes than one of its most iconic proponents Cass Abrahams. Learn more about the Cape Malay history as you cook, and of course taste, your way through the cuisine with a sumptuous three-course meal.
Chef’s Table Mount Nelson
Food aficionados will love this front row seat to the real-life spectacle and drama of the goings-on in a five-star restaurant kitchen. Located in an alcove of The Planet restaurant’s kitchen at the Mount Nelson Hotel, guests of the Chef’s Table will be wowed by the skill and artistry with which these chefs produce one delectable dish after another and get tuck into the fruits of their labour while getting the inside scoop on their secret ingredients.
Jason Bakery, Bree Street
If the smell of freshly baked bread gets your mouth watering then head on over to Jason Bakery, a unique foodie hangout. This hole-in-the-wall bakery turned restaurant, on bustling Bree Street, serves up a wide range of delicious food including breakfast, delis, sandwiches, soul food and vegetarian options. Head there on Saturday morning as it is closed on Sundays, Mondays & public holidays.
The Tasting Kitchen, Franschhoek
The picturesque Franschhoek, just 75km from Cape Town, is home to several world-class restaurants and wine estates. But for the serious gourmand, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is a must. Headed up by chef Margot Janse and winner of the EatOut 2014 Grolsch Service Excellence award, the restaurant’s African-inspired menu tells a sophisticated, authentic tale of local flavour and influences.
Says Cape Town Tourism’s Executive Marketing Manager, Velma Corcoran; “Cape Town has something on every single weekend of the year and for food lovers the adventure is endless. We have put some ideas on the table – but the menu is up to you.”
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