Top 4 Culinary Experiences to Be Had in Southern Africa

by Sandy Salle on August 21, 2012

Image to the left taken from the African Relish website

From world-renowned, award-winning chefs to fantastic traditional cuisine, and internationally inspired restaurants to some of the world’s finest, locally produced wines, southern Africa has been a culinary mecca for centuries.

Today, there are a variety of ways to explore the flavors of southern Africa, including some of the most exclusive culinary tours, cooking classes, and gourmet safaris.

Below we’ve outlined the top classes and tours for food and wine lovers:

African Relish: Situated in the quaint Karoo town of Prince Albert, South Africa, African Relish is a recreational cooking school that immerses visitors into the rich flavors of South African cuisine and food and wine pairing.

Currently, African Relish offers Culinary Tours, Set Courses, and Anytime Courses so that all guests can find the right fit for their culinary needs. Some of their Anytime Courses include Spices, Karoo Classics, South African Classics, Sauces, Vegetarian Dishes, Food & Wine Pairing, Comfort Food, and Tapas—Karoo Style!

Image above taken from the African Relish website

They are also teaming with Bike & Saddle, offering a Culinary Tour called Culinary Cycle Experience that combines bicycle riding through South Africa’s quaint regions with daily visits to some of the regions’ most spectacular restaurants and hidden eatery gems. During this 10-day excursion, guests will travel in a small group with other food and cycling lovers to enjoy a highly social and rewarding experience. Included in the tour price are all meals, refreshments, and alcoholic beverages, 5-star accommodations for every night (including Cape Grace Hotel and Le Quartier Francais), bikes and all safety equipment, an official tour guide, and all admissions fees to reserves, parks, and attractions. Highlights of the tour include Chapman’s Peak Mountain Pass, Table Mountain, Cape Floral Kingdom, Prince Albert, cooking classes at African Relish, olive farm visits, chocolate tastings, and tours in Franschhoek.

Click here to take a look at the detailed Culinary Cycle Experience itinerary.

Some of African Relish’s Set Courses include guest / celebrity hosts, such as Cooking with Reze Mahammad—Spice Prince of India, Cooking with Jacques Erasmus, The Magician of Hemelhuijs, and Summer Bistro with Stefan Marais.

Click here to check out some of African Relish’s courses.

Top Nosh Cooking Classes: As a leading cooking course provider in Cape Town, Top Nosh offers a variety of Themed Cooking Courses throughout each month, such as sushi, desserts, vegetarian, all around chocolate, basic baking, and more. They also offer tailor-made private dinner parties and events for groups of 4 – 8 individuals. During these private parties, guests can enjoy a fun-filled night of laughter, great wine, exciting cooking lessons, and spectacular cuisine. The menu for private parties can be customized to fit your exact needs and preferences.

Image above taken from the Top Nosh website.

Image above taken from the Top Nosh website.

Image above taken from the Top Nosh website.

All classes are hosted in the Top Nosh studio, which is equipped with state-of-the-art cooking equipment, supplies, and utensils.

Click here to check out their current calendar of events.

Cape Malay Cooking Tour & Class: The Cape Malay Quarter Cooking Tour is one of our absolute favorites! Many of our clients return from these tours with a newfound knowledge of South African history and food culture, and are eager to share their newly acquired South African recipes with friends and family back home.

This gourmet tour begins with a walk through the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, where a guide, specializing in South African food, wine, and history, will discuss the area’s culinary influences, dating back to the 1600s. This introduction into Cape Malay cuisine allows you to understand the dishes you will about to be cooking, and understand where the various flavors came from.

After your brief tour through Bo-Kaap, you will enjoy an afternoon cooking traditional Cape Malay cuisine with a local host at his or her home. You’ll meet community members, and other travelers as you experience a hands-on cooking class. During the class you’ll be able to sip South African wine and socialize with your small group.

Once you’ve helped create a banquet of fresh and tasty South African dishes, it’s time to feast!

Contact Hills of Africa to learn more about Cape Malay Cooking Tours.

Dine with a Local: Bringing travelers into local homes, Dine with a Local is an exceptional South African-based, boutique culinary experiences company that believes in true cultural immersion. Specifically, Dine-with-a-Local founder, Kim Evans, sources regular South Africans whom love to entertain and cook, and pairs them with visitors to South Africa who are looking for a more culturally enriching South African vacation. They are then hosted for a delightfully interesting evening, while in a relaxed, warm, and hospitable environment. Dine with a Local experiences are all about local cuisine and local people and their stories. South Africans are known for their wonderful hospitality and cunning sense of humor, which makes for a splendid and entertaining cooking and dining experience!

Image above provided by Dine with a Local


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